Pop In Modern Cloth Nappies Review

Pop In nappies are one of my favourite nappies and are currently the workhorse of my nappy stash. After using them with both my children I have found that they fit a variety of shapes and sizes. They are also superPop In Nappy Packages easy to use. I attach the insert when I am putting away the washing so I only have to place the nappy on my son and do up the Velcro. This makes them great to use for people who are unfamiliar with modern cloth nappies as they are just like a disposable.

 I started using pop in nappies about 3 years ago with my son, when I was looking for a night nappy option. They were fantastic! We never had any leaks and I used them with a night booster until my son outgrew them when he was about 2 1/2.  I then started using them on my youngest when he was a few weeks old and at 14 months most of my nappy stash is now made up of them. I use them for both day and night. At this stage I don’t have to add a night booster to get through over night but am fully prepared for when I might have to do so.  

Pop In Nappies come in cute prints

Pop In Nappies are available in cute prints.

Pop In Nappies are great quality. The New Gen nappies I have, have had over a year of use and they are still going strong.  I fully expect they will last until toilet training. I also still have the older version that I bought for my eldest! The only sign of wear they have is their only downside, which is the bleaching effect of acidic urine. My son didn’t show any signs of teething until he was 11 months old. At that stage the nappies inserts changed from the grey colour they had been when purchased to having what looked like bleached white spots. This bleaching effect is a classic sign of acidic urine. They are still fully functional and a few months later that is the only sign of my sons acidic wee.

Pop In Monkey Print Nappies These nappies can be purchased with either minkee or bamboo inserts. I have a mixture of both but prefer the more natural bamboo. Like everything with modern cloth nappies, it really does come down to personal preference and your child. For example if your child has sensitive skin you would want to use the bamboo version, but if you want something faster drying you’d choose the minky.

These modern cloth nappies can be bought individually or in a nappy package. You can find them at the Australian Baby Supplies online store.

Mother-ease Giveaway

Mother-ease One Size Nappy Trial PackDo you want to win a Mother-ease trial pack? We have been given two trial packs to give away. Each trial pack consists of a mother-ease one size nappy, one booster and a cover (RRP $42).

The Mother-ease One Size Nappy, fits from newborn to toilet training (3.5-16kg). This amazing bamboo or cotton terry nappy actually grows with your baby! Soft rib-knit binding covers the elastic at waist and leg openings. The strategically placed snaps can be manipulated to accommodate your baby’s growing needs, and are reinforced to ensure that they never pull out of the nappy. The brushed terry fabric provides your baby with a wonderfully comfortable and beautifully-fitting garment.

This nappy requires a waterproof cover. Use the One-Size Nappy with the Air-Flow or Rikki covers for a leak-proof nappy system. These nappy covers are sized and have been designed specifically to cover Mother-ease one size and Sandy’s nappies.

The Snap in Booster will add three layers of extra absorbency (essential for overnight and recommended for older babies). 

How to enter

To enter visit the www.australianbabysupplies.com.au website and let us know by commenting here which colour Mother-ease one-size nappy is your favourite.

You can get additional entries by
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Please leave a separate comment here for each entry (maximum 5 entries).

Competition ends 12th May 2013. Entries are only open to Australian residents and will be selected by Australian Baby Supplies store owner. Two winners will be chosen and each will receive 1 mother-ease Nappy Trial Pack (RRP $42). By entering you agree to our terms and conditions.

New Nappies

I’ve bought new nappies now what do I do with them? Do I really have to wash them 6+ times before I can use them?

It’s so nice to get new cloth nappies. The first thing I do is have a play so I can see how any inserts/boosters attach.

After this you will need to wash them before use. Tip: Put your new nappies in a bucket of cold water overnight! Some cloth nappy manufacturers recommend you wash your nappies many times before using them to build up absorbency. Placing them in a bucket of water for a few hours does the same thing. If you do decide to only wash them once before use to get rid of any manufacturing residue that’s fine too, just be aware that your nappies won’t be as absorbent as they will be after a few uses and change your child more regularly in the meantime. 

