Looking for a cloth nappy to use can be really confusing; there are so many different brands to choose from! Then there is the terminology – it’s almost like you need to learn a new language. Do you know your all in two from your popper and pocket? Your booster from your insert or liner?
Really all you want to know is which nappy is best?
The answer unfortunately depends on a few different points. There are probably a whole host of nappies that will fit your baby just fine and do the job you want – its working out which ones they are that can be the problem.
There are a few things you can look for when choosing cloth nappies depending on the features you want;
1. Material – cheaper nappies that are likely to need lots of extra inserts later are typically made with only or mainly microfibre inserts. The more absorbent materials are cotton, bamboo and hemp (in order with hemp being most absorbent). A nappy packed full of hemp you might think is great however it will be slow to dry and is the most expensive material so you may pay a premium too. Mid range nappies tend to have a higher amount of cotton and bamboo which dry quicker and have a mid-range price.
2. Second Gussets – Whether internal or external a second gusset can make a world of difference to preventing leaks around the leg. Most mid-range and premium nappies will have this feature.
3. Poppers or Velcro fastening – if grandparents are looking after your little one regularly and will be using the cloth nappies you may need to consider what they will find easiest to do up and undo. Velcro is definitely simpler however in can need a little tlc every now and then and can be a undone by a toddler. Poppers on the other hand can be very difficult to fasten and seem more confusing as there are often lots of options for where to do them up.
4. Drying time – if you don’t want to buy loads of nappies you need to consider how long they take to dry. Do the inserts come apart or unfold? If it’s an all in one can you turn it inside out somehow?
5. Size – if you and your partner are tall there is a good chance your little one will be too. OF course it’s not a hard and fast rule. If you think your little one is going to be tall or they are born on one of the upper percentiles you want to consider the top end weight range of the nappy. There is a big difference in the weight nappies go up to in the birth to potty size so it is definitely something to consider. Another thing to look out for is how many rise position the nappy has. The rise is how you fasten the nappy to change it’s size and is usually changed by poppers up and down the front of the nappy. Some have as few as two positions and some have four or five. More rise position will allow you to fit the nappy better as your little one grows.
6. Guarantee – does the nappy come with any guarantees either from the retailer or the manufacturer? This will ensure in the event there are any faults you will be covered.
7. The type of nappy you are most comfortable with – Whether it’s an all in one, all in two, pocket, fitted or a hybrid narrowing your search by type first is a great way to start.
At The Norfolk Nappy Company we only stock nappies we trust and have fully tested. If you need help choosing which nappies would work for you we can help. We take lots of details from you to help you narrow the choices down to two or three nappies then you can decide based on your budget or the prints.