Traditional plastic (or PVC) nappy covers/pants that you can still unfortunately buy on the high street are, quite frankly, disgusting and should be outlawed! You would not wear them yourself, so why make your baby wear them? Most importantly, plastic pants are hot and sweaty, and they tend to leave painful red marks on the waist and legs. Because of this environment, sweat rashes easily develop, especially with night nappies. They may seem very cheap, but because they go hard so easily and need to be replaced, it is a very misleading economy. Bear in mind that the German research warning of the effect on sperm of the overheated atmosphere of a disposable applies just as much to an overheated cotton nappy - which will be the case if plastic or PVC wraps are used. You WILL NOT find any of these types of pants on our website so please shop in confidence we ONLY stock modern breathable ones.
You will need as a minimum at least three wraps at each size, to allow for one on, one in the wash and another for accidents, however this really is the absolute minimum. We recommend you have a ratio of 1 wrap for every 4 nappies that fit at each stage to ensure you don't run out. The younger the baby the more you are likely to need in 24hours.
I would recommend using the same cover pant for no more than 12 hours or so at a time. So, assuming you wash every day, your baby will wear one wrap overnight, another the next day. This assumes that you choose a wrap with a laminant interior, which you can simply wipe down each nappy change if you wish.
As a general rule cover pants should not be sanitised or tumble dried, as this may damage the waterproofing. Some can be tumble dried on low, but it is rarely worth the risk, as they usually air dry exceptionally quickly.
When you put the cover pants on, feel around the top and the legs to make sure it completely covers the nappy and nothing is sticking out, otherwise the wet will wick out onto clothes.
You also get a choice of nappy wraps that fit birth to potty or sized options. Sized options are more expensive as you need to replace them as baby grows. The fit however is MUCH better at each stage which in turn makes them far more reliable. You are also spreading the wear across your nappy system so if you have more children the wraps will be in better condition.
Our best selling wraps for over 21years are the Motherease covers. Motherease covers are truly wick resistant. Wicking is where the outer wrap picks up moisture from the nappy underneath (like if you put the corner of a tea towel in a mug of water the water would slowly travel through the tea towel). Motherease wraps are sized wraps so you move through sizes as baby grows. Motherease make two types of wraps rikkis which are velcro fastening and airflow which are poppers. The rikki are a trimmer fit which makes them very popular on newborn babies however the airflows are the more breathable wrap and tend to be the most popular choice.Other very popular sized wraps are thirsties duo which is available in 3 sizes and covers most nappies.
Birth to potty wraps are more economical as one size fits most of the time however they are less likley to last more than one child due to the amount of wear and tear they get over 2-3 years. While these wraps are called birth to potty/onesize really they start working best from 10/12lbs so not quite birth but very early on. Our best selling birth to potty wraps are the Blueberry Capri wrap which fits over most nappies and is also suitable for pad folded prefolds, bambinex onesize which is a deep wrap so also an option for use over terry squares. Petite Crown Catcher wraps are a generously sized birth to potty wrap which fits over all nappies including terry squares.
If you are on a budget don't compromise on the quality of your wrap but compromise on the nappy underneath. An excellent wrap will make even the cheapest nappy work.