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This is a guest review by Krystal
When you are pregnant there are a million different choices to make: Will we find out our baby’s gender? What will we name him/her? Public or private hospital? What colour will we paint the nursery? It seems never-ending…
One choice that I made rather early in my pregnancy was that we would trial using modern cloth nappies. This led to mixed reactions from family and friends. Some, usually from the older generation, thought I was crazy ‘Why would you want to do all that work when disposables are so convenient?’ Some were encouraging and told me how their sister/cousin/neighbour LOVED using cloth. All the while I kept in the back of my mind the reassurance that I could trial them for a while and switch to disposables if they were as time consuming and as hard to use as some people seemed to think.
Once I’d made the decision to try cloth nappies, I began my research. There were a lot more choices in brands and styles than I’d ever imagined and it was easy to get confused. In the midst of my cloth nappy research Ange offered me the opportunity to review the Hippybottomus Trial Nappy Pack, and of course I jumped at the chance to trial such a well-known brand.
The Hippybottomus Trial Nappy Pack contains 6 modern cloth nappies, 2 reusable bamboo wipes, a roll of 100 biodegradable nappy liners, a gusseted bamboo insert and a wetbag.
The nappy’s outer layer is waterproof PUL, while the inner layer is made of beautifully soft bamboo fibre micro-polar fleece. It’s so reassuring to know exactly what is against my baby’s skin as disposables can cause reactions in some babies and often dry out a baby’s skin. Hippybottomus nappies are a pocket design, meaning the absorbent insert can be removed for better washing and faster drying. The one-size-fits-most style allows you to adjust the size using snaps along the front to 3 different rise settings ensuring the leg elastics are nice and snug around bub’s thighs. I tried these nappies on bub as soon as we got home from the hospital but as she is such a skinny baby they fit her much better from 4 weeks onwards. They adjust in size right up to toilet training, meaning we’ll get plenty of use out of them. The patterns are super-cute too, there 8 solid colours and 8 prints to choose from. My favourite of the nappies I was sent is Mushrooms but I also love Lady Beetle, so pretty!
I wasn’t sure about using cloth wipes before bub came along. I thought they’d be gross and add more work, but since bub was born I have tried them and come to love them. They don’t rip like disposable wipes (meaning no poop on your fingers!) and they clean the mess off so much quicker than disposables too! And they’re no extra work, I just pop them in the bag with the dirty nappies and throw them all in the wash together. Once they’re clean I peg them on sock drier to save clothesline space.
Biodegradable Nappy Liners
These liners serve two purposes, one is to make clean-up easier and the second is to protect nappies from creams, etc. Since bub is exclusively breastfed her poop has not reached the solid stage yet, so the clean-up aspect does not really apply just yet, but our paediatrician recommended we use a particular nappy cream that contains zinc (which can build up in cloth nappies and prevent them from absorbing properly) so we use nappy liners to stop the cream from touching the nappies.
I love the size of this wetbag, it’s perfect for a day’s worth of nappies. It conveniently hangs on the corner of our change table, ready for dirty nappies or wipes, and it zips closed to contain any mess. You can also pop it in your nappy bag when you’re out and about to bag up dirty nappies until you get home.
Gusseted Bamboo Insert
This can be added to the nappy to boost its absorbency at night when there is usually longer periods between nappy changes. We haven’t yet needed to use this as bub is only 6 weeks old, but as she grows and begins to out-wet the regular insert, I’m sure this extra insert will come in handy.
This pack is awesome in that it allows you to test out the nappies without a huge financial outlay, with the option to upgrade with the Supplementary Pack at a later time. As the name suggests, the Supplementary Pack supplements the Trial Pack to create the Recommended Nappy Stash. I was pleasantly surprised that buying the two packs separately does not cost more than buying the Recommended Nappy Stash upfront, giving you the opportunity to try on a small-scale before upgrading to the larger pack.
Oh, and the result of my modern cloth nappy trial? We’re now full-time cloth and LOVING it! I totally recommend for parents to give cloth nappies a go, because as the Hippybottomus website says: Think of the environment, think of your baby and think of the savings!
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