Advantages All in one reusable and washable nappy for ease of changing
Disadvantages Can be leaky, take a while to dry
I bought my first Kooshies Ultra all-in-one nappy about 3 years ago when I found one reduced to about £4 in Sainsburys. It was white with multicoloured swirls on it suitable for a boy or girl in size 22-45lbs. The style is similar to a disposable - just velcro it up and away you go (although not quite as slim fitting). We rejected the idea of using that nappy anymore after our son pooed in it - it was very messy to clean up. We put it to the back of the cupboard for emergencies.Three years later we looked in to reusable nappies again as by this time we had 3 children all in nappies! (3 kids in two-and-a-half years - quite a handful!!) On doing deeper and better research I found that reusable nappies need liners to retain waste products and keep the skin dry. Had I known this when I tried the first one we might have got on a little better with them!!
I have since used this Kooshies Ultra nappy on many occasions along with a variety of other washable types; terry nappies, prefolds, and nappies with separate wraps. I would say in comparison that the Kooshies Ultra does not hold as much fluid as the terrys as they are 100% cotton on the inside and the cotton does not soak up as well. You can buy boosters to go in them to make them more absorbant but these are 100%cotton as well.The advantage with the all in one is that it is so quick and easy to put on a wriggling baby - just put the liner in, velcro up and hey presto! With the terrys you have to put the liner in, velcro up the nappy and then (with baby still wriggling) put an outside wrap on to make it waterproof.
The disadvantage is that they tend to be a bit leaky around the leg gussets so if you don't get a solid poo you not only have the nappy to change but clothes as well.After they have been used they can be stored ready for washing in a nappy bucket (with or without water but if you don't soak with water a pre-wash is recommended to get rid of the waste) and washed in the washing machine - I wash mine at 60 degrees. They can be tumbled on cool or line dried. I have found that the Kooshies take a long time to dry, but no longer than the shaped terrys.
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