Recently I came across reusable nappies with a price tag as low as $15,- and I was interested in finding out how these nappies preform. You may wonder too of cheaper reusable nappies such as Big softies are any good. The price difference of big softies and other reusable nappies in Australia is worthwhile to find out the performance of this Big Softies.
Reusable nappies in Australia are very popular, and there are many different brands to choose from. Most reusable nappies have beautiful designs, and you will pay prices varying of $20,- to $35,- per nappy.
*Please note that there was an error in the price of this product and the price is updated from 10,- to 15,-,
*Product Details Big Softies Reusable Nappies*
- Product-One Size reusable nappy with Insert Absorber
- Brand-Big Softies
- Selling location- Big W
- Price- $15,-
- Size-To fit Newborn to 24 Months.
- Weight-From 4-14 Kilo
- Features-Adjustable snaps at waist and crotch
Trialling out cheaper reusable nappies
Are you interested to know of cheaper cloth nappies work?
I was too and gave the reusable nappies from the brand Big Softies a try. I trialled them on my 15-Month-old baby weighing approx 11 kilo’s, but the nappies suppose to be suitable for newborn babies up till 24 months.
Well, this will be an average as the nappies might not be a good fit for newborn premie babies or babies bigger than the average weight and height.
The fibre content of Big Softies reusable nappies
- Nappy outer shell-Polyester (with polyurethane backing)
- Nappy lining-Polyester
- Absorber-Layer 1&2 polyester, layer 3 Bamboo viscose polyester
Washing Modern cloth nappy
Before use, it is recommended to wash your reusable nappies to remove any potential residue of manufacturing. If you use bamboo absorbers (I use them in my Pea Pod cloth nappies), you will have to give them several washes before first use to increase the absorbancy.
The material used for the absorber of the Big softies is a combination of polyester and bamboo viscose. One benefit is that the liners with combined polyester and bamboo viscose most definitely dry quicker than the bamboo liners. The downside is a less natural insert than 100% bamboo.
You should always ensure to check washing instructions for each nappy brand, as they vary. Some nappies you can tumble dry, while other nappy brands recommend not too. Some brands suggested warm machine wash for their nappies, while other brands suggest washing the nappies in cold water.
For the Big softies, the following washing instructions apply:
- Separate absorbent insert from nappy.
- Wash before first use
- If the nappy is soiled, empty contents into the toilet and rinse off any residuals before washing.
- Cold, gentle machine wash
- Wash with similar colours
- Don’t use fabric softener
- Don’t bleach Big softies
- Don’t tumble dry
- Line dry in shade
- Do not iron
- Do not dry clean
Preparing the reusable nappies and the insert
One side of the inserts has a ‘stay dry‘ side which will be the side touching your babies
Skin. You can feel that this site is softer than the other side of the insert. The stay-dry side of the nappy has wicking qualities to keep your babies skin nice and dry to avoid skin irritations. Also, the material is super soft for babies skin.
To prepare the nappy for use, fold the insert into thirds with the stay-dry side facing up. You can now choose to snap the absorber into place under the front flap, or you can push the insert through the back pocket to the front.
Only one more thing left today, and this is placing a biodegradable liner on top to make you live a bit easier.
Using Biodegradable liners
I am sure you are already very busy, and you don’t have to use liners, but I would recommend it as it makes you live just a bit easier. Bamboo liners are available from different brands. I usually have the bamboo ones, and they are super soft for babies’ skin.
It doesn’t always work to keep the nappy all clean, at least not in my experience as it highly depends on babies’ stool. But in most cases, it catches a lot of stool which will safe you a lot of cleaning work. Place then liner on top of your insert and fauld the edges underneath the sides of the inserts to ensure the liner stay in place.
Remove the liner when soiled and dispose of in the toilet. Biodegradable liners are flushable like toilet paper to make your life just that little bit easier. If the insert is still clean and dry, place a new liner on the nappy if your wish to do so, alternatively change the whole nappy. If your baby has regular bowel movements, you can choose to only use a liner around that time of day you expect the nappy will get soiled.
Fitting of the Big Softies reusable nappies
You will find the fitting of the nappies are great with the ‘side wings’ enclosing the nappy very secure to babies’ skin. All our babies’ bodies have different shapes, and it does not guarantee that the Big softies have an excellent fit for your baby but compared to the pea pods we are using the fitting of the Bif softies is much more secure.
The adjustable snaps at waist and crotch are there to close the nappy depending on your babies size and weight, and as you baby grow, you can just simply adjust the snaps to make a good fit.
The most sustainable way to use reusable nappies
You have the choice to change the complete nappy with a nappy change, or just the absorber. The other option is leaving the shell (outside of the nappy) while changing the nappy, and only changing the insert. Using the reusable nappies this way is even more sustainable. (This will only be applicable if the shell is still dry and clean(.
If you like to structure your nappy changes with only changing the insert, you will need to purchase more inserts as the big softies only coming with one insert per nappy.
Sometimes only changing the inserts will not work, especially if you wait a more extended period to change nappy and the shell becomes damp, or when stools are looser, it sometimes can dirty the nappy. But generally speaking, you will come away with only changing the inserts with some nappy changes though.
Final thoughts on using Big softies
We are lucky we have so much choice of reusable nappies in Australia. Iwas honestly surprised by the Big softies’ modern cloth nappies for only $10,-. It is an excellent value for money. I think the nappies are more practical in use than the Pea Pods we use. The only downside for me is that the insert is less natural than my Pea Pod Bamboo inserts, but the polyester does dry a lot quicker, which is a plus. You can buy separate inserts if you wish to use a different fabric touching babies’ skin though.
As many products nowadays the nappies are designed in Australia, but unfortunately not locally made.
The wings of the nappy secure the cloth nappy very well against babies’ skin, and you will feel more confidant the nappy will not leak. For me, I feel more confidant with the big softies than with the more expensive peapods to have leaks.
I would recommend the big softies modern cloth nappy Australia, and I don’t think you can go wrong for $10,- per nappy which will pay you back compared to using disposable nappies in no time flat.
I hope this review was helpful for you if you are maybe interested to trial out big softies too. If you have any experience or feedback about using Big softies we love to hear from you.
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