Gear Thursday: Real Nappies Diaper Review

By kenny friedman on Thursday, May 27, 2010

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A bit ago we made the switch to cloth diapers...I forget when exactly but if you really care you can probably check out my infographics because I mention it on one of those.

Any way when we made the switch I learned a few things about cloth diapers:
  • They are easier to use than you'd think.
  • You wind up touching a lot of pee (because you have to get the liner out of the cover.)
  • The first few times you experience poo in a cloth diaper you will want to throw it away.
  • You won't throw it away because they are expensive - upfront cost, but are cheaper in the long run.
  • You will do a shitload of laundry...not sure if that's a pun but if it is then the pun is intended.
  • The one size fits all cloth diapers are bullshit (see above re: pun)
  • There are a shitload of different kinds of cloth diapers (see above re: pun.)
  • If you don't have a good diaper pail bag the room will smell craptastic very soon (see above re: pun)
  • It's obnoxious to basically make the same pun over and over again.
With all that being said we're glad we made the switch. Like I said in my crappy list they are easy to use. The learning curve is small.

When we were looking at starting the cloth diapers we found that a lot of so called "one size fits all" diapers didn't fit all sizes. They'll have snaps, straps, velcro or some shit to fit snugly but you will inevitably get a leak.

A long, long time ago I was contacted by Real Nappies to do a review of their diapers so since we were ready I took them up on the offer. I was sent an Infant Size Intro Pack which includes a diaper, diaper cover and a liner.

When I first opened the pack I was a little worried...they looked a little old school because they are the pre-fold style. Basically that means they have one of those flat diapers that you fold and put in a cover.

We set out to try them on Miloh. Following the instructions for a boy we folded the diaper. There are different folds for boy or girl for obvious reasons. There are videos on how to fold correctly...I didn't feel the need to watch them because it seemed easy enough, and I think it was. (boy video. girl video)

After folding you tuck the diaper in the cover, put the cover on and wait for your kid to pee. You can do things while waiting. Things like: tummy time, feed a bottle, read a book (to your baby or in another room by yourself), put your baby to sleep, make brownies and send them to me, or many other things.

Once that kid of yours is ready to be changed you get ready to touch pee...this happens with all cloth. With the Real Nappies you take the diaper out of the cover and slap a new one in and start the whole process over until you get your kid going in the toilet.

I think they say you can use covers 4 times before washing. That's actually really nice. It cuts down on washing and cuts cost because the diapers are relatively inexpensive.

All in all we were happy with how the diaper worked. It was way easier than we thought it would be, fit well and didn't leak.

The only negative was that Miloh got really crabby when he peed because these aren't as wicking as disposables and some cloths we've tried. But I should mention it was the first cloth he tried so he was getting used to non-disposables. Also they say that as you wash the diaper part they get more wicky and such. And most importantly one of the benefits of cloth diapers is the kid knows it peed...this awareness helps toilet training.

All in all I think that Real Nappies are a good thing to check out...they seem quite affordable to the competition because of the multi-use cover and they aren't to hard to figure out.

Learn more on the Real Nappies site or check them out on Amazon.

In case you're a cloth diaper freak I'll have another review in a few weeks...



9 comments:

  1. We've never been brave enough to switch to cloth. Even with the disposables I seem to be touching a lot of pee. I must be doing something wrong.

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  2. We made the switch to gdiapers - but we use the cloth inserts not the flushable ones. So far they are great and laundry isn't too bad :) we spray off the poop first and her room smells less now than it did w/ pampers. Might be worth a try. I think they have a starter kit in for $100.

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  3. Yeah we've done the whole bum genius thing and you're right...they work for a while but then it's velcro crap and they get all janky after a while. we're sending them off to be converted to snaps b/c they work so much better. we'll have to give these a go as well. thx for the review

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  4. Hi,

    Thanks for the review. We've tried cloth diapers here, the pocket ones, but baby Max didn't get used to them. I totally agree with you that the One Size Fit All doesn't work at all, at least not for us.

    Good luck with the cloth diapers, we have decided to go back to disposable ones - too much hassle. I'm adding your post to my blog because many people asked how did the cloth experience go for us.

    Great blog by the way,

    Vanessa

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  5. for our first kid we did disposables. with our second kid we are doing cloth but are using a service. It's great and ends up costing around the same as disposables.

    if i had done more research when i was pregnant with our first, i would've paid the cost for cloth up front.

    for new parents wondering about cloth, do some research and get a service for the first couple months to see if it's for you! or pay the money and stick it out. it'll be worth it in the end.

    good job!

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  6. We haven't had a problem with the one-size yet, except that they were too big for the first 2 or 3 months. He's almost 7 months now, and they are fitting fine. The velcro ones are a little frayed but the snap ones are fine. He is wearing them at their largest size now, so i dont know if they will last much longer.

    FYI - i've heard if you put a layer of fleece on top of the prefolds it will do 2 things - the poop will fall right off it into the toilet, and it will also keep the diaper feeling dry even after it is wet.

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  7. Hi,

    Thanks for the review. We've tried cloth diapers here, the pocket ones, but baby Max didn't get used to them. I totally agree with you that the One Size Fit All doesn't work at all, at least not for us.

    Good luck with the cloth diapers, we have decided to go back to disposable ones - too much hassle. I'm adding your post to my blog because many people asked how did the cloth experience go for us.

    Great blog by the way,

    Vanessa

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  8. We haven't had a problem with the one-size yet, except that they were too big for the first 2 or 3 months. He's almost 7 months now, and they are fitting fine. The velcro ones are a little frayed but the snap ones are fine. He is wearing them at their largest size now, so i dont know if they will last much longer.

    FYI - i've heard if you put a layer of fleece on top of the prefolds it will do 2 things - the poop will fall right off it into the toilet, and it will also keep the diaper feeling dry even after it is wet.

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