Before Mabel was born we decided that she was going to wear cloth nappies. I’d worked in a nursery for years and seeing all those hundreds of bags of disposable nappies being thrown away made me feel bad, so I looked for an alternative. I think a lot of people (thanks mum) thought we would change our mind once she was actually born, but after the first week or so when all the meconium was out of her system we switched over and never looked back. She wore reusable nappies until she was potty trained at 22 months. We even had a couple of months after Greta was born when we had the two of them both in cloth nappies and still it didn’t put us off. Greta was a heavier wetter than Mabel so she wore disposables over night, but during the day she was in cloth until she potty trained too (well until now when I’ve had to put her into disposable pull ups but that’s another story).
I loved my cloth nappies in all their pretty prints and bright colours. I know it sounds weird but there really is nothing more satisfying in life than a draw full of clean, dry, fluffy nappies, all ready to be put on your babies bum. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
Ernie has a draw full of cloth nappies, sadly the draw is usually where they stay. I think I already knew before he was born that we might struggle to cloth bum this time, although I wasn’t willing to admit it. A third baby seems to have just tipped us over the edge of being able to manage the washing. They go through so many clothes, we are always drowning in dirty washing, and that’s without adding nappies into the mix. Despite my good intentions, Ernie has only worn his cloth nappies a handful of times. Sometimes you just have to admit that you can’t do everything and let something go, if only for your own sanity.
So now we find ourselves in the somewhat uncharted territory of disposable nappies, and it’s only now that I realise how good we had it with cloth. Disposable nappies smell! And I don’t mean like wee or poo, it’s a horrible chemical smell, and I hate the thought of that being next to my baby’s skin. Cloth nappies smell too of course, but they smell like what’s inside them, so at least it’s all natural! They are also absolutely terrible at containing a breast milk only poo. You know the bright yellow explosive ones that seep out the leg holes and squirt up their backs, covering their vests, whatever else they’re wearing and sometimes even you? I do wonder if I’m actually saving myself any washing at all by using disposables! And the other thing is that they do make his bottom a little bit red and we have to use a barrier cream that we just didn’t have to worry about most of the time when we were using cloth nappies.
So with all these grumbles about nappies, I was intrigued when an email landed in my inbox asking if I would like to try out a luxury Japanese brand of nappies called Moony. Now I’m not really one to go for ‘luxury’ anything. It’s usually just different packaging and good marketing right? But these nappies had really good reviews on Amazon, so I was intrigued enough to find out what all the fuss was about. They are currently avaliable for £23.50 on Amazon, which some might say (me included) is a ridiculous price for nappies. So even before they arrived, my expectations were very high! They have to be good to justify that price tag right?
Now they do come in very cute packaging in typical Japanese style. The only problem being that obviously I couldn’t read any of it. But it’s a nappy, you can’t go wrong really, as long as you put it on the right end of the baby.
The first thing I noticed about them is they are seriously soft, just as soft as a cloth nappy. I don’t know how they do that. With his usual nappies, Ernie sometimes has red patches where the top of the nappy has rubbed on his tummy and back. With these nappies it just didn’t happen. I was very happy to be putting something so soft next to my baby’s skin.
They also keep his little bottom extremely dry. There was no redness on his bum at all, except for occasionally if he had one on for a really long time when he’d had a longer than usual sleep over night. I was honestly really impressed with how dry his skin was when I took one off. Greta has eczema all over and Mabel has patches, Ernie looks like his skin is drying out a bit too so might be heading in that direction. I would definitely trust these nappies not to make an eczema flare up any worse.
On poo containment they score well, not quite perfect though. For about a week we had no poo leaks at all and I was getting all excited thinking that I had found the holy grail of parenting. But then it happened. We did have a couple of leaks with Moonies, but no where near as many as we have with his normal nappies and when the poo did escape, it didn’t seem to spread so extensively (seriously, how do they manage to get it up to their arm pits?).
And the most fascinating bit for me, the smell. They smell like nothing! No chemical smell at all. I thought that smell was just part and parcel of disposable nappies but not with these ones.
But, having said all that, will I be buying them again? Well, I’m definitely missing them now they have run out and we are back to our usual nappies. If they weren’t quite so expensive then my answer would be a definite yes. They are for sure the best disposable nappies that I have ever tried. It is pretty much like using a cloth nappy without any of the washing. I think that if I can start using some of Ernie’s cloth nappies, at least part of the time, then I may be able to buy one pack every month or two of Moonies, for the times that both wash baskets are overflowing and I need to fall back on disposables. Otherwise it would be a silly amount of our grocery budget going on nappies each month, and I just can’t justify it.
If your baby suffers with Eczema or bad nappy rash, then I would say these nappies are possibly worth a try. You can pick some up from Amazon, but here is their website so you can find out more http://www.japanesenappies.co.uk/
I also have been very kindly allowed to give a pack away to one of you lovely readers! I know there are more exciting prizes in life than a pack of nappies, but are there any that are more useful? Enter bellow for your chance to win!
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