I have had the opportunity to test out modern cloth nappies in the past through my work as an Early Childhood Educator on a few of the babies who used modern cloth nappies, but never on my own baby. The ease and convenience of disposable nappies is a big win for me, especially with a little man who poops 4-6 times a day, every day, and more if teething, unwell, or has managed to have some dairy.
My first impression of the Hippybottomus nappy was Wow, that’s a lot of press studs, what do I even do with it? Also, as a one size fits most nappy, it just looks huge! My 14 month old has a very little waist, still comfortably in size 0 pants (even some 00) so I initially thought it wouldn’t fit him at all, or would at least cover most of his body! (less chance of poohsplosions I guess?) After a bit of a play, and a chat with a friend who uses MCNs I figured out the press studs and how to shorten the front to fit the smaller tots and realised just how small the waist does become when snapped on the inner most studs.
The design on the fabric was cute, I would happily let my little man run around in just the nappy in warmer weather, though the exposed sides of the press studs could rub and scratch little legs.
The inside is lovely and soft and if you have to have something against your bum all day, the softer the better, these defiantly seem cosy for little bums. They have a slide in pocket insert to soak up any piddle that is easy to get in and out, wet or dry.
I planned our first wear very carefully; he would wear it for approximately 2 hours to see how it absorbed and how his movement was in it. I chose an afternoon to trial it while it was warm (so I could leave pants off to A: observe the nappy in action and B: just look at the cuteness of pudgy nappy bum and toddler legs.
Ah the best laid plans of mice and men (and mums)…. 15 minutes in it and he poops.
My worst nightmare. Exactly what I was trying so hard to avoid! And I didn’t have a disposable liner in it as I was not expecting poop!
While rinsing it though I was very impressed, even under a deluge of steaming hot tap water, the front stayed dry, and my hand on the underside remained soiled-water-free. BIG BONUS. This tells me it will probably hold up to a couple of hours pee pretty well, with side and top leakage my only worry as the base of the nappy is quite wide, and my little boy’s bum is not.
With how the water from the tap didn’t affect the outer layer of the nappy at all, I think it would work well as a swim nappy, aside from the scratchy exposed studs on the front that could be annoying for anyone holding him in the pool I think it could be a great alternative to disposable swim nappies.
The Hippybottomus nappies themselves are reasonably priced at $12.95 each or the nappy stash pack with 24 nappies, 8 extra inserts, 2 packs of liners, 10 reusable bamboo wipes, 2 wet bags and 6 nappy bucket deodorisers for $399 or a trial pack with 6 nappies + a handful of the above accessories for $99. So, it does seem to me to be pricey for the initial set up, but when you add up how much you spend on disposables it really is much cheaper in the long run .
I am really happy that it’s natural bamboo fleece, which has a whole host of great points you can read about HERE. Being bamboo it is great for sensitive skin and for babies prone to nappy rash these nappies would be a great alternative to try.
I liked the website; it’s easy to navigate and sticks with the natural elements theme of the products they sell. You will also find a few other natural alternative baby products on their site as well so definitely have a look at www.hippybottomus.com.au
After a second go at the Hippybottomus nappy I was impressed with how much it held and how dry it did keep my son for over 2 hours.
So while I liked the nappy itself and was impressed with some of it’s features, I am still a disposable nappy Mum. I might try it for swimming as I think it would work really well.