A year in, we're in a nice little groove with our nappy routine, we know which types of nappies best meet our needs, and easily field questions from interested but uninitiated friends and family. But we have come to recognize that this nice little routine will be shaken up in a few months when we add another baby in cloth to the mix. As you can imagine, I've become interested in reaching out of my fluffy comfort zone and trying new nappies. And while I've never found cloth diapering to be much extra work, anything to help streamline things is great!
In my first year as a mother, I've found the company BabyKind to be super helpful! They offer all sorts of great natural baby products, and a wonderful selection of cloth nappies. I also love that they're a small company based in North Wales, as Gez and I prefer to support local businesses when we can. So I was very pleased when BabyKind offered to send us two of their Real Easy all-in-one sized nappies to try out, one with a PUL shell, and another with a plush (and adorably spotty!) minky shell. Admittedly, I have never been much for all-in-one nappies so I was a little skeptical of the claims that the Real Easys dried quickly on a line. Like many British families, we live without a tumble dryer, so we tend to go for pocket nappies, where the shell and absorbent insert can be separated for faster drying. But with an open mind, I was ready to put the Real Easys through their paces!
Real Easy AIO nappies- size medium, in Blue Dot minky and Seaspray PUL
Like my super fancy backdrop? I promise I do own an iron- I just thought the wrinkles gave it an "arty" look...
After a couple weeks of testing, during which time Iwan diligently gave these nappies the best he had, we have to give the Real Easy a big thumbs up! The pictures above were taken after more than two weeks worth of heavy use and washing, and it's easy to see how well they've held up. The soft fleece lining is still fluffy and snowy white, with only the expected amount of pilling. The colors have stayed vibrant despite days of line drying (we've had lovely stint of sunny weather here in North Wales), and the minky outer is still as soft as the day it arrived.
I loved the way these fit Iwan. The Real Easys are sized, which I know many people prefer, but I tend to go for one size nappies because I think they tend to be better value for money. I've gotta say, these were a good deal trimmer than our normal one size pockets. The rise did seem a bit low to me when I first put them on Iwan, but we never had any leaks or blowouts so it was fine.
And let me tell you, the Real Easys were really put through the ringer: In a bad mommy moment, we were caught out of the house for a whole afternoon while Iwan was wearing the PUL Real Easy. In my rush to leave the house I had neglected to check if the changing bag was fully stocked. It wasn't. So as much as I hate to admit my mistake, my little boy was in this nappy for much longer than he should have been. When we got home, I was expecting to have a full-on laundry emergency, but nope, not a leak in sight! Definitely impressive.
I also wanted to give the Real Easy's a whirl for night time. Iwan is only a moderate wetter, so I was fairly confident that they would be fine. Our normal night time diaper consists of a one size pocket stuffed with a microfiber insert and two microfiber boosters. The directions that came with the Real Easys suggested also adding additional stuffing for night time, so I followed the advice. In order to see if the Real Easy could beat our normal pocket dipe for night time, I used only one booster (a BumGenius microfiber booster pad, if you're interested). It made for a much trimmer fit under Iwan's jammies, and after 12 hours of sleep we were leak free the next morning. If your baby is a heavy wetter you would probably need to add a bit more, or use a more absorbent hemp or bamboo booster.
The claims of fast drying held up too. These nappies took no longer to dry than the microfiber inserts I usually use with my pocket diapers. Again, quite impressive. Although, I still enjoy that with the pocket you have the versatility of using the shells (which dry super quickly) with additional dry inserts if need be. You lose out on this with an all in one, but in reality I have enough nappies in my stash that I never need to do this anyway. For someone just building their stash, it could be something to consider.
All in all, I really liked the Real Easys, and they've become a useful component in our cloth diapering routine. Because they're so foolproof, they'd be great to send along to nursery, and perfect for someone making the switch to cloth diapering. I do wish that they came with an option of a hook and loop closure, and not just snaps, but that's a purely personal preference. This is a great diaper, and it really is "Real Easy."
Now for the fun part!
BabyKind will be giving away a free MINKY Real Easy all-in-one nappy to one of my lucky readers. The winner will be able to choose the size and color/pattern.
The best part is, BabyKind has kindly (hehe, get it?) offered to ship the prize anywhere in the world, so this giveaway is open to everyone!! Here's how to enter (both steps must be completed in order to win):
1. Follow my blog publicly and comment that you do (or that you already do).
2. Go on over to BabyKind's website and have a browse of all of their amazing products. Leave a separate comment saying what product you'd like to try (it doesn't have to be nappy related)- they have loads of great stuff!
The giveaway will close on Sunday April 3rd at 9 pm GMT. A winning comment will be chosen at random, and the winner will be posted here on the blog- be sure to check back to see if you win!