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Re: reusable nappies

by jorigby » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:50 pm

I used One Life, with one set fine for both my children.  No soaking required, just used to leave them in a bucket with a lid on and wash them twice a week.  Even did a camping holiday with them!  I freecycled most of them at the end, you could try putting a post on Freecycle to see if anyone has some.  I used the remaining ones to stuff a hall draught excluder, the kids (now teenagers) find it hilarious that their nappies are still with us.  Good luck with it!

Re: reusable nappies

by sjcguk » Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:03 pm

Hi, I run the NCT nappy library mentioned above. I do have a newborn kit for hire for £5 but it depends when you are due as it does have a few reservations.  Contact me for more info and/or a free nappy demo. 

Cheapest way to do it otherwise for a newborn is to get 3-4 tiny wraps and pad them with muslins or prefolds - you can get used prefolds for as little as 50p each if you search the dedicated facebook groups.   Brand new wraps can be got from about £5 - try Twinkleontheweb and maybe TJs for bargains. ... ppies.html ... RBO-1.html

If you can spend a little more, I like the Close Pop-in multipack, which is about £45 for 6 wraps and 10 inserts - you can also use muslins and prefolds with these wraps if (when!) you run out of inserts.    Get the bamboo version if possible. ... -pack.html

If you want the most absorbant and least likely to leak then you need a shaped nappy with a wrap. Preferably bamboo, although these are slow-drying.  Little Lamb are good and relatively cheap for this nappy type - the size 1 would last you up to about 9 months old. ... -pack-of-5

Re: reusable nappies

by SJ1979 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:44 pm

We used pop-in nappies, all in one, birth to potty ones for our daughter, very successfully.   There are many brilliant brands out there now, our daughter is now 10 yrs old, and they've come on a huge amount since then.  We used eco disposables when on holidays as much easier, but other than that, once you get into a routine, it's really very easy.  Look at the Nappy Lady as well for advice on the best brands etc. ... ppies.html


Re: reusable nappies

by Shaftesburymum » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:20 pm

Hi there,

We tried reusable nappies, but struggled. We lived in a small flat at the time and just didn’t have the space for soaking them and found it very labour intensive. I’m pleased to read others here found it worked for them.

What I can recommend as a back up plan, is Bambo eco friendly disposable nappies. They’re not full of all the chemicals found in supermarket brands. My daughter never had nappy rash and I think that had a lot to do with these nappies. They’re biodegradable and free of plastic.

Also, if you don’t mind second hand NCT Nearly New sales are a good place to pick up reusable nappies for a great price.

Good luck!

Re: reusable nappies

by JustChocolateCake » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:26 pm

Join the FB group “Cloth Bums and Bits SW London” for a community of local parents using reusable nappies and wipes - you might be able to loan some to try out or buy secondhand.

Re: reusable nappies

by wandsworth_new_mum » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:07 pm

We use TotsBots Birth to Potty nappies - we have used them from 10 weeks and they are still going strong 2 years later just as we are starting potty training. Depending on the size of your baby and what age you want to start using them from, we found birth to potty to be a good option for us - but they would be too big for a newborn/very small baby. For that reason we decided to wait until she was big enough and then bought one kit that would last. However you can get some second hand newborn nappies if you want to start now - the Nappy Lady pre loved group on Facebook has lots.

Also, Wimbledon NCT has a cloth nappy library: ... py-library
They might be able to help you decide which type would be best for you - there are so many and it really depends on what you want. We went for TotsBots peanut as we live in a small flat and they are quicker to dry than all-in-one systems.

Re: reusable nappies

by Needcoffeenow » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:17 am

I can’t recommend a brand as it’s a long time since I used them but I do totally recommend them! After using disposable nappies for my first two children I used a non-disposable service for the third and really wished I’d done the same previously. The nappies at the time were absorbent cotton squares with neat waterproof overpants. Worked perfectly well and something nice about wrapping baby's bottom in fresh cotton instead of plastic stuff full of chemicals. I also realised they were surprisingly easy to wash and dry and I would have saved a small fortune if I’d bought them for child no 1!

reusable nappies

by Lily pomme » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:07 pm

Hi there

If you have used reusable nappies from newborn/1 month, which brand do you recommand as most reliable/ absorbant?

There are so many brands/ opinions. I have checked the nappy lady website, amazon and nappies groups on FB already 

I have a small budget so looking for least pricey option as possible