I thought cloth was suppose to be cheaper!
, Mar 27 2012 02:38 PM
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:38 PM
Just need to have a bit of a vent!
DD is nearly 3, I bought cloth nappies in 3 sizes over her first year of life. I got them out to put on DS and the elastic has gone in the small and medium sized nappies! They are totally useless!
I am especially crabby because I really didn't use them that much, some would have only been used 20 or so times, I washed them as per the instructions etc. According to the company I bought them from I can't expect the elastic to last this long (2-2.5yrs). How close together am I suppose to have my babies if I am going to use these nappies for more than one child. Which let's face is is the only way it is cheaper than disposables (they were relatively expensive nappies). I even wonder if the environmental impact of making the cloth nappies was any better than sposies if they have such a short life span.
Grrr what a waste of money! Can't believe this so called favorite brand was of such inferior quality. FWIW the BBH one size all nappies which were used and stored the same are in perfect condition! GGGRRRR
Ah that feels a little better!
Edited by pitzinoodles, 27 March 2012 - 02:39 PM.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:16 PM
That must be frustrating. On the upside I think it would be fairly cheap to have them repaired with new elastic and use them. I have some that got a lot of use (I only had 12 nappies on high rotation for a year). The elastic is next to useless on them now so I plan to have it replaced. Like you, some brands are still perfect with that level of use but one in particular is not.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:20 PM
I have some nappies that the elastic has died in, after 18 months of heavy use. I'm planning on replacing the elastic, when I get around to it...
You might find that if you can seek out somebody who can do this for you, you get more of your money's worth.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:38 PM
So frustrating OP.
I've used some of the same nappies for both of my boys - some lasted really well through both boys but others had the same problem as you. I know some of the nappy makers give instructions about how to change the elastic. Maybe the business can tell you how to do it and if you aren't a sewer, you could find someone who could do it for you?? It would be cheaper than buying all new MCNs or disposables.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:51 PM
I think storing nappies for a long time without washing them doesn't help the elastics also. Some brands recommend washing them every 2 months or so when not in use to prevent this. Otherwise i agree with PP, just get the elastics replaced.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:59 PM
What was the brand that didn't last?
Elastics are easily replaceable. Do you know anyone with sewing skills? There are online tutorials that can be followed.
Without knowing which type you have used it's hard to point you in the right direction for the correct information but here is just one video I have found which actually uses a no-sew method of replacing nappy elastics:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsiYu2ELOZQ
As your child is 3, I would presume that you have saved money by now anyway. So they have
been cheaper than disposables.
Edited by Bernard, 28 March 2012 - 04:00 PM.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:01 PM
FWIW, the ones where the elastic went, I use the BBH covers with them so I don't get leakage. Makes them a big bulkier but at least I can still use them.
I did the same. Just basically treated them as a fitted nappy
Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:06 PM
Nothing compares to BBH IMO. Ones I bought for DD and used VERY regularly, and now also used for DS SEVEN YEARS later, are still in perfect condition.
The bambooties and ittis I bought new for DS lost their elastic within weeks.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:26 AM
May I ask which brand the elastic went on?
We bought the sized aio's from BBH, and asked at the time how long we can expect them to last.
The rep emailed me and said that although many people do get use for 2 babies and store them for a few years they cannot guarantee it and that their official word is approx two years storage time and use for one child.
I figure if I get two kids use that's great, if I don't it's the cost of replacing the elastic rather than all new nappies.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:36 AM
Hmm. I'm thinking I might have to sell off my stash when I'm done with it, as I'm not planning number two for a few years yet. I'm also wondering which brand the OP has lost the elastic on. I just got some Itti Bitti tuttos that other week, and although they look highly amazing and technically advanced, they are so tight fitting on my skinny DS that poop has nowhere to go but up his back and out the leg holes (TMI soz). So glad I only payed 50% normal price!
I'm still loving BBH, cushie tushies not so much.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:58 AM
Bubblebubs will replace elastic for you, she was quick and I thought it was reasonably priced. Lots of people do replace elastic themselves too.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:09 AM
Name and shame please!
