Thoughts on Nappies: Including a review of Japanese Moony Nappies

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?

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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.

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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?).

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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.

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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!

We were kindly gifted a pack of Moony nappies for the purposes of this review

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33 Comments

  1. March 29, 2016 / 9:13 am

    I have heard good things about these nappies, and I love the fact they are so soft – would be perfect for my eczema babies. The price puts me off a bit though! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
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  2. March 29, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    We tried these too. I’m missing them a bit now they’ve run out, but unfortunately there’s no way I could afford them! Definitely the softest disposable I’ve ever used though!
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  3. Natalie Crossan
    March 29, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    would love to try these x

  4. Lynn Heath
    March 30, 2016 / 6:31 am

    I have read a few reviews of these nappies and I’m so intrigued, but not quite enough to pay £23.50!!!

  5. Samantha O'D
    March 30, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Read some great reviews on these

  6. Paula Readings
    March 30, 2016 / 9:56 am

    This looks lovely

  7. March 30, 2016 / 10:34 am

    Would love to try these!

  8. Rachel Craig
    March 30, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Haven’t tried these nappies. Little one has eczema, and we would like to ease or cure the condition if possible.

  9. Emma
    March 30, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Aw they sound so good – they’re expensive but I suppose you get what you pay for! Totally agree about the chemical smell of disposable nappies, it’s so off putting – really makes you wonder what’s actually in them…

  10. angela b
    March 30, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    would love to try these

  11. Geraldine
    March 30, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    We’re experiencing something similar, after being a fluff devotee we just can’t seem to get started cloth nappying again! Hope springs eternal! Although the potty might come sooner at this rate!

  12. Nat Thomason
    March 31, 2016 / 12:51 am

    These sound great

  13. Amanda
    March 31, 2016 / 8:16 am

    I would love to try these!

  14. Ellen
    April 1, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    They look good. May give them a go with my new baby 🙂

  15. Gillian Hutchison
    April 1, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Had never heard of these before!

  16. Kat Allinson
    April 1, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    These sound brilliant 🙂

  17. Hazel Murphy
    April 2, 2016 / 10:31 am

    Loved the info on cloth nappies , I had assumed my daughter would use disposables but these Moony nappies take cloth nappies to another level.

  18. Lara Latchem
    April 2, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    Fab prize xx thanks for the chance xx

  19. Solange
    April 2, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Would love to try these.

  20. Jayne K
    April 3, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    My baby granddaughter’s bum would love to try a pack of these

  21. Susan Seymour
    April 4, 2016 / 7:31 am

    would love to try these for my grandaughter that sound and look amazing so useful fingers crossed

  22. Rachel B
    April 4, 2016 / 10:28 am

    Fantastic! Would love to win for my 12 week old little girl.

  23. gemma hendry
    April 4, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    brilliant prize fingers crossed

  24. Jodie W
    April 4, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    that price is too much for most people i would expect. I wish i had looked into cloth nappies at the start with my son though.

  25. April 4, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    I didn’t venture into cloth until I had my third child, and like you I found in the end that it was just too much. Washing and drying for a family of five is hard going, adding nappies into the mix is just the final straw.
    These are definitely far too expensive for my liking unfortunately.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x
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  26. Maddie Jasinska
    April 4, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    Never heard of them, but I’m sure my Sister would love to try them on my niece, Lena. Whatever makes her happier is much appreciated 🙂

  27. christine westlake
    April 4, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    new nappy brand that I have not seen before – will have to try for grandchildren

  28. Katie Hodges
    April 4, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    It’s a shame they’re so expensive. I wonder why they are? Something to do with importing into The UK maybe?

  29. Vicky Robinson
    April 4, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I did cloth with my first 5 children and at one time I had 3 in nappies. I did potty train them by 2 years old though! I moved house when I had #6 and after that I just didn’t have time as we moved into a place that needed serious amounts of doing up as it was a wreck! I have never gone back to cloth and sometimes I feel guilty when I see them up the loft and my daughter is in disposables. I just can’t keep up with the laundry though as it is. I would need another washing machine!

  30. Leanne Bell
    April 4, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Would love to see what all the hype is about with these nappies. Thank you for the giveaway x

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