Thanks to Jacquie from Cheeky Cherubs who shared the photo of Cloth Shot a Day ~ October. I expected a lot more people to post photos and wasn’t sure whether or not to keep posting mine every day or not, but I did. We love cloth nappies and like to support them in any way possible. Although I have never bought anything from Cheeky Cherubs yet, they were a huge sponsor during Cloth Nappy Week 2012. I can just imagine how many Mums were excited to receive some items for their babies. Oh, and a close friend of mine from Gisborne ended up getting a few things while she was visiting over there and was quite impressed with the huge range of items so be sure to check out Cheeky Cherubs for all sorts for your babies and toddlers.
Honey Child, Snappies, Cinnamon, & Bum Cheeks…Zaedyn wears them all! This only shows part of Zaedyn’s stash. He also owns a Punga Tails, Ones & Twos, and more of both Honey Child and Snappies Nappies. How did we end up with so many? ….
Well, on our search to find the perfect cloth nappy before Zaedyn was born, I was overwhelmed with the amount of options. I did not want to make the wrong choice. People seemed to claim that they tried cloth nappies on their baby, but that they just didn’t work and changed to disposables. Ultimately, I don’t know if you can completely make the wrong choice, but I wanted to make sure we bought quality nappies that would suit our baby.
I wanted to look for a pocket nappy with snaps and adjustability around the legs. Price was not necessarily a factor as I wanted the best cloth nappy for our bubz. There were only a couple of options in stores, and I was hesitant to purchase online as I was not familiar with any brands. Somehow through my search, I stumbled across Honey Child Nappies made by clever Kiwis. I said before that price was not necessarily a factor, although I did hesitate a bit seeing how much these ones cost. However, the more I found out about them, the more I knew that they were the ones that I wanted. Of course I would choose the expensive ones!
Nurtured carried them in stock so I was able to see them in the shop and be even more convinced that they were the ones. My husband and I walked out of the store with the Honey Child Complete Nappy System including: 24 nappy outers (12 Infant & 12 Toddler), 14 nappy inserts, 4 booster pads, and 1 nappy tote bag for $799.95 NZD. Considering that these would last us through to toilet training, this wasn’t a huge cost compared to what you might end up paying for disposables. Now our concern was whether or not to buy newborn cloth nappies. The Infant size range was 5-10 kg/11-22 lbs while the Newborn was 2-6 kg/5-13 lbs and they only came as a part-time nappy system with 6 nappy outers, 6 nappy inserts, and 2 booster pads. How big will bubz be? 6 nappies would not get us through a day, but if we bought 2 packs would baby even use them long enough to be worth it? Most people were telling me to start cloth nappies at about 6 weeks, however, if I was worried about the chemicals in disposables, why would I not want to start using cloth at the start when their skin is even more sensitive. In the end, we ended up with 12 Newborn, 12 Infant, and 12 Toddler Honey Child Nappies. The only downside was that they only came in a few colours and the newborn was limited to white, but the quality was well worth it. We were so excited to fold them and stack them up ready to go.
With a close fit around Zaedyn’s little legs, the Honey Child nappies were perfect. We loved them! They were very easy to use and wash, and Zaedyn looked pretty cute in them. However, with only 12 fitting at a time and starting back at work, I sometimes felt like I needed a few more. To buy Honey Child separately, they would cost a bit, and I could never decide on how many more I would need. Then Christmas came around, and to our surprise, Zaedyn had a package full of adorable and funky Snappies Cloth Nappies from Australia. I still smile when I think about the generosity and love for Zaedyn to have an ecobum and to save his Mum from washing so much. Now the stash has continued to grow with a custom made Very Hungry Caterpillar vegan version from Cinnamon (New Zealand Made Reusable Products) for Zaedyn’s 1st birthday party, a minky zebra nappy and blue retro circles nappy from Snappies because they were on sale, a special Beach Bum nappy from Bum Cheeks as a present, and a Punga Tails and Ones and Twos nappy from the Nappy Lady. With a decent nappy stash, we have been able to use cloth nappies full-time while camping, spending weekends away, and on a few holidays to California and Rarotonga without always worrying about washing and running out.
Our Honey Child Nappies seem to be the best quality which has become known as the “Night Nappy” in our house as it seems to be the only one that Zaedyn can wear through the night without leaks. Born 3290g, Zaedyn managed to get good use out of his newborn nappies and at almost 16 month still has yet to wear the Toddler size. His other nappies also have great adjustability as a one size and seem to be worn during the day so that he can show off his stylish bum. Through our cloth nappy journey, I have found that I prefer snaps over velcro and pockets with removable inserts rather than sewn in. I often double up the inserts for more absorbency. As with everything, you will find your own preferences.
Good luck with your journey to fill your stash with nappies to suit your needs.