Every cloth nappy retailer gets asked this question!
Siti from Fluff Bums and Mums in Toowoomba attempts an answer…
I’ve lost count of how many nappy brands and WHAMs there are. In the last 6 years, there has been a notable shift towards cloth nappy usage, be it part time or full time. You can get nappies everywhere – Ebay, Wish, marketplace, Gumtree, preloved markets, craft markets, Facebook groups, retailer and brand websites. There are cheap ones, there are expensive ones. There are good ones, there are excellent ones. There are budget ones, there are workhorses.
Such a varied and expansive range. Just how do we narrow it down here at Fluff Bums HQ. The simple explanation is that we stock what we use personally and like. While we don’t have a massive range, our entire range has been tested by our entire family before they are shared with you. Some brands, like Baby Beehinds, Bubblesbubs, and Seedling, are tried and tested. Some aren’t as old but just as loved – Bare & Boho, Designer Bums, Bambino Mio, and Tuti.
In the cloth world, a lot has been said about “fit”. Different brands will have different niche and nappy cut. Afterall, having hundreds of the same ones can’t be the best thing. And babies have different shapes. While we try and be general about our advice, some brands so fit some babies better. In saying that, personally we have never had any issues. We may be lucky, or I may just be oblivious, but most times, most babies will fit any nappy.
When people ask us, which brand is your favourite? The answer is always all of them.
Yup, it’s not the answer that they might have hoped for, but the truth is all the nappies are good for different things. They have their pros and cons, just like anything else. Velcros are great for quick changes, side snaps are an all rounder, double gussets are amazing at containment, double snaps give a bit more security, wide elastics provide comfort, trim fits are perfect for more fitted outfits. Nappy covers over terry/muslin/ prefolds/ boosters are wonderful for home and they are a great budget friendly solution.
So there you have it. In a nutshell, you can’t go wrong if you pick up a nappy and put it on. It may not be perfect the first time but persevere and try and adjust little things, you will be a pro in no time. Find a family or a friend that can help you, or a local community cloth group for fresh eyes if you have troubles getting something right. You may also have a local business with a storefront that will be more than happy to guide you with your journey too!