So you’re interested in using real nappies – you’ve heard great things about them. But why are there so many different types? How is it possible to make a choice?
Different nappies suit different babies AND different parents. And you may find the nappy that works well at home during the day doesn’t work at night or when you’re out and about. You need to start using real nappies to find out for yourself what works for you and your baby.
Sounds daunting? We can help you learn through your own experience for a minimal investment. We sell an 8 nappy trial kit which will form the basis of your nappy stash. Those 8 nappies will last about 24 hours. While they are in the wash and drying you use disposables. You will soon find out what you like best and you can work out what else you need.
Our trial kit consists of
Six small pre-fold nappies: these work from new born through to potty training. They form the backbone of any real nappy wardrobe. A pre-fold is a flat nappy with a central extra absorbent section – you do still have to fold it! This short video shows how. Pre-folds tends to be the preferred option for when you’re at home. They are simple and durable and cheap meaning you can bulk up your stash for a very low cost. They also make great cloths on the changing mat when your baby is having bare bottom/nappy-free time.
One birth-to-potty all-in-one nappy (most of these have a pocket which you stuff with the absorbent nappy insert, so also called pocket or stuffable nappy.) This tends to be the preferred option for out and about.
One birth-to-potty shaped nappy – which tends to be the preferred option for nights.
Two waterproof wraps: one sized with Velcro and one birth-to-potty with snaps (both go over prefold nappies and your shaped nappy)
A roll of liners to catch the poo so minimal poo gets on the nappy and thus into your washing machine.
There are 2 sizes, one from new born, the other from 6 months. You can buy the pack here.
NB You may have heard about high and low-rise nappies (not unlike high and low-rise jeans. Some fit round the waist others below the tummy.) This pack allows you to try out both so again, you find out which suits your baby better – if it makes any difference at all.
The main thing is to see changing time as enjoyable contact time with your baby. Watch this short film on YouTube by baby brain guru Suzanne Zeedyk. It shows that a nappy change can be very important stimulation to the development of your baby’s brain.