I've mainly got BBH and ebay cheapies and it was only the REALLY cheap ebay ones that did what you've described. I'm talking $2 a nappy including shipping cheap.
Mine have done two children and three years of HEAVY use and the ones that I use most are still in very good condition, in the case of my BBH they still look brand new!
Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:10 AM
That sucks! I guess it depends on the nappy.
My baby beehinds bamboo fitteds lasted DD1 from newborn through to toilet training, and DD2 is 16 months old and they are still going strong. I have a few that are getting a bit worn (because when I had two in nappies I had to use the dryer a bit - my own fault) but they are still usable.
I'm fairly certain they'll last one more baby.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:15 AM
I only bought fitted nappies for this reason. Mine have been in storage now for 2.5 years. I have no idea if the elastic will be ok, but since they need covers anyway, it doesn't matter. I will be happy to buy new covers for this baby.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:07 PM
I'm curious too. There are people on FB who say you should wash nappies every 12 weeks or thereabouts so that the elastics don't go, but TBH who has the time? I don't see why they should go. None of the nappy companies seem to give you any really good advice about how to store them for the long term.
I've washed my smalls and dried them in the drier to be super sure and then put them in a space bag at the back of a cupboard. Fingers crossed they'll be ok.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:57 PM
It depends on what elastic is used as to whether you need to wash your nappies regularly whilst in storage. Itti Bitti has a document on their facebook page about the long term storage of nappies. I also remember reading on their facebook page that their nappies don't need regular washing in storage because of the elastic they use. I have BBH small magicalls that I just got out of storage for my new bub. They haven't been washed in approximately a year and a half and the elastic seems fine in them.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:03 PM
I have been using large ittis for the last 2 years on my 2 year old and you can clearly here the scrunch from the PUL coming away. But they keep on going. I hope my son TT soon.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:16 PM
Regular elastic degrades over time - more so if it dries out. I've got baby clothes that has some in where its completely gone - so washing every now & then will help.
Silicon elastic (clear stuff) is much better. Itti now use it but they didn't originally - so older ones are more likely to have dead elastic. Its pretty easy to replace though.
Oh, and the crunchy noise they make sometimes isn't necessarily the PUL delaminating - I've pulled apart ones like that and they were fine - it was just the microfibe inside making the noise (AIO).
Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:55 PM
I've brought mine out for bub 3 after a couple of years in storage and only had a couple die (older itti bittis - and a couple of newborn raphaels) and thats been it.
how did you store them?
Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:59 PM
Certain brands last longer than others. I have some nappies that have been used on kids over a period of 7 years and are still going strong. I have only had a couple where the elastic has gone, but fixed those up myself. The ones I made over 6 years ago anre still going strong though, and adorn the odd dolls bottom
Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:43 PM
thats why we went with the Chinese cheapies. It was $4 per nappy (pockets) and we had our money back in 4 months.
That way it didnt matter if they lasted or not (2 years and still going strong!)
Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:13 PM
My BBH bamboo fitted nappies and covers are onto the third child in under 4 years and are still like new.
My BBH Magicalls look new but I can hear the scrunching noise in the mediums which had some heavy use for my older two, no leaks though so they may see us through three kids. Small and large Magicalls are not used as frequently due to my preference for the fitteds for under 6 months and DS TT at 18 months so these are showing no signs of overuse.
Cloth has certainly worked out cheaper than disposables for our family.
Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:24 PM
FWIW the BBH one size all nappies which were used and stored the same are in perfect condition! GGGRRRR
I've got BBH fitteds that have lasted almost 4 years through 2 children and still going strong.
They haven't been babied at all and were stored for about 10 month between babies and are all fine. Some others didn't last.
I'm actually using Greenkids my sister gave to me . They are also almost 3 years old but not used as often as mine and are still going strong. I think I have lost the elastic in 1 of them only ( I have 13 or so from her)
Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:37 PM
Apparently you are supposed to wash them every 3 months whilst stored.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:05 PM
BBH will almost certainly last multiple kids - they are the only brand I buy and is the reason I became a consultant.
I have the original BBH MA's, used for 2 kids and still able to be used for another. Will probably give them away to a friend as I am certainly not having any more lol
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