Here’s our TotsBots Easyfit review… Cloth nappies…yes or no? We’ve been trying out the new EasyFit Star one-piece from reusable nappy makers TotsBots, to see how we got on. We reviewed – and still use – the Tots Bots Peanut reusable nappies so I was interested to see how we’d get on with this type of design.
OK, so may be this wasn’t the most in-depth initial test…
I did consider using cloth nappies when Eliza was a baby but they always seemed so complicated. Every cloth nappy fan I spoke to would say this wasn’t true, but then launch into a bafflingly detailed description of the different types and pieces and boosters and liners, and, at a time when I was having trouble remembering my name or stringing words together, it seemed, well, too much of an unnecessary complication.
If a single person had said to me you could get one piece nappies which were exactly the same as disposables, you just put them in the wash…I’m pretty sure we’d have tried them sooner.
So hello, Easy Fits. The new TotsBots Easy Fit Star is a one piece nappy, made of a bamboo cloth fabric with a waterproof outer lining (you lay a disposable liner over the top that you can flush away). It’s a one size nappy that fits from birth to potty training, adjusted with a series of simple poppers and velcro tabs:
As with all cloth nappies, the designs are vibrant and fun – these come in a range of fairytale themed patterns (we were sent the yellow Ugly Ducking pattern as well as the purple sugar plum and red poppet designs, they cost from £15.99 – £16.99 each – as well as the Ugly Duckling change mat which is £14.99).
So are they really easy to use? Yes! You use them exactly the same as with a disposable nappy, but put it in the wash instead of the bin. The Easy Fits are soft and chemical free, we used them constantly during chicken pox as they were much kinder on the poxy skin. As it’s a one piece the lining stays in place, which was an issue I had with the Peanut nappies where the liner is only fixed at one side.
Obviously you do have to change them more often than a disposable and you have the additional washing and drying – but when you have two children you’re washing all the time anyway so it’s not a massive amount.
If you want more info on the benefits of cloth nappies, I wrote a piece for TalkMum about five reasons to try cloth nappies, and TotsBots say you can save up to £500 on using disposables, halve your weekly rubbish and reduce your carbon footprint by 40%.
I don’t think we’ll ever be complete cloth converts – we’re not using them at night or when we’re off out for the whole day, for example – but there are so many benefits of using them, and each time you use a cloth nappy it’s one less disposable going to landfill. So less of this too.
More info on the new Easy Fit Star is here, but they really are easy, the clue is in the name.
P.S. ten points for getting the reference in the title. Thanks to Captain America Bear for ditching his costume and modelling for these shots.