Why all the pre-washing? washing prepares the nappy fibres and helps reach full absorbency. It “raises all the tiny threads on each fibre loop – kind of like pulling the branches out on a fake Christmas Tree … so that there are more ends for the moisture to catch onto. More washing = more fluffy ends = faster absorbency and less chance of leaking” (Tiffany Sirisisavath, Bumboo). If your nappies haven’t had enough pre washes you run the risk of your child’s urine being repelled and running straight off the fabric.

Once washed put your nappies together (if required) and they are ready for use.

Nappy Acronyms

Are you new to nappies and are struggling to figure out what a particular abbreviation means? If you are involved in any nappy forums this list might help. If you have one that you think I should add please let me know what it is and I may add it.

AIO –All in one nappy
AI2– All in two nappy
BB– Bubblebubs
BBH– Baby Beehinds
BTP– Birth to potty
BV– Bamboo Velour
CT– Cute Tooshies
EC– Elimination Communication
FOE– Fold over elastic. A wide elastic used to bind the edge of nappies
GDUNH– The great down under nappy hunt
GNST– Bubblebubs good night sleep tight nappy
IB– Itti Bitti
LS– Little Squirt- a sprayer that attaches to the toilet
MCN– Modern cloth nappy
OS– One size
OSFA– One size fits all
OSFM– One size fits most
OV– Organic velour
PUL– Polyurethane laminate, a fabric to which a waterproof laminate has been applied.
SS– Side snaps
TT- Touchtape is a hook and loop tape used in nappies like velcro or aplix.
TT– Toilet training

Some other meanings that you may be interested in:
Booster: Absorbent material that is laid inside a nappy to provide extra absorbency.
Rise: The measurement from the front of a babies waist through the legs to the waist at the back.
Trifold: A booster that folds into 3.
Wick: The movement of liquid via fabric.

Washing Your Modern Cloth Nappies

Washing your modern cloth nappies is not difficult, although the myriad washing instructions available can make it seem like a complex task. A washing routine will be different for each family depending on type of nappies, washing machine, water and detergent that you use.

Before washing remove any soiling by emptying as much of the solid waste as you can (a little squirt or flushable liner can help). Then put it into a dry nappy bucket. When I change my son I do this straight away so stains do not have time to set. If at home I also rinse any soiled nappies straight away before putting them in the bucket.

Wash every 2 days. Urine can be quite acidic and can eat through the fabric on your nappies . I like to unsnap the boosters if using all in two nappies as it makes it easier to hang them on the line but it isn’t necessary. If using pocket nappies you should take out the inserts. I find it easier to remove the inserts as I am taking the nappy off my son before I put it in the nappy bucket.

Wash in water that is less than 60C, (I use cold water) with the detergent that you would usually use or the full amount of a detergent developed specifically for cloth nappies (Rockin’ Green, Grovia’s Tiny Bubbles, Cushie Tushies detergent etc).  Detergent buildup can affect a nappy’s absorbency, so don’t use more than recommended of the detergent you choose.

Use the highest water level that your machine will allow. Not using enough water is the number one reason your nappies don’t seem clean or are smelly.  If you can’t adjust the water level you may need to do an extra rinse.

Do Not use bleach, napisan, vinegar or any detergents with enzymes, phosphates, perfumes, optical brighteners or fabric softeners. These can cause your nappies to degrade and the fabric and elastics to disintegrate. Some of these will void any warranty on your nappies while others can cause rashes on your baby’s delicate skin.

Do a rinse then a full wash.

The best place to dry your nappies is in the sun. The sun will bleach out any stains so a washing line or clothes airer is beneficial. Clothes dryers can harm the PUL and elastic in nappies and isn’t recommended for many brands. It is best to read the instructions for the brand of nappy you are purchasing and if using a drier don’t use a high heat.

Wash your nappies correctly and you should never need to do a strip wash.

Snaps or Velcro?

One of the choices you will have when using cloth nappies is snap closure or Velcro. I have a combination in my son’s nappy stash. Generally which you choose is personal preference.  

I prefer to use Velcro on younger, skinnier babies as I find they give a better fit. I also try and have Velcro nappies ready when someone else is looking after my son as I feel that they are the most like disposables so will be easier (my son’s grandparents don’t have a problem with snaps either though). They are also easier for people with arthritis who might not have the hand dexterity to snap the snaps together.   

