Our voyage into cloth nappies (as it seems to be for most) began with one disaster after another. We tried the GNappies system, as this seemed to be very popular - however it was fraught with problems. This is probably down to something that I was doing wrong, perhaps using the wrong size of nappy or fastening it at the wrong setting, as there seem to be plenty of people out there that are very happy with these nappies. But our experience was a lot of leaks and one grumpy baby.
We ended up giving up after a little while and went back to disposables which I found very disappointing as I wanted to use as few disposables as possible, due to their harsh environmental impact. Not wanting to give up altogether, I found The Nappy Lady website which that sells and offers advice on cloth nappies. They were very helpful when I called them up in a mental funk (more about this in my next post on Getting Started With Cloth Nappies) and recommended the Tot Bots Bamboozle Stretch system, as modelled by Mr Foxy in the picture at the top. They originally recommended using the Mothereze wraps over the top of the nappies, but my baby has since grown out of these and we are using the ones that we originally got with the Tot Bots nappies and haven't had any problems.
The full system that we have been using is shown above: the main nappy is in the middle, with the nappy insert on the left and the wrap that goes over the top on the right. Above is a wet-bag that we have been using from LittleLamb (there will be more about the complete system in my next post.)
Having suffered from 'compression leaks' with our previous nappies, it was a relief to find that there were no leaks with these nappies (not even when Bobby was wearing jeans) and although we have had the occasional leak, which happens with all nappy brands, there has been nothing major. Having drank only milk for a couple of days after having a bug, there was a leaky poo incident which made us wonder if these nappies were able to handle poorly tummies. But we switched to a disposable and when the same thing happened again later in the day but with even worse leakage, things were looking much better for the cloth nappy.
Overall we are very happy with this system - there has not been many leaks and Bobby seems comfortable in the nappies. We also prefer the Tot Bot wraps to the Mothereze, as they fasten with velcro and not press-studs, which we found dug into our baby's legs (having said this his legs are a little chunky.) We have been using them with nappy liners as pictured below. The ones in the picture are the Tot Bots biodegradable liners, but we personally prefer the ones from LittleLamb as they are easier to wrap around the nappy insert - with the Tot Bot ones you might want to use two for better coverage. These liners are biodegradable and flushable so that little poos (and big ones) can be easily removed from the nappy and flushed away.
These nappies come in plain white or in a variety of colours, as do their accompanying wraps. The colours are lovely and bright and I find myself being mildly obsessed that they match my baby's outfit. On this note, I would highly recommend that you wash the colour nappies before using them, as we have found that when it comes to changing time our baby has a bottom covered in colourful fluff. But this has been the only real issue that we have had.
I have linked the The Nappy Lady website below where you can have a look at this nappy system for yourself - I would love to hear your comments on how you have gotten on with these nappies and any other system that you have tried.
My next post is also linked below which is a guide on getting started with cloth nappies.