For the second time in the Jones household we are getting ready for the arrival of a new, heart meltingly adorable, and very squishy member of our growing family. How did it come around so fast? Where did the past 38 weeks go?
This past weekend we (Read: Gav. The body:hole in the ceiling ratio was never going to let me through there) got Jensen’s old clothes that we had stored out of the loft to see what we had that we could use for our Little Seahorse. Well, imagine my surprise (and then imagine Gav’s, “I told you that you bought too many clothes for him” face) when we found that I (hey, at least I’m taking responsibility for it) hadn’t just bought enough clothes for Jensen to wear so far in his life that they filled a few bags, but 11 enormous vacuum bags. Eleven. Ummm….. Maybe I have a problem.
Anyhow, we (Gav) got them all out of the loft and I started to empty them onto our bed so that we could sort the age ranges out. For some reason this really made Jensen rather over-excited and he was leaping through the mounds of clothes on the bed and throwing them into the air like I imagine I would throw money if I had lots of it. Or any of it.
It was like watching a scene from Bambi with Thumper leaping through the blossoms. Something made him giddy about these clothes and after he managed to scatter the contents of two bags on all side of our bed, down the back and sides, Gav took him to calm down and watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates on Disney Junior. Jensen was in slumberland within minutes.
In a couple of the bags are what I want post about; nappies. Nappies, diapers, whatever you choose to call them. The things that cover your little one’s bottom half and catch the nasty bits that shoot out of their nether regions.
We are a cloth-nappy household. Jensen Indiana wore disposable nappies in hospital the week he was born and other than that (until recently when he figured out how to strip them off like a matador in public and particularly when waiting outside the entrance at IBM during rush hour when collecting Dadda) he has sported various cloth nappies, to fuel my obsession.
I decided before Jensen was born that I would cloth nappy him out of some ideal. I was a cloth nappy baby and it sounded so very picture perfect adorable to me. Despite my Mum telling me how her hands split washing nappies every day and boiling them on her stove, the idea of sweet little nappies blowing in the wind outside seemed too good to resist. Plus, I had a washing machine, right?
None of my friends seemed to think it was a good idea, none of my (English) friends were doing it and the words cloth nappies seemed to strike fear into their hearts in general. How hard could it be?
When I started out I had no real idea what I was doing and after much research bought a set of the softest, cutest, fluffiest, picture perfect nappies I could find. I found them in the form of the Lollipop Softee Nappy.
|My Cutie Patootie with his Snuggly Booty…|
How can I describe them? You know those snuggly bed socks that you get at Christmas, all fluffy and soft? Well, they’re like them, but for your baby’s bottom and thicker and even softer. I couldn’t imagine anything sweeter on my baby’s bottom. It’s like wearing a teddy bear.
How do I fit them? They fasten easily with velcro and come with a separate soaker pad that you can position yourself to boost the absorbancy (especially good for little boys!).
How do I rate them? Jensen looked adorable in them and so will our Seahorse. The claim on these nappies was that they would not loose their softness no matter how many times they were washed, and after seeing them again after they served a year on Jensen’s bottom, I can honestly say they were right. Even Gavin (who is always suspicious that I am spending money on something) asked me if I had bought new ones, they look so good. So now Gav is pleased with his initial investment of what was around £200. We never, ONCE had nappy rash and they washed brilliantly and came out of the machine nearly dry.
|The Lollipop Softee ~ Champion of Fluffy Bottoms!|
How much will it cost? I bought size ones for Jensen, a set of 20 I think. They came in a wicker hamper and a couple of wet bags and wraps. I spent around £200 initially and bought a few more at around £9 each. The only other equipment I needed was a bucket to put them in until the end of the day when they went in the wash.
Any other comments? As they are made of microfleece, with no lining, wraps are generally required. You can get (of course) a wide range of these. However, I never used them and changed Jensen as soon as I suspected he was wet. Wraps are ideal if you are going out and don’t want to end up with a soggy baby. Around the house, I liked seeing (and feeling) that soft, fleecy bottom rolling around. My go-to wrap was Thirsties if I did need one to leave the house with.
Stage Two: A BIGGER BOTTOM…
When his tiny little squishy, marshmallowy bottom (who knew you could love a bottom so much until you grew it yourself?) was too big for these, I trialled a wide variety of other nappies ~ Bumgenius, Cushie tushies, Starbunz, Bambooty, Tots Bots, Eco-Bubs, you name it. If it was cute, I tried it. There are flats, pads, stuffers, pre-folds, all in ones, pop-ins, one size, sized… It’s very confusing out there.
|Monkey Starbunz ~ HIGHLY absorbent!|
What’s even more confusing is if you’re hoping that Dadda or someone else is going to also be changing your little one’s bottom. You might have mastered the origami like art of stuffing your favourite nappy but poor Dadda over there, he’s covered in poop and looking for an instruction booklet or manual.
|My Research Assistant|
|Checking out the goods…|
|Can you get a cuter test subject?|
So, when it came to buying bigger nappies for my bigger boy’s beautiful bottom, I was a very considerate Mamma and did my research again (yes, it was in the form of buying one of nearly every make of nappy that I found cute and acceptable to grace the bottom of my little adventurer, but it was research ~ honestly) and came out with a firm, front-running favourite that Dadda liked a lot. I give you the Bitti Tutto, Snap In One nappy by Itti Bitti. That’s not to say we didn’t like other nappies, these just were the best we found.
|I know there’s only a peep here, but I love this photo 🙂|
|Blowing Bubbles in our Itti Bitti D’lish (for smaller bottoms)|
|Dadda and Jensen Catching Up at the Weekend|