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June 8, 2010

Modern Nappies: Where To Start? I Have $50 To Spend, What Cloth Nappy Do I Buy?

Modern Nappies: Where To Start? I Have $50 To Spend, What Cloth Nappy Do I Buy?

“Where to start? I have $50 to spend, what cloth nappies or accessories do you recommend I buy at your store?”

Modern Nappies range in price, and this depends on a range of factors – the materials used (organic fabrics will cost more), where they are made, the degree of embellishments, the type of fastenings and designs, the type of waterproofing used or simply the fabric used as the ‘outer’ shell… Imagine you are given $50 from a rellie to spend on a gift for your baby or toddler. What nappy would you get?

The Winter Sponsors of the 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative were invited to contribute to this series of Congo Questions. Each donated a special cloth nappy to go out as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stopped a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to either play in the current giveaway (they go for 6 weeks at the start of each season) or register and be notified when the next round is set to begin! You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

A reusable and washable nappy can last for years, even over a few children. The BIG question in cloth nappying is always “Which is the best cloth nappy to buy?” The answer is more complex, and yet simple really. Try a few out! What works for your baby won’t for another! Why? Some babies are chubby bubbies, others are skinni minis, some wee a LOT, others seem to poo all day when little! Some have pot bellies, others slim hips. You get the idea – all our nappy doula’s have experience fitting their nappies to different sorts of baby needs – be sure to email and Ask them their opinion on what would suit the needs of your baby, your budget and your values. (Perhaps you only want the most natural fibres near your baby’s skin.)

You’ll see a wonderful range of responses. This is what Our Nappy Experts have to say:

Amanda from Sweet Bubba Eco Store:

A sweet tooshie nappy, Munchskins baby massage oil, and a couple of biobaby organic cotton face washers.

Janine from Ninky Bear:

All of the nappies in my store are one-size-fits-all, so you don’t need to worry about sizings, which is great if you are new to cloth nappies. So I would suggest a nappy (I especially recommend the bonnibuns), and a packet of flushable liners, making nappy cleaning a breeze!

Emma from Brindabella Baby:

I would get two different nappies so you can compare the fit and try different styles. For example, a Monk N Bear all-in-one for $19.95, and a Bumwear pocket for $31. Or a Mandy Mac hemp fitted nappy for $18 and a Cushie Tushies all-in- one for $35.

Cassandra from New Age Nappies:

1 GroVia Hybrid

Kyra from E-Weez:

Starting with a Baby BeeHinds Petite All-In-Two ($31NZD) and an extra snap-in insert ($13.50NZD) is a good choice! These nappies are trim, easy to use and with an extra snap-in insert you can replace the soaker pad with a dry one at nappy change time. This means that you can get more use out of each individual nappy and save money! If you could squeeze out 20 cents more, I’d also recommend our Baby BeeHinds Minkee Trial Pack. This gives you two nappies at a 20% discount and you can try out both the trim Petite or the popular Minkee MagicAlls. This pack contains 1x Petite AI2 and 1x Minkee MagicAlls AIO.

Eva from Oz Baby Trends:

We don’t actually retail, but I’d recommend starting with a Pop-In Dream Dri ($36) and Dri-night Booster ($12) from one of our retailers. This will give you a good feel for the design of the nappy and its capabilities.

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

$50 at Ticklefish Tots can get you 2 complete standard AI2 nappies in any size! And for a smaller bub (newborn to around 8kgs) you can even get 2 fancier nappies! And 2 nappies is a great start!

Marnie from Noonee Wilga:

For your potty learning toddler, training pants are an ideal step to make during the transition out of nappies. Noonee Wilga OneWet Pants have the trim look and feel of underwear but absorb and contain any little accidents. Two pairs of OneWet Pants (choose between classic sewn side or side snapping versions) in your choice of snuggly polar fleece fabrics which are perfect for winter, or in natural cotton interlock for summer comfort will leave you with enough change from $50 to purchase a fleece potty cover. (or treat yourself and get a custom made soft and luxurious cloth pad for yourself. Don’t you deserve the comfort of cloth too??)

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

At Bean Sprout Bubba, most mums start off buying 2 x $25 nappies (postage not included). These include Bubba J Basics pocket nappies (sized S, M, L) which come with a bamboo trifold that can be folded into 3 for 6 layers of bamboo absorbency. Or buy 1 nappy (any nappy really) plus extra inserts for night use and a wetbag for going out. Mums who already have the basics e.g. terry flats could spare an extra $10 (including postage) to buy a white nappy sprayer at $55 + regular parcel postage.

Fiona and Catherine from Darlings Downunder:

If you buy a Monkey Doodlez TAG System (cover $18, set of 3 inserts $32) for $50, you get enough nappies for 3 changes in a row. If you’re changing 6 nappies a day, that’s half a day’s worth of nappies for $50! The inserts are not just rectangular pads, they are carefully designed and shaped, with elastic gussets to provide superior containment and prevent soiling of the cover, so that you can just change the insert and reuse the cover. It also has the plushest velour to sit against baby’s skin. As a bonus, you can use the cover over other nappies, both prefolds and fittteds. A really economical system that doesn’t compromise on quality and fit.

Kyra from Bubbalooba:

I recommend you buy 2 nappies and some cloth wipes – a great start to using to modern cloth nappies!

Nicole from Krap Katchers:

Grab yourself a Stuff ‘em Silly nappy and you won’t regret it, your baby will love waking up leak free in the morning! Although keep your eye out for our new designer wetbags, and luscious wipes and thirsty nappy inserts soon arriving in store, you could also pop a few of these into your shopping cart at the same time.

Jacquie from Cheeky Cherubs:

With $50 I would suggest the Pop In Night Nappy Trial Pack. This pack comes with your choice of either the Pop In Original or Pop In Dream Dri and a colour co-ordinated Dri Night Booster and at a discounted price. This is the nappy that converted me to cloth. I trialled it through the night and when it proved to not leak at all I knew I was on to a winner!

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

With $50- a little too hard but I would either buy some universal size boosters to add absorbency to any of your nappy brands to use for sleeps and as bub starts to wee more. My other decision would be to buy a Sandman night Nappy to give bub dry nights and save you lots of money and buy you lots of sleep.

Thank you to all our nappy doula’s for their contributions, I really enjoy these articles. I like that I can benefit from the experience of other mums who use these nappies and have lots of insights and ideas and a broad perspective of what is popular (and thus effective) for different types of babies. Each brings their own thoughts into their contribution, which I feel gives us a well rounded and more natural way to build our own opinions on what our options are. Next week the question is about cloth nappies and a newborn baby – there will be some awesome advice about the things to focus on when you bring a little itty bitty freshie home!

– Our Nappy Experts –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of Mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.

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A question to you about your search for the best cloth nappy to start your stash…

What would YOU buy with $50 to spend on your first cloth purchase?


  1. I’d get a bright funky print or a batik original for $30 – Extremely Nappies come with bamboo and microfiber boosters. They’re a waterproof pocket nappy, and are One-Size-Fits-All so your baby won’t outgrow them. With your change, you could get any nappy without the boosters($20), or 5 boosters on their own (microfiber, bamboo or hemp) $4 each.

    Comment by Lara from ExtremelyNappies — June 8, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  2. $50 will get you a Jax Naps Sampler which is 2 standard nappies, 2 absorbent inserts and a booster. Valued at $76.
    Wow thats a great saving of $26.

    Comment by Tamara — June 15, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

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