Tag Archives: real nappies

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.

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

Review of Halo Laundry Liquid

4 Jul

We were recently sent a sample of Halo Laundry Liquid to test and review.  I was interested in the product as it was advertised as being environmentally friendly and suitable for sensitive skin so of course it was right up my street.  That and the fact that I do have a magic laundry basket which never seems to be empty!

The liquid is advertised as being ‘the worlds first non bio laundry liquid that is scientifically proven to kill hospital super bugs even at 30 degrees’.  Great news for those of us that like to wash at lower temperatures. You can see details  of the bacteria and viruses that the liquid can tackle here, and it’s a pretty reassuring list.  The product is environmentally friendly in that it works at low temperatures and produces very little foam.  The ingredients are suitable for those with sensitive skin so perfect for babies and young children, or those with skin conditions.

So how did it perform for us?

We used the liquid on every type of wash.  Whites, dark colours, cotton, synthetics and even cloth nappies.  Every wash came out looking great and smelling great.  We had no problems with stains even at 30 degrees and the clothes came out smelling nice and fresh.  When using them to wash cloth nappies we used just half of the recommended amount and the nappies came out clean, with no stains.  We did do the occasional nappy wash at 30 degrees (would normally do this at 40) and they were just as clean.

I would definitely recommend this product for washing cloth nappies, I found the nappies rinsed much better than with other detergents I have used.  I understand that this product is now stocked in over 500 Tescos stores which is great news, I’m sure it will become very popular.