WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ORIGINAL AND 2.0 NAPPIES?
Both nappies are the same in terms of the shape of the nappy, and thus the fit, and the majority of features. The difference between the two is that we've either added or changed a few features.
- The 2.0 has a thicker back elastic, which makes for a more comfortable fit on bub.
- The 2.0 has a back PUL leakguard, which stops inserts poking out the back and wicking moisture onto clothes (much the same as the front PUL leakguard). It also acts like a double gusset to prevent any poosplosions out the back.
- The top row of waist and wing snaps on the 2.0 have been inverted, meaning the nappy can be snapped to the largest setting without the hip snaps digging into bub's skin (as they're now the flat female snaps). This change has increased the weight range of our nappies from 16kg to approximately 20kg.
- The lining has changed from athletic wicking jersey (AWJ) to graphene mesh. It's similar to AWJ but has a few additional properties such as enhanced thermoregulation and being antimicrobial.
- The 2.0 nappies come as standard with our new premium insert set, which includes a 6-layer bamboo cotton hourglass insert and a 5-layer bamboo cotton / hemp cotton booster (3 inner layers of hemp cotton and 2 outer layers of bamboo cotton).
So really they're the same nappy you knew and loved only better! I've also heard reports of them being used successfully overnight...even by heavy wetters!
HOW MANY NAPPIES DO I NEED?
The number of nappies required depends on whether you want to use cloth nappies on a full-time or part-time basis, as well as how often you plan to wash them.
If you choose to use cloth nappies on a full-time basis, I would recommend between 24-30 nappies, although this is dependent on how often you plan to wash and how many nappies your child goes through in a day.
If you choose to use to use cloth nappies on a part-time basis, this can be reduced. Many parents choose to cloth nappy during the day and use disposables at night. So just buy enough cloth nappies to cover you for daytime use for approximately 2-3days.
Ultimately, it is dependent on your bub and your lifestyle. If your bub is a heavier wetter you may require more nappies. If you have an older child, you may require fewer nappies due to less frequent changes.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The total cost of choosing cloth nappies can vary greatly. Do you want to go full-time? This will cost more than part-time. Is your bub a heavy wetter and requires more absorbent inserts? This will cost more as you will require more absorbent inserts/boosters which usually come with a higher price tag.
Here at River & Bee if you were to purchase 24 of our 2.0 nappies, which come as standard with our premium insert set, it would cost you $718.80 (although we do have value packs and brand rep discount codes available). If additional inserts are needed, and purchased separately, this will increase your cost again (but to be honest the premium insert set is ridiculously absorbent so you're unlikely to need additional). This is just an example to show the cost, and I would actually recommend trying a few different brands of nappies to see what works for you. I know the River & Bee nappies won't be right for everyone, and that's alright! We have a discounted trial pack available here, so you can test them out before you commit to a larger stash.
This may sound like a lot of money, especially if you purchase your entire cloth nappy stash in one go, but it is a lot cheaper than disposable nappies in the long run when you consider you can use these nappies all the way to toilet training, and for multiple children!
HOW MUCH WILL WASHING THEM COST?
Really not as much as you think! Washing cloth nappies might add an additional 2 full loads of washing (long 2.5-3.5 hour cycles) and 6 pre-washes (short 30 minute cycles) to your week, depending how often you wash them. The cost also depends on where you live and what your water rates are in your area. We've discussed the approximate additional water used over the course of a 3 year cloth nappying journey here, so feel free to use this as a reference to calculate the cost in your area.
WHAT DO I DO WITH THE POOP?
I get this question a lot! Everyone is worried about the poop!
If your baby is not yet onto solids then you can pop the soiled nappies straight into the washing machine, no rinsing required. This is because breast milk and formula are water soluble. I would, however, suggest adding a booster such as Vanish or Sard to the wash to minimise any staining (newborn poops are brutal)!
If your baby is onto solids then there's a bit more to do. Knock any solids off into the toilet (I recommend having a dedicated spatula or "poop knife" for this) then give the nappy a quick rinse in the laundry sink and scrub with a silicone brush, or use a nappy sprayer (this attaches to your toilet). Store the nappies in a dry pail until it's time to pre-wash.
You also have the option of using biodegradable nappy liners, which can be flushed under certain circumstances (check with the manufacturer of the liners). These sit directly in the nappy and catch any poop, so it can be easily lifted out and disposed of. You can also use reusable liners, which are usually made from micro-fleece. Just wash these in the same way you would your nappies.
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