Velcro can get fluff caught in it and will catch on things in the washing machine. I have personally found that with some of my nappies, the Velcro tabs don’t stick to the laundry tabs any more so they get caught up with everything in the wash. Some brands use much better quality, long lasting Velcro than others.  

Another reason some people don’t like Velcro is the ability for children to take the nappy off themselves. Although I found that my son managed to undo snaps very shortly after he learnt to undo the Velcro and putting pants/shorts on over the top was the most effective way to keep a nappy on.

Have you ever had to put a nappy on a screaming or wriggly baby? Velcro is easier for a faster nappy change.

On the other hand snaps are more durable. Snaps will last a lot longer than many other parts of the nappy. Nappies that I have had for over 3 years the material has worn through but the snap part is still fine.

There are benefits to using both types of closure and what is easier for you will probably depend on your child and circumstances at the time. I would advise to try both snaps and Velcro closure on your child’s nappies and make your own decisions as to your favourite.

Starting Out With Cloth Nappies

Once you have made the decision to use cloth nappies the hard part begins. Which nappies to choose? There is a huge number of brands and styles to choose from. Here are my guidelines to help you select the right nappies for your baby and lifestyle.

1. Choose a style of cloth that you think might suit you     

Selecting one (or two) types of cloth nappies will help you narrow down the choices to try.  

Types of cloth nappies

All in One (AIO)– AIO’s have the absorbent material sewn in although they sometimes include extra boosters to attach for extra absorbency. They are very simple to use and do not require an extra cover. AIO take the longest time to dry out of all the types.

All in Two (AI2)- All in two nappies have inserts that snap into the nappy. This can help them dry faster and can save you money as you can purchase extra inserts to use with the covers instead of buying entire nappies.

Pockets– These nappies have a waterproof outer and stay dry inner and includes an opening to insert the boosters. This allows for faster drying.

Fitted nappies– The entire nappy is made out of absorbent material and so this type of nappy will require a cover to prevent leaks. Covers can usually be used multiple times before needing washing.  

Prefolds– This is a flat nappy which has been sewn into three sections. The middle section has extra layers for absorbency. These require a cover to prevent leaks.

Flat nappies– The traditional type of cloth nappy. These require folding to use and need a cover.

This table shows a number of nappies that are available in each type. Nappies by type table

2. Would you prefer sized or one sized nappies?                         

This might depend on the age of your child. Sized nappies will cost more in the long term as you have to purchase new nappies as your child grows. However, they usually will provide a better fit on new babies and as you are not using them for as long you have a better chance of them being in a good enough condition to sell them used.

Depending on the brand, one size fits most nappies might not fit at the newborn stage. They are also more likely to be bulky when your baby is smaller but you will not have to purchase nappies as your baby grows.

Generally prefolds, newborn/small nappies or fitted nappies and covers are a good choice for a newborn although everyone has their own preferences. Then you can move onto one size nappies as they get a bit bigger. If you do decide to use prefolds initially they can always be used as extra boosters later with whatever other nappies you choose.  

3. Other Factors

Answering the above two questions is enough to get you started but some of you might have other preferences too.  If you have a history of allergies in the family, material choice might be a factor in your decision. For instance some babies have reactions to suedecloth or minky so bamboo might be a better choice.

Have a specific preference for velcro or snap closure? I will be writing a post on  this topic shortly so won’t get into it here. The choice is yours and is really just personal preference although may be limited by your answers to question 1 and 2 above as some brands only use one type of closure.

4. Making a decision      

Something to remember-  It is advisable not to buy too many of the one nappy to start with as babies are all different shapes and sizes and what fits one might not fit another perfectly. Children also change shape over time so I always recommend to have a variety of nappies in your stash. There is nothing worse than buying 24 identical nappies only to find that they do not fit your child. There is no reason why you have to choose one particular style or sizing system. I have a mix in my children’s nappies. It is just an easier way to start. Once you have tried a few you will know what you like and what works for you and can expand your stash.

There are also many businesses that offer a home demonstration service. If you are in the Perth metropolitan area I can conduct a home demonstration and let you touch and see the various types of nappies I sell.  I also sell a number of bulk packs that let you test a variety of nappies. Not sure if there is a home demonstration service near you- contact me with your location (in Australia) and I may be able to point you in the direction of someone.

Hope this helps