Can I use the nappies from birth?
Yes, definitely. For early teeny babies you can use the Teenyfits or we would recommend the size 1 Bamboozle stretch. For average size babies 8lbs plus go straight into the Easyfits or the size 2 Bamboozle Stretch.
What does B2P mean?
Birth to Potty, also known as a One Size Fits All, or OSFM…One Size Fits Most which is really more the case. With all Birth to potty nappies there is always a compromise to be made for those babies at either ends of the weight and length centile chart. We find that the B2P options we have ( the Easyfit and Bamboozle size 2) are great on 90% of newborn babies. However on long skinny babies we sometime see leg gape and this can result in leaks until the baby puts on a few layers of fat. This is easy to solve, if you are expecting a smaller baby, buy some Teenyfits or size 1 Bamboozle Stretchies to cover this initial period.
What does AIO mean?
All in One…this means that the waterproof layer is integral to the nappy and no need to fumble around at 3 am in the morning for a separate waterproof cover….oh how we love those night changes!
Do you have to use a wrap with the All in Ones?
No, you only need wraps with the two-piece nappies.
What size will the size 1’s fit up until?
Approximately 6 months, maybe less and often longer, it all depends on birth size and If your baby is a monster munch or a little nibbler.
Which TotsBots nappy is the most popular and why?
The Easyfit without a doubt, because it is the most convenient.
My baby is 9lbs 3oz, should I go straight into the size 2’s?
You can, but if you are unsure then buy some size 1’s to try too.
Which nappy is the slimmest fitting?
The Easyfit but the Bamboozle stretch comes close.
Which nappy is the most absorbent?
The Bamboozle Stretch wins for performance and are best for overnight use.
But can I use the Stretchy during the day too?
Yes of course, it is entirely up to you it is just that most people prefer the convenience of a All-In-One during the day. But if you prefer just to have the two-piece system then go for it.
Can you use the Easyfits during the night though?
Yes you can but you will need to boost. Using a two-piece nappy will give double barrier protection against leaks, if on the rare occasion you do have a leak out of the nappy, then it will be caught by the wrap. This is the preferred combination for those early morning explosions from breastfed babies!
My Tots Bots nappies look bulky compared to disposables, won’t my baby be uncomfortable?
Disposables have only been around since the 70’s and before then every baby wore cloth with no adverse effect of discomfort, In actual fact when toddling cloth is best as it gives a nice padded landing.
I have heard that babies potty train earlier when using cloth, is this true?
On the whole yes. There is a slight delay between your little one weeing, and absorption of the wee in cloth, so that toddlers learn to associate the wetness with peeing sooner than they do in disposables, therefore speeding up potty training.
How much will I need to spend in total?
If you are buying a complete set then budget between £250 – £300.
How often will I need to change the nappies?
A newborn baby can need changing 8-10 times per day. Once weaned this can reduce to 5-6. Toddlers only need about 3-4 nappies per day.
For the two piece nappies do I need to use a clean wrap with every nappy change?
No simply re-use with the next nappy
How many nappies will I need in total?
You will need 15 – 20 depending on how often you want to wash. If you plan to wash daily 15 will be fine, If not then it is a good idea to get some more.
Do I have to use liners?
Yes, these are essential to protect baby’s skin from irritation. Use a paper or fleece liner but not both.
Which is best paper or fleece liners?
Fleece works best but paper are more convenient.
Will I need to use a barrier cream?
If using liners yes, if not then no as it will build up in the nappies and can be difficult to get off and can cause absorption problems.
My baby sleeps through should I wake her to change her nappy?
Wow lucky you!! The saying let sleeping dogs lie also applies to babies! Just make sure you use a stay dry liner and if the nappy is totally sodden in the morning then boosting is a good idea.
Is using boosters essential?
Not in the first instance, only if baby turns out to be heavy wetter ie you start to have to change more frequently than before.
How many nappies will make up a full load?
For optimum performance do not overload your machine, no more than 15 nappies at a time.
My nappies still smell of wee after washing them how can I get rid of this?
Do a 60 degree wash in Potion and extra rinse and this should get rid of the smell.
To prevent further build up soak nappies in water before washing and do not leave for more than one day. Make sure nappies are bone dry, store in an airing cupboard. Line dry too as the sunlight not only bleaches stains it is also kills bacteria which can build up in nappies and cause a smell.
Can I use fabric conditioner on my nappies?
No, it coats the fibres and reduces absorbency.
Can I bleach the nappies?
No. If you find your nappies are still stained after washing, reduce the time in between washes and get as much poop off before you pop them in the bucket. Wash in Potion at 60 and best of all, line dry – sunlight works wonders!
How long do the nappies take to dry?
Warm Airing Cupboard
- Easyfit – 3-4 hrs
- Bamboozles – 12 hrs approx
Can I tumble dry?
Yes, always on the cool setting but really there is no need to tumble the wraps or the Easyfits
Will the nappies last for more than one baby?
Hmm, that depends, the nappies endure a lot of peeing, pooing and washing, eventually they will wear out. If however you have a full set of nappies, and that means buying about 20-25, you never tumble dry, never soak, wash at 30 constantly and wash within a day of soiling then you may find that your nappies will be reusable for another child.