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.
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*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 nappies
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. With some nappy changes, you can choose to change the insert from the nappy only when shell of the nappy is still immaculate and dry; alternatively, you can change the whole nappy when necessary or preferred.
If your baby has regular bowel movements, you can choose to use a biodegradable bamboo 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 are a way better fit for us.
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 adjust the snaps to make a good fit.
The most sustainable way to use reusable nappies
As said before, you have the choice to change the complete nappy with each nappy change or to change the absorber only with some of the nappy changes, and reuse the outer shell. Please note that this method only can be done when the shell is still immaculate and dry. Using the reusable nappies this way is a more sustainable way; however, some people don’t like this method and prefer to change the complete nappy every single nappy change.
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 should be able to only change inserts with some of the nappy changes for those who prefer to do so.
Final thoughts on using Big softies
We are lucky we have so much choice of reusable nappies in Australia. I was honestly surprised by the Big softies’ modern cloth nappies for only $15,-. 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 gives bonus points for the Big softies’ absorbers. You can purchase separate inserts if you wish to use a different fabric touching babies’ skin.
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 $15,- per nappy which will pay you back soon enough compared to using disposable nappies.
For night time nappies, we still use a disposable nappy, first Rascal and Friends. Still, now we are trialling out Eco nappies for a more sustainable option, and I have to admit that I am quite impressed with the performance of these biodegradable nappies indeed.
I hope this review was helpful for you and if you are interested in trying out big softies too head to Big W for these $15,- reusable nappies. If you have any experience or feedback about using Big softies, we love to hear from you.
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