Vicki introduces us to the Bubblebubs range of modern cloth nappies. She shows us how to use each nappy, as well as their advantages and disadvantages. This is a great place to start when trying to work out which product is the right fit for your family. Vicki has been making and selling cloth nappies in Australia for over a decade and is the president of the Australian Nappy Association.

Update: Vicki mentions that she may one day learn how to fold a cloth nappy and indeed she did! Check this video out to see her realise how easy it is!


Transcript for overview of cloth nappy range.

Hi everyone. I’m Vicki from Bubblebubs, and today I wanted to show you the difference between a flat, a fitted, and an all-in-one and all-in-two nappy.

So, what we’ve got is when we talk about cloth nappies, everybody thinks we’re talking about traditional flat nappies, so they are still available. These particular ones I made with a bamboo terry towelling, so they’re super-soft, and a lot more absorbent than your plain cotton.

So, just a little bit of origami, I’m not going to lie. I’m not the greatest at folding these, which seems ridiculous for someone who’s been selling cloth nappies for 13 years, but anyway, there are plenty of tutorials online, and I may even learn in the coming months how to fold terry flat and do a video on that.

But yes, we do have a traditional terry flat, so that’s just a square of fabric. So, moving on to the beginning of modern cloth nappies. This is what we call a prefold, so this here, this is a stretchy bamboo prefold, so it does have quite a bit of stretch on it. So, when you’re popping it on a baby, you’re going to be able to fit it quite nicely.

Now, we do also have a cotton prefold, which doesn’t have the same sort of a stretch so you can see that these work really quite well as a pad-fold. Thus, a pad-fold just means we fold it into three, and then fit it in the cover. So these are entirely absorbent, so you do need a waterproof cover to go over them. There’s a couple of different ways you can fold them, not quite as much origami as you have to do with the flat, so like this here is an angel-wing fold, so you just pull the wings out like that, and pop it on bob, and you can do it up with this nappy or pins, whatever you prefer.

There’s a couple for newborn poo. You can do a jelly-roll fold, which you just roll the sides of the prefold in, and that’s really good at containing newborn poo. And again, just wrap it around Bob, so, a little bit of work in it, but prefolds, if your stash really needs pre-folds, they’re really quite versatile. Later on, if you require to boost nappies for nighttime and what-have-you, you can again just pad-fold this, boost a fitted nappy, which I’ll show you in a minute to make them, you know, last all night and that sort of thing.

So, that’s a prefold. Now, moving on from there, you have a fitted nappy, so this is actually our Bambam, this is our newborn fitted nappy, so what a fitted nappy is is it has elastic, so it’s kind of more shaped, a little bit quicker and easier to put on. Our Bambams actually comes with a trifold insert as well, and so what you’ve got with the nappy is you’ve got that elastic to contain any of your poo, and that sort of stuff, so you get a little bit better containment than you do with the prefold. They can take a little bit longer to dry, because you’ve got more pieces sewn together, and it doesn’t kind of spread out as much, so that’s probably the only disadvantage.

The advantage of your prefolds, or your fitted and a cover, is especially if they’re newborn, they fit really well, and they’re quite a bullet-proof system, so if anything happens to escape the nappy, it’s going to get caught in the cover. So, that’s a fitted.

So, moving on from there, you’ve got the most convenient types of nappies. So, we’ve got an all-in-two nappy. This is our Candie, and it’s a one-size nappy. So, all-in-two just means that you’ve got your nappy and your cover in two pieces, so generally an all-in-two will snap in, just like this. Our Candies, we fold in three, and you just pop that on your baby, like that, and nappies come with an extra booster for when they’re a little bit older, and you can add that.

Like I said, with your prefold, if you had a prefold involved with out-wetting this nappy, and you wanted it to last seven or eight hours, you can add an extra booster to that, so that’s an all-in-two, so as I said, it’s all in two pieces, and after that, you have an all-in-one, which is a nappy that is all in one piece, so you can see here, this is your cover, and this is the nappy part that’s going to do all of the boosting, so it’s all in one piece.

The disadvantage of an all-in-one is that it’s going to take a little bit longer to dry, because you’ve got some absorbency in the shell and you’ve got multiple layers there, but the most convenient part, of course, is there’s nothing to snap in, there’s nothing to fold in, so these particular ones do up with Velcro. You can get all-in-ones with snaps in, as well, if you prefer, but an all-in-one is as close to a disposable that you’re going to get. The only difference is, of course, you wash them. So, yeah, that’s pretty much your traditional up to your modern cloth nappies, all the different styles.

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