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Cloth Nappies for night-time use

11 Jul

Tots Bots Bamboo STRETCH nappy

We are often asked for recommendations for night-time nappies.  It is true that whatever nappy you are using during the day it may not last a good 10 hours overnight. Some people can successfully boost pocket nappies with bamboo or hemp boosters and these work fine however if you want an absorbent, no leak nappy then a two-part nappy would definitely be your best option.

Our favourite night-time nappy is the Eccobots Bamboo Nappy.  It is made from gorgeous soft bamboo and has a double layered bamboo boosters which fits inside the nappy.  The inner of the nappy is fully lined with fleece which will keep your baby’s bottom nice and dry throughout the night.  These nappies are made in North Devon which is another bonus for us! Use with a waterproof wrap over the top. We would recommend the Motherease airflow as it’s design enables air to circulate around the nappy or, if you are looking for a good birth to potty wrap then a Blueberry Coverall.

Our other favourite night-time nappies are currently the Tots Bots Bamboozle Stretch and Little Lambs Bamboo nappies, again with the same wraps over the top. Don’t forget you can add boosters to all of these nappies if you need more absorbency. Always put bamboo boosters underneath microfibre boosters as the microfibre absorbs more quickly. Be careful not to over-stuff the nappy though. This can cause gaping at the legs which will cause wee to leak out.

Fleece liners are great for night-time as they will keep any moisture away from your baby’s bottom.

There is always a solution for night-time nappy problems. My advice would be to borrow a few night-time nappies from a friend or nappy advisor and see which works best for you.

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Bambino Mio – Miosolo cloth nappy review

12 Apr


We went into our testing of the MioSolo slightly sceptical having tried and known lots of others who had previously tried Bambino Mio and been less than impressed. When getting into conversations with others about cloth I’ve often heard ‘Oh we tried the Bambino Mios because they were the most popular but really didn’t like them and gave up, so  I have to admit to not being hugely hopeful and positive about trying their newest offering.
Then we tried it.
The MioSolo is a change for Bambino Mio from their usual two-part nappies and is a birth to potty all in one with an attached tuck-in insert that goes into a back pocket and an extra optional booster that goes into the same pocket (think Tots Bots Easyfit if you’re confused).
The MioSolo has become one of our most reached for nappies. The fit is lovely, it looks comfy and soft but snug enough at the same time to ensure no leakage. I had a play with the poppers to adjust size and was pleasantly surprised to see how small the nappy can be adjusted  without looking like it would be bulky on a small baby. The drying time is not the quickest of our nappies but being microfibre you’re still not looking at a huge amount of time and it will easily dry on an airer in a warm room overnight.
I was also surprised by the absorbency of the MioSolo when using the included optional booster and we happily used it as an ‘out and about’ nappy without leaks and my little boy still remaining comfy and dry.If you need extra absorbency there is plenty of room within the pocket to add a bamboo booster but we never needed one.
The only fault we found with the MioSolo was that it started to look slightly tatty after a few washes. It’s easy to see how if you had a full set of these from birth to potty that they wouldn’t end up looking particularly nice. We noticed slight fading and fraying of velcro after around 5 washes. However this doesn’t affect the function of the nappy at all and wouldn’t be too much of a problem at all unless you’re fussy (like me). Overall, we love the MioSolo!

Many thanks to Jen Furmage, Cloth Nappy Advisor in Plymouth for sending us this review

Bambooty Easy One Size cloth nappy review

15 Mar

The Easy One Size Bambooty nappy

Trialling the Bambooty Easy One Size nappy has been a confusing experience for us. It’s not often a nappy leaves me reaching for a diagram not once but twice. Having tried lots and lots of nappies I can normally figure out how they work and are adjusted within seconds but not the Bambooty Easy One Size!It is worth noting that when on the largest setting,this nappy is easy and straightforward and pretty much exactly the same as any birth to potty nappy with popper closure to put on. It is also worth noting that the largest section is much larger than your standard large setting on a Birth to Potty. I would imagine Bambooty have done this because of the fact everyone mentions how small Bambooty sized nappies are. My little boy is in a Bambooty XL in sized but still not quite big enough for the largest fit in this nappy.I asked around a few people who also owned/had tried the Bambooty One Size and the first thing they all said was ‘I don’t like the folding!’ To adjust the nappy to medium you essentially popper down the nappy and then fold the front over, leaving the inner fabric of the nappy exposed and covering much of the print (and the prints ARE gorgeous,Bambooty introduced 2 new prints for the One Size aswell as the standard Bambooty prints and they are much too pretty to cover up).The newborn setting is again a complicated process and leaves the nappy looking bulky although a certain degree of bulkiness is always expected when using a Birth to Potty nappy on a newborn.

Fit aside, the One Size does have the features you would expect from a Bambooty. If you can figure out the folding, it is possible to get a really neat and snug fit. The poppers underneath the labels are  a real help for making sure you don’t get any wing-droop- we didn’t realise they were there until second read of the diagram and they improved the fit dramatically.

As with all Bambooty’s the inserts are sewn in (and includes an optional snap-in booster) and they are nice and absorbent,we never had a leak and the nappy is nice and trim under clothes although this might not be the case if you were using it on a small newborn.

I also noticed that the one size dries surprisingly quickly which considering they contain enough bamboo to make them as absorbent as they are is impressive and I expected a much longer drying time.

Overall a good, reliable nappy as long as you’re willing to invest a little bit of time and some diagram studying to get the fit right!

Thank you to Jen for this nappy review.  Jen is a real nappy advisor with the Devon Real Nappy Project