17 October 2012

{Cloth 101} Cloth diapers available in South Africa

So you've decided to follow the cloth nappy route, but have no clue where to start? The wide variety of brands, blogposts and reviews are all good and well if you're living in the USA, with easy access to all of them, but what to do if you're living on the southern tip of Africa? Don't fear, I've got you sorted. 

The following brands are either made, designed or available to purchase in South Africa. Also look out for my follow-up post with more details on exactly where to buy cloth diapers if you're based in South Africa. I will list online retailers in South Africa, shops stocking cloth nappies in South Africa, as well as other sites that are willing to ship to South Africa (without costing you an arm & leg). 


AIO (All-in-one)
Mother Nature AIO Bamboo Nappy - OS, polyester outer (with PUL lining) and a bamboo/cotton inner. Has a snap-down rise, with 3 rise settings and a snap closure.   Bumgenius Elementals - OS, polyester outer (with PUL lining) and 100% organic cotton inner. Has a snap-down rise with 3 rise settings and a snap closure.  

AI2 (All-in-two)
Bam+Boo - OS, brushed cotton outer (with PUL lining), coolmax (stay-dry) inner and a bamboo/cotton insert. Features a snap-down rise, with 4 rise settings and a velcro closure. Comes with an extra bamboo/cotton booster. *can also be used as a pocket nappy*
Flip - OS, PUL outer with a wipe-dry interior and a stay-dry insert. Features a snap-down rise, with 3 rise settings and a snap or velcro closure. *can also be a used as a prefold & cover system*
Mother Nature AIO Bamboo Nappy - OS, polyester outer (with PUL lining) and a snap-in bamboo/cotton soaker. Has a snap-down rise, with 3 rise settings and a snap closure.  

Pocket nappies
Bam+Boo - OS, brushed cotton outer (with PUL lining), coolmax (stay-dry) inner and a bamboo/cotton insert. Has a snap-down rise, with 4 rise settings and a velcro closure. Comes with an extra bamboo/cotton booster. Features double leg gussets to contain runny poo. *can also be used as an AI2*
BumGenius - OS, PUL outer with a suedecloth (stay-dry) inner and a microfibre insert. Has a snap-down rise, with 3 rise settings and a velcro or snap closure. Comes with an extra microfibre insert. Features stretchy tabs in the front which makes it easier to get a snug fit on baby.
Cherub Tree - OS, PUL outer with a suedecloth (stay-dry) inner and a microfibre insert. Has a snap-down rise, with 3 rise settings and a velcro or snap closure. Comes with an extra hemp insert. Features stretchy tabs in the front which makes it easier to get a snug fit on baby.
Fancypants - OS, PUL outer with bamboo/cotton inner and a microfibre insert. Features a snap-down rise with 4 rise settings and a snap closure. Comes with one extra insert. Features stretchy fabric all around which makes it easier to get a snug fit on baby.
Snugglybum - OS, PUL outer with polyester inner and a microfibre insert. Also available with a bamboo/polyester inner and a bamboo/cotton insert. Has a snap-down rise, with 3 rise settings and a snap closure.

Fitted nappies
Mother Nature Nature Nappy - OS, bamboo/cotton. Features a fold-down rise, with 2 rise settings and a snap closure.
Earthbabies - OS, unbleached terry cloth. Features a fold-down rise, with 2 rise settings and a velcro closure.

Prefolds
Bambino Mio Mionappy - Sized prefold, 4-6-4 layers of bleached cotton. These were designed to be trifolded into the miosoft cover, but can also be used with snappis or pins.
Econobum - OS, 6-8-6 layers of unbleached cotton. These were designed to be trifolded into the econobum cover, but can also be used with snappis or pins. *
Flip Organic - OS, layers of organic cotton. These were designed to be trifolded into the flip cover, but can also be used with snappis or pins. *

Covers
Bambino Mio Miosoft - Sized waterproof cover, fabric outer lined with a PUL wipe dry interior. Has a velcro closure. Features double leg gussets to contain runny poo.
Econobum - OS waterproof cover, PUL outer with a wipe dry interior. Has a snap-down rise  with 3 rise settings and a snap closure.*
Flip - OS waterproof cover, PUL. Has a snap-down rise with 3 rise settings and a snap or velcro closure. Features flaps on the inside in the front and back, designed to keep a trifolded prefold or insert in place. * (can also be used as an AI2, when using the stay-dry insert)
Mother Nature Rainbow Cover - Sized waterproof cover, brushed flannel outer lined with PUL. Has a velcro closure. Features double leg gussets to contain runny poo.

* These prefolds have to be bought in combination with their covers, they cannot be bought seperately. 

5 comments:

  1. Can you list these nappies in order of your most favourite, with the reasons?

    Thanks!

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    1. I have a post planned where I will list my favourite brands. Watch this space.

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  2. Hi, thanks for all the awesome info, you are a life saver. :-)
    I was wondering if you know where I can buy PUL fabric in South Africa, or online that ships to us. I want to try my hand at making my own fluff for my babe.

    Thank you

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    1. Hi Melissa. Locally Earthbabies sells PUL (limited selection of colours), or try http://www.naturesfabrics.com/. Haven't ordered from them myself (my sewing skills are pretty limited...), but they come recommended from a friend.

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    2. Thank you so much! I'll go check them out :-)

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