(This might possibly be my very last cloth diaper review- I’ll try to make it a good one!)
I’m kind of kicking myself that I never invested in something like the Real Nappies Essential Pack when I first started cloth diapering. Probably because I didn’t know something like this existed (and 3 years ago, it may not have)!
We all know I am a huge fan of prefolds and covers, and that is exactly what this is. The Real Nappies Essentials Pack contains: one dozen prefolds, 3 covers, and 100 liners. I happen to have the toddler size box and that is more than enough changes at this stage of the game to get through 2 days of daytime diapering. It’s very basic- white aplix covers, but the aplix is nice and strong and I think most people can appreciate a few white covers in their stash.
Here is what I love about this concept:
– Everything is in one box. There is no guesswork on what you need.
– The inserts at 100% cotton prefolds. I LOVE natural fibers next to the bum!
– It comes in 4 sizes (newborn, infant, crawler, toddler) so you can get the best fit for your little one at any stage..
– Again: 100% COTTON PREFOLDS!!! I cannot think of a more versatile item in my stash and cannot say it enough. Everyone needs cotton prefolds in their stash!
All of my boys are pushing 30 pounds, Lincoln tops out at 36. I got the Toddler sized box which fits 28-40 pounds. Here is the thing with the toddler sized prefolds: I was forced to figure out how to fold them. I am *terrible* at folding prefolds to begin with and the extra length and width just adds a lot of extra bulk. Also: Snappis. I am really bad with Snappis.
Did that deter me from liking them? No way. I think this is really a great way to get into cloth diapering, a way to bulk up you stash for when your regular supply gets low or for those parents who are looking to go as simple as possible.
I think if I were to buy something like this I would maybe get it in the infant size and then add new covers to my stash and tri-fold the prefolds. That would give you less bulk, and (at least in our case) pretty good coverage and absorbency with an infant prefold- even at this stage of the game. We currently use infant prefolds in our pockets since I am too cheap to splurge on bamboo or hemp inserts to replace the microfiber that came with most of them.
I’m personally not a fan of liners– I have no problem dealing with poop which seems to be the main reason to use a liner. For me it’s just an extra step and with squirmy kids, I just can’t do an extra step. For parents who can only stomach cloth diapering if they have a liner to whisk away solids- I thought the liners worked just fine.
I also got to try out the mahu Baby Nappy Cream.
About mahu products:
mahu is New Zealand’s leading omega enriched natural, botanical skincare system, designed by New Zealand midwives for Moms and babies, throughout pregnancy and beyond. mahu has taken out potentially harmful ingredients and put in targeted vitamin and omega rich botanic ingredients for the specific needs of mother and baby. All mahu products are made in New Zealand from locally harvested native plant-life and contain 100% pure natural ingredients, free from potentially harmful chemicals such as phthalates, parabens and sulphates.
While this worked pretty well (and smelled really good for a diaper cream), I don’t believe it’s cloth friendly as it does contain zinc oxide. I reserved this for when the boys were in disposables for school or if we were having a particularly stubborn rash that we had put them into disposables while we stripped our diapers.
Real Nappies and mahu products are made in New Zealand but available here in the US through www.realnappiesusa.com.
I know most of us buy our diapers one by one. Have you ever added an all-in-one box like this to your stash? How did you find it useful?
Disclosure: I was provided a product for the sake of review. All opinions are mine.