Hello to confusion for the novice over here! I'm looking for recommendations for MCN's, please?! I need something that is minimal fuss, so I'm thinking all-in-one? And as cost effective as possible, I realise there is an outlay but $500?! There has to be something just as good for a wee bit less. Can anyone recommend brands that have been reliable? With a system that is easy? AND what do you go on the cleaning end? I'd like as little waste as possible, so as reusable as possible, what are my options? I.E my ideal would be I don't have to spend money on anything but washing powder, maybe wipes but if someone can convince me of ease of use for reusable wipes I might invest in them, just not sure how they would work?!
All advice much appreciated and TiA!
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19-03-2014 21:59 #1Senior Member
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Modern Cloth Nappies
19-03-2014 22:06 #2
If you're looking for real cost effectiveness I would go with old fashioned terry towelling. We have mostly used this so far (I have an 8 week old) but have recently started using our baby beehind stash which have been great. I have both AI2 petites and sized pocket magic-Alls, the magic-Alls are great, i like them more than I expected. They are a bit expensive though but they often have sales.
We used disposable wipes - I found chemist warehouse cheapest for the brand we like.
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19-03-2014 22:08 #3
Try hiring a library from ecocubs then you can see what actually works best on your bub
We have tried a few and itti bitti work best for us
19-03-2014 22:09 #4
Oh we also use the cheeky wipes system
19-03-2014 22:43 #5Senior Member
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Check out my little ripple; quality is good price awesome. I use 2 inserts in each nappy
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19-03-2014 22:44 #6
We use Baby Beehind pocket magic-alls with snaps overnight. My H is 2 1/2 and toilet trained now so I really only need the 4 of these I have.
However, when he was little, I had a set of 10 cheapie pocket mcns I bought on ebay ($40 all up) and I used to use extra bamboo inserts from baby behinds with them to make them more absorbent (paid approx $6 each on special). I also had 4 medium pocket magic-alls for overnight as well as 2 pocket nappies. All of these use inserts so it's the same kind of system. We always try to use disposable nappy liners but cloth face washers (the thinner kind) for wipes. We have at least 20+ of those.
Following advice from Baby Beehinds and BH, I throw wet nappies in with my whites wash (no soaking) and the sun sanitises them. Pooey nappies go into a pail with a lid (no soaking, either) and every couple of days I would don rubber gloves, place the liners in the small bin on my windowsill, rinse the solids off the nappies under the tap and throw the nappies in the washing machine on a warm wash. Face washers are the same.
For bad stains, I rub with yellow soap. They come out fine - perhaps not glowing white, but sanitized and the process is eco-friendly.
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20-03-2014 08:48 #8
At the moment ittis are working the best for us, but DD is still a bit too little for most of our different brands of osfm we've got waiting.
I know people who have bought the cheap ones off eBay and like them, though you would want to get bamboo inserts to make them more absorbent.
As for wipes, we have bamboo ones that I got very cheap a while ago that just get thrown in with the nappies & the sun gets any stains out of them, same as the nappies. There's a 12 pack of face washers you can get at Big W that would easily do the trick, and cloth wipes are much more effective (with less chemicals - just water) than the disposable ones!
20-03-2014 10:40 #9
I use a few different brands but mostly use my little ripple with 2 inserts and would easily go 3-4 hours between changes (DS is a big pooer so we rarely get that long!)
For nights we use bambooty with the new night insert and he goes 12 hours easily.
We use liners (disposable from Kmart/big w) Shake the poo into the loo, then throw the liner (were on septic tank so can't flush the flushable liners). Then dry pail, wash every 2 days and hang in the sun. Before solids I would just chuck the nappy poo and all in the wash and they'd come out clean.
For wipes, I bought a couple of meters of cotton and a couple of meters of flannelette and overlocked them into small squares. I then just have a container of water on the change table and dip them as needed. Chuck them in the dry pail with nappies then wash with them.
I think I spent under $200 on my entire stash and I have enough that when number 2 arrives in October I won't need anymore for 2 in nappies.
20-03-2014 11:31 #10
I've tried cushie tushies, itti bittis, and my little ripples and have personally gone with MLRs. The cushie tushies were fine but looked bulky when DS wore them so I didn't use them very much. The itti bittis were fine but the liners did my head in every time I was putting them back together after being washed. I went with MLR because they were cheap (I got 15 for $60) and because I like how the insert goes into a pocket, not gets snapped into place. On the advice of a friend who uses them, I purchased extra liners and double stuff them to prevent leaks and have never had a problem I still use disposables at night.
As for cleaning, they get chucked into the laundry trough throughout the day then a load is washed every night. I use Earth's Choice liquid and sometimes put some canestan in. I don't use disposable liners since we're on a septic tank, but just tip the poo straight out of the nappy into the toilet. If the poo is a bit sticky and won't fall out, I'll rinse it off under hot water then leave til the night time wash.
For wipes, I use disposable when out and about, but have my own at home. I bought a few microfibre cleaning cloths from the cheap shop and cut them to size. I washed them a few times before use but unfortunately the colour (hot pink) has still run and tinted the nappy liners but I don't care I have a squirty bottle of wipes solution (1/4 cup baby/almond oil, 1/4 cup baby wash, 1 cup water) and just spray each wipe as I need it.
Eta: my DS is nearly 2 and I'm kicking myself for not doing all this sooner (only got into it a few months ago)! But bub 2 is on the way so they'll have mcns
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