Which Reusable Nappy Should I Buy?

Which Reusable Nappy Should I Buy?

Reusable nappies can save you a lot of money and are great for the environment, but with so many different types on the market it can be hard to decide which reusable nappy is best for you. We have put together this simple guide to answer any questions that you may have and help you find the reusable nappies that will work best for your baby and your lifestyle.

Which is the best reusable nappy?

Despite what a mum on the internet might say, there is no singular best nappy for all families. Each reusable nappy has it's own unique benefits, so it's important to find a nappy that will suit your needs best. There's a few main factors to consider when choosing a reusable nappy - drying time, ease of use & affordability, which I've rated for each nappy below.

It's also worth considering the material used in the nappy as they have various absorbent properties, but most nappy types come in a range of materials so we haven't included this.

Nappy Types

All In One Nappies

Tots Bots EasyFit Star NappyTots Bots Easy Fit Star Inside Nappy

This is the nappy most like a disposable when it comes to change time. This nappy is ready to go with everything sewn into it, including waterproof outer, absorbent inner, and a nice soft fleece lining for your baby's delicate skin. No stuffing, folding or prep to be done, just change, wash and repeat! These are a great option if you want a super simple solution to reusable nappies, or have a partner who still needs a little convincing. They aren't as customisable as other nappies, though you can usually add a booster for more absorbency. Great for day-time use.

Drying Time: Average/Slow

Ease Of Use: 5/5

Price: £££

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All In Two Nappies

Close Pop In Inside Nappy

All In Two's are nappies which allow you to snap the absorbent insert into the outer shell. They usually come with an extra booster too for more absorbency if needed. Some brands have wipeable shells, meaning you can reuse it for multiple changes of the inner nappy insert. Similar to all in ones, you can keep the layers together for ease, but you're also able to separate the nappy into two parts for faster drying in winter, meaning you'll need to snap the insert back in before use. Great for day time use.

Drying Time: Average

Ease Of Use: 4/5

Price: £££

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Pocket Nappies

Little Lovebum Pocket NappyPocket Nappy Diagram

Probably the most popular choice of modern reusables, these nappies feature an outer shell with a pocket to place your absorbent inserts into. The ability to remove the inserts mean they are faster drying than all-in-one nappies, and you can customise the materials inside easily. Once your nappies are dry, you'll need to take five minutes to stuff the inserts into the nappies. Great for day time use.

Drying Time: Average

Ease Of Use: 4/5

Price: ££

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Fitted Nappies + Wraps

Little Lamb Fitted NappyLittle Lovebum Newborn Snap and Wrap

Fitted nappies are commonly used at night-time due to their absorbent properties. They give a traditional big fluffy bum look, and are combined with a nappy wrap to provide waterproofing. Due to their thick, super absorbent nature, fitted nappies take a while to dry, which is why many parents have a few to use just at night time, then a selection of faster drying nappies to use during the day. You are able to reuse the wraps for a number of fitted nappy changes, before the wrap also needs washing.

Drying Time: Slow

Ease Of Use: 4/5

Price: ££

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Flat Nappies + Wraps

Little Lovebum Snap & Wrap with TrifoldBright Bots Terry Squares

Flat nappies and wraps are an affordable reusable nappy solution with the ability to be customised to your child's exact needs. Flat nappies include terry squares and prefolds. Terry squares are simply very absorbent towels folded into a nappy shape using your choice of nappy fold, and prefolds are square nappies which are simply folded in thirds to create an absorbent pad which sits in the wrap. Flat nappies are easy to dry, and cotton flats are particularly hard-wearing as they can be tumble dried on a high heat. The wraps should be air dried but are fast drying anyway. Obviously they do require a bit of prep to use, but can be a very affordable and long-lasting option for those on a budget. Great for both day and night time use.

Drying Time: Fast

Ease Of Use: 3/5

Price: £

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Still Not Sure?

If you're undecided on which nappy is best for you, why not try a starter kit or hire a kit from us? Work out which nappy you love before buying the full kit!


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