Baba and Boo Review & Giveaway!

When the lovely Eve from Baba and Boo contacted me about doing a review about her beautiful cloth nappies I had to take a deep breath before it appeared I was about to rip her hand off. To say I was excited is an understatement.

Baby J and I started the cloth journey with a little bit of gentle prodding by three of my lovely friends who were already cloth nappy experts.

To say I was a little scared about cloth is an understatement. I asked such silly questions too which make me LOL and blush a little thinking about them… One of the gems being “so can I leave a cloth nappy on all day??” um… no Emily…. my lovely friend Kelly, very politely pointed out that I change disposable so why wouldn’t I change a cloth nappy?

So, the journey started. I bought a few nappies to try and see how I got on. The many prints that are available is astounding. There are so many pretties out there! Point score 1 for cloth, who wouldn’t want pirate skulls on their babies bum? Or ridiculously cute owls? Or any number of patterns. You think it, it’s there.

Okay, so I was convinced they were pretty. Now the washing side of things. Would it increase my washing load massively? Actually, no. Initially with only having a few cloth nappies I would just throw them in with the clothes, I don’t use fabric softener (which I’ve since learnt can affect absorbency) but it didn’t make a massive difference to the amount of washing a family of 4 creates. Now that I cloth exclusively I was every two days, it has made no difference to my routine at all. The biggest thing I’ve noticed? Black bag waste.

Yup, you read that correctly. Black bag waste. We here, in the back of beyond are on fortnightly collections. It’s a nightmare and black bags, like toys, and gremlins, multiply at extortionate rates! 10 black bags… 10 a fortnight I had when using disposable. My drive way is long, and those bags were so heavy. Now? 4, which is ordinary for us. Thats two trips up my driveway instead of five. Simple things people.

So like I mentioned above, Eve offered me some of her gorgeous nappies to review and I could pick which prints I wanted. How exciting! I am very much like a child at Christmas when it comes to fluff so how could I narrow it down? My gorgeous friend Kelly had sent me Pirates Ahoy! Truth be told I wanted them all! I eventually picked Bongo Bat and Otto Owl.


I am owls obsessed and so happy I went for this print. It’s beautiful and the colours really pop. Bongo Bat was chosen for Halloween purposes. Who wouldn’t want a Bat on the bum for halloween? Bongo is actually ridiculously cute and gets chosen to go on the bum very frequently by M. He loves choosing what nappy baby J is going to wear.


Baba and Boo deal exclusively with pocket nappies, this means you can tailor make the absorbancy to suit your needs. I was sent two microfibre inserts with the nappies which are very thirsty. With it being a pocket nappy it also meant I could add in a layer of bamboo to suit us going out for an extended period of time. I love pocket nappies for this feature. I love being able to make them super thirsty so they last.

Baba and boo nappies are also birth to potty so I will be able to use these nappies right the way through to potty training Baby J. If you go an take a look at the Baba and Boo website you can see all the fabulous prints available. I want Soldier on next! Super cute!

The fit of the Baba and Boo nappies is amazing too. I get a fabulous fit on baby J, bearing in mind he is 5.5 months old (HOW?!?!) I am still using the nappies on the smallest setting so I know they are going to go the distance.


My biggest regret is not using cloth with M, I wish I had embarked on this journey that much sooner. I wish I hadn’t been afraid and naive. I am happy we found cloth and beautiful nappies like baba and boo.

Now, here is your chance. Are you contemplating giving cloth a go? Are you a seasoned cloth used and want to expand on your stash, then enter this fabulous rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win some beautiful cloth nappies from Baba and Boo!
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Differences 

When you have a newborn, your first baby, everything can seem totally overwhelming. I was overwhelmed. There were so many different things on the market. I was 23 with a partner who had already had children and I allowed him to make a lot of the decisions. He was experienced. I was new and naive. 

Second time around, I was that bit older, that bit wiser and more internet savvy and I had a lot more mummy friends. It’s now I realise the differences. As well as my different approach to adjusting to a newborn and feeling more confident I came to realise there were things I wanted to do this time that I didn’t even dream of doing with M, one of them being baby wearing. 

I didn’t even know what baby wearing was with M, or the benefits of baby wearing. This time I decided I definitely wanted to I’ve it a go. As well as the closeness from wearing J, it also meant my hands would be free to do stuff with M and keep on top of things around the house. What I didn’t bank on was the millions of different choices of carrier and how addictive it could be buying pretties. I wish I had discovered a sling library to try stuff out in, I initially bought a stretch my wrap but couldn’t wrap it for the life of me. This led to me getting a close caboo dx, an easy stretchy but was also their hybrid as its billed as a soft structured carrier. I loved it, it made life easier and J loved being close. 

  

   
   
It’s made us very close and M enjoys me being able to play with  him. It’s become a bit of an obsession though. I also have a rose and rebellion carrier as well as a new Tula. It’s an addiction. 

Something else I have done differently this time, thanks to a helpful nudge from my lovely friends Amanda, Kelly and Katie, cloth nappies. Something I wouldn’t have even considered with M because the thought of extra washing and what not scared me half to death. 

J was in disposables when he first arrived and no word of a lie, 10 black bags of rubbish happened. With collections happening every two weeks it was staggering! So this started an addiction like no other. 

I am cloth nappy obsessed! The fact that is actually hasn’t increased my washing much and my black bag waste is down to 3 bags is a bonus. Include the fact that baby J’s bum is beautiful and clear I’m on to a winner. 

   
    
    
 
Another thing? Baby J is still sleeping in with us. M was hoofed out more or less straight away, which I regret massively now. I love having J in with us. Yes, it can get frustrating when he’s having a particularly bad night but then I generally pull him in to bed with me. It’s lush. 

Whilst this post may seem whistful and longing to turn back the clock to do so much more with M, it’s not. What I did with M still stands, it was still super magical but it was overwhelming. This time I’m more assertive, clearer in what I want us to do with the baby. If I could have more I’d have a football team. I am thoroughly enjoying this new part of my parenting journey. It’s made all the more fun by having M along for the ride. 

Parenting is scary, there’s no right or wrong. Every choice is individual. Do you know what I do with though? I wish we were all more supportive of each other instead of judging people’s parenting styles. Parenting, like I’ve already said is scary. It can be lonely, it’s a constant guessing game of whether we are doing the right thing. Trust me, you’re doing amazing. Parenting is shit sometimes, but for all the times it sucks, there’s a million reasons why it’s so perfect and amazing.