1. Why do you use real nappies?
Because we couldn't bear the quantity of rubbish generated by disposable nappies, or the waste of the earth's resources on making and transporting mountains of nappies for single use and disposal. We did not want to support that industry.
2. What do you think are the main advantages?
Apart from reducing the impact on the environment, the personal advantages are: not having to buy disposables thus saving lots of money (we estimate at least £1000 over 2 years, £3000 if we have two kids) and also time, and having a nappy that looks great and can function as shorts in the summer, get wet in wet/sand play areas etc without falling off.
3. What is the biggest drawback (and, if relevant, how do you get around it)?
Several drawbacks: i) washing/drying them which is time-consuming as well as an environmental downside; ii) time spent stuffing pocket nappies; iii) nappy change time with two-part nappies (esp as baby gets more wriggly); iv) nappies being more bulky than disposables for carrying around/holidays.
We 'got around' the first issue initially by buying quite a lot of nappies (18 daytime nappies + 3 night-time) which means we only wash every three days and drying times are not crucial.
We have now improved our 'get around' of the first three issues by buying a set of 12 Bumgenius Freetime - all-in-one, super absorbent, non-leaking, no stuffing, super-quick both to hang out and to dry, easy change (apart from the simple addition of a flushable paper liner, they are just like disposables).
Problem iv) is unavoidable. Real nappies just are bigger than disposables, but if you can't/don't want to carry them you can always use disposables when out and about.
4. Which type/style of real nappies do you use, and why?
We've tried several:-
Little Lamb pocket popper nappies are great value (10 for £50) and v quick drying. We found they need to be stuffed with three Little Lamb inserts to avoid leaks. Even so, they do occasionally leak, usually if left on for 4 hrs +. We did find we got fed up with the stuffing. Also poppers have become v difficult to use with a baby who won't stay still for a nappy change.
TotsBots velcro are easy enough to use, but leak more than other nappies, even with an extra bamboo stuffer.
We're now on to BumGenius Freetime, which we did not buy to begin with because they are so expensive. However, having tried two for several months they proved to be so far superior to our other nappies (for reasons set out above) that we have now bought a stash of 12 and wish we had done that in the first place.
All of the above are one size fits birth to toddler which is definitely a good idea.
Little Lamb 2-part nappies we use for night time (bamboo for super absorbency, but they take ages to dry; micro fibre to take on holiday as they are quicker drying but need a booster to last the night; cotton for all-round performance). They have been good, but began leaking a lot once our boy was drinking more water. Adding an extra bamboo stuffer seems to have solved the problem.
5. Can you recommend any local resources or websites for real napp-iers?
Thenappylady.co.uk. Brilliant advice and even better service.
6. What's your top tip for new parents considering trying real nappies?