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I don’t know – my first review in almost 2 years and what do I write about? Nappies! Perhaps that’s an indication of why I haven’t been about recently, because I seem to be spending all my time changing the things!
Anyway, having previously extolled the virtues of Tots Bots, I thought this time I would go for a different type of nappy, the stuffable. There are lots of different stuffable nappies on the market, but the Wonderoo is, I think, the only one that fits from birth to potty training – a ‘one-size’ nappy.
Stuffable nappies differ from normal washable nappies in that they have two parts to them – the nappy and then whatever you decide to stuff them with to provide the absorbency. The actual nappy is very thin – it consists of a waterproof outer layer and a cloth inner layer. At the back of the nappy is a gap into which you put the stuffing – hence stuffable!
The outer of a Wonderoo is made of PUL – this is breathable and waterproof and also quite stretchy. The inner lining is made of polyester suedecloth. This is a lovely soft material that is next to your baby’s skin. It allows wetness to pass through into the stuffing, keeping baby’s skin dry. Full elastication round the legs and across the back of the nappy helps to ensure a good fit on different sized babies.
The nappy fastens with a series of poppers which allow you to adjust the fit depending on the size of your baby. For newborns, the front of the nappy folds down and poppers shut to help prevent bulkiness. For larger babies, the sheer number of poppers means you can increase the size accordingly. The nappy is designed to fit babies from 8 – 35 pounds in weight, so they should last quite a long while!
As for stuffing – well, it is really up to the individual needs of your baby. There are many specially designed, slim inserts that can be put into the nappy. Or you can fold up a traditional terry nappy to fit inside, although this will be slightly bulkier. Personally, I tend to use prefold nappies and fold them to fit.
Care of the nappies is straightforward. If the nappy is just wet, simply remove the stuffing and place both nappy and stuffing in your nappy bin until wash day. If the nappy is dirty, shake the contents into the toilet – the suedecloth is pretty good for releasing any residue! If there is anything particularly stubborn, I tend to hold onto the nappy and flush the toilet – do make sure you hold on tight though! When it is time to wash, I like to do a rinse in my washing machine before doing a main wash – this just helps to remove any stubborn stains. Wash using a 40 degree wash cycle and do an extra rinse if you can. This helps to prevent any build up of washing detergent which can cause the nappies to smell. Wonderoos can be tumble dried, but it can reduce the life span of the nappy. I prefer to hang outside to dry if possible – the sun is great for bleaching any lingering stains! Because they are so thin, Wonderoos dry very quickly.
These make great nappies for if your baby is in childcare, because they are easy to put on and take off. If you supply them to your childcarer ready stuffed, they are as simple to use as a disposable and much kinder on the environment. I tend to use these nappies when my toddler is with his childminder, and there have been no problems with using them.
Wonderoos come in a variety of colours, from plain white through various shades of yellow, green, blue, red, pink and lilac! So there is no excuse for not finding a colour you like! They cost around £11 each new, then you need to buy the absorbent stuffing as well. That may seem a lot, but when you consider how many times you will use each nappy, it is cheaper than disposables.
I have been using washable nappies since my son was born and have tried many different types. I have only recently started using Wonderoos as I needed some more stuffable nappies for the childminder, and they compare very favourably to others I have used. Leakage is not a problem, they wash and dry very quickly and they are easy to use. My toddler is not a small chap, and there is still plenty of room for him to grow with these nappies.
They are available to buy from many online nappy retailers - if you type Wonderoo into Google you come up with several hits!
I’m sure I’ve probably forgotten something I need to say, but it will take me a while to get back into the swing of writing reviews again! Constructive comments welcome, and I hope it won’t be another 2 years until my next review!