When I was pregnant using anything other than disposable nappies never crossed my mind. It wasn't until some other mamas I know suggested getting a trial pack of reusable nappies that I even considered an alternative. And now, a few weeks on, we're just moving to using reusables full time.
My biggest worry about cloth nappies was whether or not they would leak. Especially as little Vi was so tiny at birth, I didn't think there was any way she would fit in anything but a size 0 disposable. That's where the Pop-In Newborn nappies from Close Parent* came in. The Pop-In start from a tiny 5lbs, which worked perfectly on Violet's little bum.
The Pop-In comes in two parts, the wrap or outer layer and the soaker or inner layer. The wrap is waterproof and can be wiped clean (if not soiled) between uses, so all you have to change is the liner. The liners come double sided and can be used either in the fleece side or furry side depending on what you and your baby prefer. Both are super soft and delicate on your baby's skin and work really well at absorbing any moisture.
The nappy has double leg gusset giving it a closer fit to the legs and preventing any pesky leaks. They have a handy Velcro fastening which can be easily made smaller or bigger as your baby grows. These are designed for up to 12lbs, so V will get a good amount of wear from these.
The soaker is easily popped in and out of the wrap using a simple popper system. It's really quick to get the nappy set up and handy to take apart ready for the wash.
Alongside the soaker, I was kindly sent some of the liners to try. For those that have never used reusables, the liner is designed to sit in the nappy to catch any solids, making the soaker easier to clean. The liners are biodegradable and can be flushed down the loo! Violet is pretty predictable with her toilet habits so I tend to only use a liner if she's due to poop, otherwise I don't bother.
You might not like the idea of putting a soiled nappy back in your bag, especially if you have a newborn poo explosion! That's where the handy Pop-In Stuff Sack comes in. The bag is waterproof and fastens to to prevent any dirty nappies escaping in your changing bag. The sack is fab as its machine washable, so I just pop it in the wash with the dirty nappies.
Starting out with cloth nappies can be really overwhelming. There are so many different types and styles, it's definitely trial and error to find your favourite. I will be sharing my thoughts on other brands/types in the future, but if your looking for a starting point for your newborn I would absolutely recommend giving these a go. Cloth nappies are not only better for the environment than disposables but can save you a huge amount of money in the long run. Plus they're super comfy and look really cute too!
The Pop-In Newborn Nappy Box is available from Close Parent here.