Back when we were babies, our parents had little choice but to pop us in a cloth nappy. Today there are oodles of options to keep tiny bottoms dry, but it’s cloth nappies that have really improved to ensure they keep up with modern lifestyles. Whether you’re thinking about cloth to help the environment, to find a cheaper nappy option for the long term or minimise the chemicals in your home, they are an option worth trying. But where to start?
Most brands recommend having at least 20 cloth nappies for full-time use. But that’s a big outlay if you’re not sure which brand to choose or whether cloth nappies are even right for you. So before you invest in a big supply we suggest grabbing a few trial packs to see how you go.
Here are 12 Australian and NZ brands offering value for money cloth nappy trial packs.
The Bambooty Trial Packages (from $72.95) come in three sizes are perfect if you want to give all styles a good test before committing.
With three nappies to give you a few nappy changes, the Premium Trial Pack ($99) from Cushie Tushies gives a realistic idea of what these cloth nappies are like to use.
Byron Bay designed, the Cloth Nappy Trial 2 Pack ($50), from EcoNaps, allows you choose between bamboo and organic cotton inserts or the stay-dry suede used in the covers.
No folding, soaking or pins required, Baby Beehind’s trial packs (from $50) are a good way to try modern cloth nappies and incorporate some into your routine.
The Pikapu Trial Pack ($119.95) contains three modern cloth nappies, night boosters, a pack of biodegradable nappy liners and a wet bag so you have everything you need.
The nappies in the Bubblebubs Candies Trial Offer ($49) are designed to grow with your bub, with the shells suited to infants from 4kg to 15kg.
Real Nappies are so sure your cloth nappies will last and last that they promise to replace them if they wear out before two babies get to use them. A fine guarantee, for sure. A Top Up Pack ($46-$55) is the best place to start your family’s cloth nappy journey.
Buying cloth nappies isn’t complicated when you can pick up a Trial Pack ($69.75) from Snazzipants. There are three different styles so you can decide the right one for your baby.
The Pea Pods Trial Pack ($35) is reasonably priced so you have no excuse but to give the one-size-fits-all nappy a shot.
Paddy Pants Co
Paddy Pants Co on Etsy offers a cloth nappy Trial Pack ($50) – just select your bub’s gender and two nappies with bamboo inserts will be on their way.
There’s a one-size-fits-most Nappy Trial Pack ($69) available from Itti. The size of the nappies can be changed by adjusting the fit at the front to suit newborns to 18kg toddlers.
Baby Bare has Fitted Nappy Packs ($50) made from breathable and absorbent bamboo fleece and bamboo velour and can be customised with plenty of adjustments to sizing.
Nappy trial library
Now this is a nifty idea! The Road Test service from Booty Crawl allows you to hire a bunch of nappies you might like from a selection of brands. The brands on offer have been whittled down after being tried and tested by the Booty Crawl mums, so they’ve gone through a testing process before they’ve even made it to the site.
In the meantime, if bub is soaking through at night take a look at these tips to stop nappies leaking at night.