Hubby and I have accumulated 8 pocket nappies so far (eco nappy solutions, wrigglebugs, snugglybum and fancy pants), which will be nice for when baby is a bit older. We have agreed that we will start with disposables just so that we are not totally overwhelmed by everything and get put off cloth before we start. But after a few weeks or a month or so, I would like to start with cloth. I don't think the pocket OSFA diapers will fit the little baba that small yet right? I have heard lots of words flying around like hybrids, fitteds, flats and prefolds...but not entirely sure what is for nights and what is for newborns? What will fit a one or two month old baby without buying a bunch of newborn sized pockets/fitteds and having them all too small in no time. Any suggestions for what is best in the first few months? I doubt baby will wee and poo so much that he will need super thick nappies at that stage right?
For newborns, you will need newborn sized nappies. One size nappies like pockets only fits from around 3 months. It will still be worth your while to buy newborn nappies as you use between 7 and 12 diapers per day on a newborn up to around 12 weeks. Even if you buy 20 newborn nappies, you will still save a lot of money. You can reuse them for your second baby or sell them on the cloth nappy group on facebook, they sell very quickly, so you won't be wasting money.
As for the terms:
Pocket: a shell lined PUL outer usually lined with microfleece. There is a pocket between the PUL and fleece where you insert the "nappy" which is just a rectangle usually made from micro fiber or bamboo. They are easy to put on, usually have very cute prints or different colours. I love pockets as they clean easily, dry fast and are cost effective, especially if you buy a bulk pack form ALVAbaby.com. I do prefer the bamboo inserts as they absorb more liquid and I usually pair a bamboo with a microfiber insert to ensure that there are no leaks.
Prefold: A rectangular piece of cloth which you fold over twice to form a long insert. You use these with a separate PUL waterproof cover.
Flats: A terry square or a muslin square folded into a nappy and snapped on. You can also use old receiving blankets to make your own flats. This is the cheapest option but not many daddies are willing to try putting one on. You also need a waterproof cover over these.
Fitteds: A all in one nappy made for a certain size baby. Great for newborns, and great for night nappies. You usually put a waterproof PUL cover over these for nights.
Brilliant! Thank you so much. I will inform hubby and start trying to accumulate some newborn fitteds and get some prefolds and snappy nappy and eco nappy solutions covers So with the prefolds, is that a specific type of material? and do you use any inserts with it?
I have 10 pockets now and want to try get the newborn nappies going over the next few months. So excited.
I can't find the older "help, I am officially a cloth nappy user" thread.
I hope someone here may be able to help me please.
I am considering trying cloth nappies for my next baby. However I am seriously concerned about the amount of time it is going to add to my day.
What I would like to know: is there truly a "one in all nappy" that you can just throw in the wash (or keep in your diaper bin for 2 days) without having to unbutton or remove any inserts/liners? I don't mind using the bio-degradable flushable liners to catch poo. I am talking a nappy without a separate liner/pocket system but truly all in one where once the nappy is soiled you can just flush the liner and put dirty nappy in your nappy bin (until washing)?? I don't mind a longer drying time since I am considering using the cloth nappies part time. Obviously this type of nappy shouldn't leak because of not having any liners.
Is this Grovia nappy a true All one in one nappy? Or would you need a separate booster pad/washable insert?
Okay, so I have looked at the Mother nature All in one nappy which looks really great and much cheaper (although still pricey) than the Grovia AIO.
But what I don't get now is that you have to wash the outer cover at 30 degrees and unfasten the bamboo liner and wash that at 50 - 60 degrees?
No I don't see myself doing 2 different wash cycles every second day? Perhaps if I was a full time stay at home mom...but I am not.
Anyone else use the Mother Nature all in one nappy that can perhaps comment?