We started off using cloth nappies full time but lack of sleep and a baby who required multiple changes led us to disposables at night. During my rather over-the-top cloth nappy research, I came across Eco by Naty nappies but was unsure about its eco-credentials and effectiveness. However, with every trip down the baby aisle, my eyes were always drawn to their attractive packaging, willing me to give them a try! I recently got the chance to do just that so here’s how the baby and toddler got on!
Baby and Todder vs Naty Nappies
They fit perfectly around the legs and waist on both Baby J and Toddler E. The little one is pushing the upper limit of the size 2 so I was very impressed that these still fit. With other disposables I have to go up a size way before the weight limit is within reach. The leg frills (unsure of the official term) also stayed put despite the wriggly toddler. I usually have to take them out again on other brands.
I imagined they would be a bit bulkier but they are lightweight – in fact just like any other disposable. They have a slight papery feel – possibly due to lack of plastic? – so just touching them gave me the eco-friendly fuzzy feeling. The sort of feeling you get when refilling your water bottle out and about! I also love the simple, cute designs on them.
The size 2 didn’t feel flimsy but one of the size 5s ripped as I was pulling it out of the packet. Could be that I was too forceful or it was packed too closely. No more have suffered the same fate since! I was sad at the demise of a nappy bit it did however let me have a sneak peak inside and it contained what looked like cotton wool (turns out this is wood pulp) and a few white granules (for extra absorbency).
Whole Day Performance (including poonami)
Day: We started with daytime so we could assess it’s reliability before braving the long, sleepy night. I continued changing Baby J every 2 to 3 hours unless soiled and there were no leaks at all. Even with the explosive and watery breastmilk poo. No excessive sagging either. Very pleased and relieved with the absorbency and containment. The last thing I need is a clean up operation when out and about!
The almost 2 year old now holds his wees then floods the nappies with a gigantic downpour. Therefore, I was a bit apprehensive using the Naty especially at nap time as we have to use a “night” cloth nappy then just to absorb the volume. I’m happy to report that we had no daytime leaks with him either – even post-nap. His skin didn’t feel particularly damp either! However, the post-nap nappy was a bit saggy and the exterior felt a bit delicate – like it would rip if he decided to throw an almighty tantrum and bum-shuffle across the pavement. Yes he does that sometimes and I have joined him on the floor on the odd occasion!
Night: We are so blessed to have a 2 month old that sleeps for about 4 to 6 hour stretches at night so spurred on by the great daytime results, we used it at night too. No issues here either. Went 6 hours leak free. Just a slight damp sensation but not actually wet through. Result!
Nights with the toddler is a biggie for us. It took so long for the toddler to start sleeping more than 2 hours in a row that we don’t want to mess with the status quo. We’ve had a disruptive few weeks in his routine so I am saving a couple to try when he settles back down. I am quietly confident then there would be issues whatsoever but the other half does not want to experiment with the little sleep we are currently getting! I will update once we’ve tried it then.
P.S Toddler E does his solid business in the potty so we couldn’t carry out the toddler poonami test!
Why go Naty?
Eco friendly – They’re made from mostly natural materials and have received an award for this. The outer layer is plant-based fibre (making it breathable) and wood pulp is used inside all of which are biodegradable. However, the granules are not biodegradable. I mostly use disposables at night so, theoretically, I could compost them – perhaps by separating outer and inner layer – but I need to look into this.
Less chemicals – As most of it’s materials are natural, they are potentially kinder to the skin. They could also be an alternative for those allergic to other disposable brands but please contact them for any specific needs!
Performance – They definitely match other disposables in our home tests – minus the pending toddler nighttime experiment.
Fragrance – They have no smell which means I can quickly tell when the baby has done a number 2. I can’t rely on the sniff test with other disposables due to their rather chemically aroma.
If you are used to other brands of disposables then below are some of the aspects you may (or may not) miss:
No size on the nappies – The sizes are not printed on the nappy. Not such an issue with us as once is considerably smaller than the other but might get a tad confusing if they were closer in nappy size.
No blue line (dampness indicator) – I’m not actually bothered about this. As I’m on my second little human journey, I am fairly confident that I know when to change a nappy
Less colourful prints – I’ve got my cloth nappies for my colour fix but I do actually like their minimalist and cute look
Cost – Yes they are more expensive than the plastic-based brands. This was the main thing that made me hesitant to try them. However, having given it some thought and now we’ve tried them, it’s a switch we are willing to make as we only use 2 disposables per night maximum. Hopefully a small step to beat the plastic pollution!
Fancy giving Naty nappies a try? They have kindly offered readers of The Growing Mum a 15% discount at the Naty webshop (excluding the subscribe and save box and the trial box). Just apply the code GrowingMum to your shopping cart and enjoy!