I started to cloth diaper both my kids a little over a year ago when my daughter was about four months old and my son was 1.5 years. I spent a lot of time researching and debating before ultimately deciding on what method to use for my kids. Anyone one who has cloth diapered or has even considered it knows what goes involved. It is a complicated path of decision making that is ultimately worth it.
When I made my choice on methods, I was sure that was the one and only type of cloth diapering for me. As time has passed, I’ve realized there are so many options out there that are worth trying out. I was seriously considering trying out some different forms of cloth diapers when I got this awesome opportunity from Real Nappies to try out their style of diapers.
Traditionally I use pocket diapers and for anyone not versed in cloth diaper terminology, they work the way they sound. There is a pocket that holds the absorbent material and they are used in much the same way as a disposable diaper – with each diaper and “stuffing” only being used until the next change. Real Nappies diapers are more in the style of Cover/Insert cloth. This means that there is a waterproof cover with the absorbent material laid inside as an insert. Each change (as long as nothing gets on the cover) the insert is changed out but the cover can be reused. There are a lot more facts that could be discussed, such as materials involved and benefits of the different types, but I’ll save that for a cloth discussion board.
I was intimidated by the cover/insert style originally. It seemed too complicated for a beginner and I didn’t know how I’d successfully prepare for each change or use this style of diaper while out on the go. I worried so much over nothing! I tried out the toddler size of Real Nappies diapers and I now find myself reaching for them for my son well before my pocket diapers. The inserts are super absorbent and just as easy to clean as my pocket have been. The ability to change just the insert reduces my laundry load since I don’t have the addition of the diaper part to go with each change. I’m honestly considering picking up a few more to add to my stash and getting a few that fit my daughter as well.
The only real down side to these diapers for some people might be the Velcro strips. The two most often used closing tools on diapers these days are Velcro and snaps and for many people the Velcro is easier for their kid to undo and therefore not something they enjoy using. For me, my kids both can undo the snaps on their diapers as well so the use of Velcro does not decrease the value of these diapers. Personally, it is quite helpful for getting the perfect fit where issues can arise with the use of snaps.
Overall, I am quite pleased with Real Nappies. I am glad I stepped outside my comfort zone and tried a different style of diaper and I hope if you are considering cloth diapering or changing the method you are using that you consider Real Nappies as part of your search!
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Thank you to Real Nappies for providing this product for review purposes.