Several months ago, I started to have an interest in reusable nappies. I have looked into reusable nappies previously but I felt quite overwhelmed. So many different brands, designs, and the pricing can be quite firm too. Quite honestly, the start-up costs are one of the things that made me feel a bit hesitant to start in the first place. Even though I was considering to buy a few different trial packs of various brands, I changed my mind to go with pea pod cloth nappies as this felt like the most convenient deal.
In this review, I give you an overview of my honest experience of using pea pods for my 10-month-old baby.
Peapod starter pack
So I decided on the starter pack for various reasons. The nappies are one size fit most. Ten complete nappies are coming in the starter pack, and this is including shell and the bamboo insert.
On top of this, you receive the trial pack for free if you order the starter pack. The trial pack include one nappie, one insert, 1-night booster, one roll of the bamboo liner and one wet bag.
Price Peapod nappies
I paid for the starter pack, including ten pea pod. One size fits most nappies are $199.50. This way, It works out $19.95 per complete nappie. If you but the nappies individually you pay $24,95 per whole nappy. That is relatively cheap compared to many other cloth nappies from other brands.
For nighttime there are boosters available, these have to be purchased separately, any additional bamboo inserts have to be ordered separately.
When purchasing a starter pack by peapods.com, you receive a starter kit as a gift including one more nappy, a night booster, a roll of the bamboo liner and one wet bag. I thought this was a pretty good deal. They also offered me free shipping.
My nappies arrived
After ordering my Pea Pod cloth nappies I was excited to get started, I was happy that the box with nappies arrived
not long after I ordered, this went very well. Every nappy was individually wrapped in a wet bag, the same design as the chosen nappy. The bamboo inserts looked honestly fantastic quality, and I was excited to start using something rather natural on my bubs bum instead of synthetic materials.
Prepping Pea Pod Nappies before use
I had chosen some cute designs, and the quality looked terrific. The recommendation is to give the insert and boosters first a few washes or to soak them in water for some time. How the more the material gets washed, the better it works.
The sides of the nappies are adjustable with brah straps. There are three sizes you can adjust the to, size to, S, M or L. They arrived positioned on M, and I left it like this to see how this fits. Ones adjusted to the correct size for your baby you shouldn’t have to worry about this anymore for until you babies have grown and the strep need changing.
When the inserts are washed and dried, we are ready to fold them in the nappy, making sure the soft side is facing up to touch babies skin. You can choose to place the insert in the pocket of the nappy. Additionally, you can set the insert on the top pushing the poppers from the insert on the poppers of the nappy.
I have chosen to try out bamboo liner as well, what should make it easier to clean soiled nappies, and place the thin layer on the top.
Now it is time to test the waters and find out of reusable nappies are my cup of tea? I am excited to start and love the look, so far, so good.
Using pea pod nappies
I don’t like getting critical, but I have to be honest about my experience using pea pod nappies. However I like the nappies for various reasons, there are a few issues with the Pea pods for us too. We had quite a few leaks throughout the time we are using Pea Pod cloth nappies. Some of them could be blamed on not pre-washing, soaking the inserts enough before start using perhaps.
I have to say, with time we do better with day time leaks, as long as I change nappy’s frequently enough. You could say, every 2, or 3 hours, but really, it all depends on how much wee your child produce to give exact figures on this.
At night time have added the booster. I have to say, it is quite bulky all together, and I have been wondering how comfy this for a baby would be. But my main problem is that we kept experiencing leeks. After washing the bed many times, I gave up on using pea pods on the night time.
The other side note I have to share with you is the bra straps. I can imagine this is most definitely not the most convenient user-friendly and effective way to manage leaking through the sides of the nappie. The straps suppose to stay in the position you left them in. Unfortunately, I often end up redoing the straps after washing as they all move position.
Also, I am questioning the sizing as my baby is almost 10 kilo and I have to put the size on S to make the best fit, and still, I don’t feel confident that it is a tight fit an around the legs to minimize chances of leaks. I wonder how a slim baby would possibly fit this nappy?
The last side note I like to make is the use of the pocket option in the nappy. I have tried this option too and experienced the nappy getting wet on the outside.
Washing Pea pod cloth nappies
When watching the instructions from pea pod nappies, it sounds straightforward to wash the nappies, and really, it is not too hard.
The only thing is that they don’t point out what to do if babies pooh is quite runny, and you do not merely throw it in the toilet. Even using the bamboo liner didn’t cover it for me as it still went everywhere most times.
Now my baby is older, and the bowel movements change, it gets a lot easier, but it is not always as easy as instructed in the youtube video in this article. It is displayed a bit more idyllic than it can be probably. But overall, I don’t think the washing task is too hard.
Pros and cons using Peapod cloth nappies
- Cute designs
- Beautiful bamboo liners
- Natural material touching baby’s skin
- an environmentally friendlier choice which feels great.
- Quick delivering
- some area’s in Australia have free delivery over $100,-
- Experiencing regular leaks
- Maybe more challenging with runny poohs then instructed
- The elastic straps to adjust size have to be changed more regular than instructed.
- Elastic straps need often adjusting after machine wash.
- Bamboo inserts can take quite a long time before they are thoroughly dry.
- The pocket seems to be causing leaks through the fabric.
Final thoughts on Pea pod cloth nappies
I like pea pod cloth nappies for several reasons, but I am not ecstatic about them though. They are not as convenient as Rascal Friends nappies for me.
Very likely, I should try other brands of reusable nappies soon to compare them with my current experience using Pea pod cloth nappies.
However I don’t write home about pea pod cloth nappies, I still enjoy using them during day time. They do the job, and they look super cute on bub.
The pea pod cloth nappies definitely won’t hold as much liquid as my rascal friends disposable nappies, that’s for sure but it an environmentally friendlier choice and additionally the bamboo inserts in the nappies is a reassuring thought to have on babies bum.
Of course, this review is my experience only, and even though I won’t recommend Pea pod cloth nappies highly, you may be still interested regardless to have a browse and check them out.
At the pink button link underneath you can find various pea pod cloth nappies designs, but they don’t have the starter packs I described earlier at the time I am writing this review.
If you are interested in a starters package like I purchased with the free trial bag, head over to the pea pod cloth nappies site.
If you like to have a look at the designs of the pea pod cloth nappies, but are also interested in checking other sustainable products such as eco nappies, you can check this out by hitting the button below(Only for individual design Pea Pods nappies and eco products, no starters pack available here)
The last thing I like to mention is the option only to change the insert if the shell of the nappy is still clean. Utilizing this changing method in your routine will the most sustainable way of using nappies. If you intend to use the nappies replacing the inserts only as much as you can, I would recommend ordering more inserts separately to have enough spares to do so.
If you have any more questions about my experience using Peapod cloth nappies, or you have experience with the product you like to share, please leave a comment below.
Thank you so much for reading my review, and I hope it information have helped you.
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