Cloth naps

In Buying cloth nappies in Australia part one – the basics of cloth nappy systems Mum describes the terminology and components used in modern cloth nappy systems. Now we’re taking a look at the important bit for mums moving to Australia; which brands are sold in Aus and how much do they cost?

To research these articles Mum visited Baby Bunting (a large baby store in Sydney), Big W, and Target. The regular supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths that Mum visited in Sydney don’t stock cloth nappies or nappy system accessories.

Brands sold

In no particular order…

  • Pea pods are popular in Australia, in fact they’ve been recommended by a Mum’s gone 2 Aus reader in the comments of our article on disposable nappy brands sold in Aus. Pea pods are fleece lined nappies with a breathable waterproof outer layer and internal pocket for the absorbent insert (two inserts are used at night). You don’t use liners with pea pods. The inserts are made from a bamboo/cotton blend. There is a good range of colours and sizes. Useful links include: how to use and care,  list of pea pods stockists.
  • The Bambino Mio nappy system has won awards from worldwide parenting magazines and organisations. In Baby Bunting in Sydney, Bambino Mio were the most dominant brand, although when Mum asked a sales assistant whether they were the most popular brand sold at the store, the reply I got was, “We only really sell disposable nappies.” Hmmm… The Bambino Mio nappy system includes cotton nappies with Velcro fasteners, and ‘miosoft’ nappy covers. They recommend the use of biodegradable nappy liners. Funky prints on the nappy covers caught Mum’s eye.
  • Natures child nappy system includes square towelling nappies, wool nappy covers, PUL nappy covers, and snappi nappy fasteners. They also provide a nappy folding tip sheet. For an explanation of some of these terms (PUL, snappi etc) see Buying cloth nappies in Australia part one.
  • Big Softies describe themselves as “an Australian owned heritage brand”, they have been providing products to Australian parents for over 60 years.  Big Softies sell foldable cloth nappies and adjustable, waterproof pilchers. They sell packs of terry towelling, cotton, and fleecy cotton nappies. Mum has no idea what the benefits or differences are between ‘fleecy cotton’ and ‘cotton’ nappies but would be interested to know, please share the knowledge in the comments below. Big Softies nappies were widely available in all the stores Mum visited.
  • Bright Bots claim to be the “best ever fitted nappies”. Their fitted terry towelling nappies have Velcro fastening and double layering for extra absorbency. Bright Bots also sell packs of square towelling nappies and fitted pilchers.
  • Little Darlings Deluxe flannelette cotton nappies are the final brand of nappies Mum saw in stores in Sydney. There weren’t any accessories like pilchers and nappy liners, just the nappies by this brand.
  • Mother-ease nappies are made in Canada and primarily distributed in Australia by online retailer Nip Naps. Mother-ease also list a small number of Australian stockists on their website. Mother-ease nappies are one-size fitted nappies available in a range of different fabrics including organic cotton and bamboo. Mother-ease also produces nappy covers, liners, and boosters.
  • Baby BeeHinds are an Australian company selling fitted nappies (made from bamboo or hemp) and PUL nappy covers. The PUL nappy covers complement all types of square or pre-fold nappies. The covers seem popular in Australia and are frequently mentioned in parenting discussion forums. Online retailer Todae says the Baby BeeHinds PUL nappy covers are the best value for money PUL covers available in Australia.
  • Mandy Mac is an Australian brand selling one-size fitted bamboo and hemp nappies, as well as foldable and prefold nappies. The company founder is a mum of three who started the business because she was concerned about the health effects of using plastic and chemical based nappies.

The cost of cloth nappies in Australia

It’s difficult to do a cost comparison between different cloth nappy brands because the systems work differently. Where possible Mum has tried to include the cost of starter packs because these seem to be the most practical and cost effective.

  • Pea Pods – Starter Kits (bought online via pea pods website) : 10 pea pods (plus 2 free night boosters and 1 free pea pod) – $199.50, 5 pea pods (plus 1 free night booster) – $99.75.
  • Bambino Mio –  A small or starter set of Bambino Mio nappies includes 3 miosoft covers with 12 mionappies  costs from $140 to $160 depending on the size (small, medium, large). The complete Birth to Potty pack, based on washing nappies every third day, costs around $650. 100 flushable nappy liners cost around $13 and Miofresh antibacterial nappy cleanser which is 100% biodegradable and chlorine free was around $15.
  • Natures Child trial pack costs $128, direct from Natures Child via their website. At Baby Bunting in Sydney it was possible to buy a pack of 6 towelling nappies for $69.95. A pack of 200 Natures Child bio liners cost $24.95.
  • Big Softies: The cost for a 12 pack of fleecy cotton nappies ranged from $30 to $45, Target were the cheapest but had few in stock in the store I visited. Big Softies pilchers cost around $6 each. The cost for an eight pack of multicoloured cotton nappies ranged from $20 to $30, Big W were the cheapest.
  • Bright Bots fitted nappies cost $12.95 each. Bight Bots pilchers are $6.95 each. A six pack of Bright Bots square nappies costs around $30. The benefit of Bright Bots is that you only need purchase one fitted nappy to test them out.
  • Little Darlings Deluxe 12 super soft flannelette cotton nappies cost $29.95 at Baby Bunting.
  • Mother-ease trial pack including one nappy, one cover, and one booster costs around $35.
  • Baby Bee Hinds all-in-one nappies cost around $28 per nappy, bamboo and hemp fitted nappies cost $26 from Todae, Baby Bee Hinds PUL nappy covers (used with foldable nappies) cost between $10 and $13 and are available direct from Baby Bee Hinds or from online retailers such as Todae. Baby Bee Hind deluxe trial pack costs $94.
  • Mandy Mac nappies are purchased direct from Mandy Mac online, their MacTropic one-size nappies (that don’t require covers) cost $30 each. 12 one-size bamboo nappies costs $250.

Our two articles on cloth nappies cover tha basics of cloth nappy systems, and the brands and cost of cloth nappies sold in Australia. As Mum mentioned, we don’t have direct experience of these nappy systems so if you’re an Aussie Mum who has uses cloth nappies and would like to help other mums make the best decisions for their bubs, please share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments below. If you’re a nappy designer, or reseller, feel free to tell us why your nappies are the best! Thank you.

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