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On tinyhuman management. Nappies: from disposable to real/cloth [20130115|10:07]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Sister-out-law brought over a big pile of cloth nappies last week and we started using them in earnest last weekend. Earlier, I’d bought three medium-sized Bambooty Real Nappies, which are amazing but eye-wateringly expensive. I put Humuhumu in them at night because they’re so amazingly absorbent - comparable to a disposable - and keep her pretty dry until morning. I’ll probably invest in three more when she outgrows these, but unless I have another baby, I won’t spend the cash to put her in them all the time.

The cloth nappies from sister-out-law consist of a simple foldable insert in three sizes (Humuhumu is presently in the smallest) and adjustable “waterproof” wrapper. I put waterproof in quotation marks because some of them have been laundered so many times that they’ve rather lost that quality. I find I have to change her much more frequently than I did with disposables because the cloth inserts simply don’t absorb as much. Also, I’m now doing two loads of laundry per day instead of one. However, her skin is a lot less irritated than it was with the disposables. I had to put Sudocream on her every time I changed a disposable. Now I don’t need it at all. I’m not sure whether this is due to the breathability of the cloth or if it’s just that I change her more frequently - probably a bit of both.

I’m not sure what I’ll do when she goes to nursery. Anyone have experience of how it works if they know you choose to use cloth nappies? Do you bring a pile of clean ones with you in the morning and cart home the dirty ones at night? Or do you just accept that they’ll be in disposables at nursery and use cloth at home? I’m not militantly environmentalist enough to insist that they keep her in cloth, but it’d be nice if I could minimize the amount I put in landfill, given the already enormous size of my carbon footprint.
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2013-01-15 14:47 (UTC)
i've friends who've sworn by EC, a concept of potty training your Humus within first few months. They're onto Humu 3 so it really works, despite my lack of discipline in even attempting I am impressed.

ask http://excess-and-oohs.livejournal.com for more info, tell her jixel sent cha :D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-01-16 09:09 (UTC)
I did a little reading about it - I'm not sure I have the necessary dedication to do it. It's a nice idea if you really must carry the baby around all day, but as I don't have to do that, I'd prefer to have my breaks so I can do things like answer e-mails and play on the internet!
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[User Picture]From: thekumquat
2013-01-15 16:16 (UTC)
I'd look on clothnappytree for some extra nappies and inserts - I usually use 2 inserts in a nappy.
For nursery, I leave 4 nappies in a bag each day and get given 3 or 4 nappy sacks with dirty nappies to take home. I found with Quatlet that all in ones or pocket nappies worked well, but 2 pieces sometimes leaked mainly as certain staff never got the hang of nappy nippas. So I got some more 2nd hand nappies to stuff/all in one and they were fine.
Quatling had her first session today and I saw another baby being changed into a nappy with Motherease wrap, so will ask if they are used to nippas. I leave a roll of liners and packets of wipes there.
They did once have a temp who chucked out a nappy without other staff noticing - of course it was A's only new nappy, a dark purple velvet Blueberry that I'd got as a Christmas present for him. Was most miffed.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-01-16 10:36 (UTC)
Oh, thank you for the link to clothnappytree! Looks like it should be fairly easy (and cheaper) to pick up some more wrappers and all-in-ones. It's good to hear that nurseries are OK with cloth nappies. I'll get some second-hand all-in-ones to use for her nursery days to make life easier.

It also never occurred to me to put extra inserts in the nappies. o.O That's a great idea too, thank you.

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[User Picture]From: thekumquat
2013-01-17 18:42 (UTC)
I have a bunch of random inserts of all thicknesses, some wearing through at one end, so I stuff nappies with two or three and sometimes a thin one under a liner.
Imse Vimse are my favourite paper liners for once the baby is eating food.

Pocket nappies act like all in ones for nursery but dry faster - AIOs like Kushies can take ages. A couple of my Kushies have degraded a bit so I need to buy a couple more to make life easier - R has her first full week of nursery next week.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2013-01-15 20:48 (UTC)
I haven't tried disposables at all, so not really able to compare, but I know Thomas is a very wet boy, and we need to add additional absorbency to his nappies. With that, he can go three or four hours during the day in the good ones (Little Lambs fitted plus wrap), maybe two in the not very good ones (the Tots Bots all-in-ones). Overnight, he gets a bamboo one with extra absorbency added and a wrap which lasts as long as required, at least 12hr. It's wet, obviously, but since he's asleep, he doesn't notice. Bamboo is most absorbent.

He used to get nappy rash now and again when he was younger, when he pooed a lot, but now he almost never does unless he has a particularly pooey day.

Do you have paper liners? We have Little Lamb ones and they keep him almost totally dry, and shrink wrap him! The Tots Bots ones were pretty rubbish and just got really nasty and soggy.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-01-16 10:38 (UTC)
So you've tried several different brands - I take it the Tots Bots rank the lowest and the Little Lambs the highest?

I do have paper liners that I got when I ordered the Bambooty nappies. I put them in the Bambooty nappies against the rare occasion when she does a poo in the night. They're OK, not great, so I'll try the Little Lamb ones, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2013-01-16 14:09 (UTC)
In principal, I like the Tots Bots for convenience, but they're too tight around his thighs now, not nearly absorbent enough even with inserts, and they leak through the seams (this is Easyfits V3 birth to potty ones). Shame. I have a Bumgenius Freetime with science equations on it which is pretty good, and a Charlie Banana sized one which is good too. Generally though, we go for Little Lamb fitted microfibre with additional double folded Little Lamb booster, with a Motherease Airflow or Little Lamb wrap. At night, we use a Little Lamb bamboo or Tots Bots Bamboozle Stretch (they are very good, unlike the Easyfits) with additional booster at night, same wraps.

These are the liners - you can wash them maybe three times to reuse (unless there is poo) which makes a roll last much longer.
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2013-01-15 21:32 (UTC)
We never really got on with washables - though we did try - and switched over to disposables. It can be worth trying different brands. Luckily for us, he got on well with the cheapo supermarket own-brands, given a bit of nappy cream, but then we generally changed him as soon as he needed it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-01-16 10:40 (UTC)
Yes, the Morrisons disposables are just fine for Humuhumu when she's in them. Supposedly the Asda's Little Angels are the very best, but since Morrisons is our nearest supermarket, they win for convenience!

I definitely love the Bambooty cloth nappies but they're so expensive, it's painful.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2013-01-15 21:50 (UTC)
Also, I just found this relevant thing again this evening.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-01-16 10:43 (UTC)
Ahahaaaa, the image of the nekkid baby dashing away from the defeated velcro disposable made me laugh. Brilliant.
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[User Picture]From: belladonna_
2013-01-18 12:22 (UTC)
We didn't use cloth, but I know that my daycare is totally fine with them.

Also, if I had known that diaper sprayers existed, I might have trie cloth. If you don't know about diaper sprayers, google it posthaste. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-01-21 13:50 (UTC)
Funnily enough, I had just learned about diaper sprayers from the blog entry linked in the comment above yours: here. They look like a good idea - especially once poo becomes solid. At the moment it seems like it'd be pretty pointless!
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