We made the switch to cloth nappies over 2 years ago now and I will still say that it was the best eco-friendly decision we have made to date. I am so happy that we have been using cloth full time since William was 6 months old and have completely moved away from disposables– I just wish I’d known about them with my first! Over the last couple of years, we have come to use a range of different nappy types and brands so when a brand new company comes to the table it is always an exciting time. It really does show that the reusable nappy industry is growing and that more and more parents are eager to become more eco-friendly. Hippynut is one such new company and when they asked me to review their brand new all in one nappy I was over the moon (what cloth nappy mum doesn’t like trying new nappies, eh?!)
Who Are Hippynut?
Hippynut is a small business made up of Mum Kat and Dad Eranga from Oxfordshire. Their aim is to spread their eco love with the belief that even small positive actions are capable of changing the world for the better. They have recently come up with a new all in one nappy which is made from predominantly natural materials, has a wider range of poppers to gain that perfect fit and of course has 100% original prints.
“A small family-owned and -operated business, Hippynut specialises in vegan and zero-waste eco living solutions. We strive to provide and design the best products, and are passionate about helping people to make cruelty free and environmentally friendly choices and to produce less waste”
The company have also partnered up with Ecologi to help to offset their carbon footprint. For each £15 spent in their store, they will plant a tree in the attempt to eventually build a forest.
The Wholenut AIO
The wholenut nappy is made up of:
Bamboo insert with no microfibre
Soft and stretchy PUL fabric.
Snap-in boosters to adjust the absorbency (to be purchased separately)
High hip snaps to prevent wing drop.
Double gusset for leak prevention.
Front and back elastics for extra comfort.
Double row of snaps for a more secure fit.
Five rise settings and adjustable insert length, providing a true birth to potty fit.
*You can view more about this nappy on their website here.
All of this was really positive to read as even though I do use microfibre, it really isn’t the best for the environment, I love the fact that it has a double gusset (always a win) plus the range of poppers is nothing like I have seen before. On the inside, this all in one has a main insert sewn in at either end and is made up of a staggering 8 layers. There is then a space underneath it to snap in the boosters which you can choose to purchase.
Hippynut have a couple of snap in boosters which you can add onto your shop. A single bamboo booster and then a hemp booster both of which come in two sizes allowing the larger ones to be doubled over, giving you a total of four or six whole absorbent layers! My immediate reaction to this was that this would make a perfect night time nappy. So, how did I get on?
When the nappy first arrived I could see that it was well made, it had been well thought about and designed and had elements I personally haven’t seen before– the extra poppers for fit and the sewn in layer. The material is soft and also very stretchy and the light blue style we received is very pretty.
When fitting a new brand of nappy it weirdly feels as though you haven’t ever fitted a cloth nappy before! And with extra poppers at my disposal I had to take some time to see if William (at 2 1/2) was ok with it all open or if he would need a rise brought up. The main thing I noticed when fitting the Hippynut was that the nappy felt tight, however, once he stood up it was absolutely fine and could even be adjusted again. So, definitely re-check your fit once you baby or child has moved from the changing mat.
Once I could see that we had the perfect fit, I could also see how comfortable the nappy was and how easily he could move in it whilst getting up to his typical William activities…
It definitely moves with your child and we certainly put it through its paces here. William was at ease in it and didn’t mind at all that he had something new on. The stretchy waistband most definitely came in handy here!
As always, I put this nappy through every test I could so I could give you honest feedback on it. I didn’t want to just use it once and say yeah it’s good without trying every booster option as well as testing daytime as well as nighttime.
The first wear was with the Hippynut nappy fully boosted to try overnight. It sat comfortably on William and he slept really well in it. He had the nappy on for around 13 hours and didn’t leak at all.
The second wear I decided to try the Hippynut AIO just as it is, no additional inserts. Unfortunately, the nappy was saturated in under 2 hours and I could see it was heavy as the nappy started to pull down in the middle. I was hoping I would get longer out of it but it obviously needs that boost.
The third wear I used just one bamboo insert and again, I only got 2 1/2 hours out of it because he was saturated. The nappy seems to change shape as it fills up and all of the urine seems to pull to the middle.
On the fourth go, I used all inserts but for us, for a daytime nappy I would say this was a bit too bulky. It again was only on for 2 1/2 hours as it pulled down and was annoying him. He was also telling me he was wet.
I would say this nappy is ideal for us for nighttime but it doesn’t suit us as an everyday nappy… And you will see this is also true due to the next factors.
The Poo Test
On the very first wear, William had a huge teething poo straight from waking in the morning. First things first, I do not use liners. I’ve never felt that I’ve needed to and poo hasn’t ever been an issue. Now, due to the fact that the top layer is sewn in I had a bit of a problem when it came to the clean up. The poo was literally between every layer, that is four layers which created a mess; I didn’t know where to start. I used an awful lot of toilet roll to remove what I could from the top as it didn’t seem to want to budge (not like a fleece-lined nappy). I then had to unpopper the inserts, which wasn’t pleasant, just so I could clean out all of the areas that the poo went into. This took up so much time, it resulted in more mess for me to clean up and was very off-putting. Now, for clarity, before I make my next point, this happened on a Friday morning and I did my wash on the Monday morning. Which for us, isn’t a long time, I’ve been known to leave nappies far longer especially on holidays. The result after the wash was this:
I did my usual wash as I always do (which is actually just as Hippynut state on their card that they send with their nappy, except I use 60° due to having an eco washing machine) and every other nappy came out perfectly clean, even the ones that also had an explosive teething poo.
I put it in for a second wash to see if it was just a blip but it came out exactly the same. Obviously, at this point I contacted the company to highlight that I had stumbled across a possible issue that they may want to investigate. They asked the questions you would expect them to in regards to time it was in the nappy bin, how I wash and so on but the only resolution they could give was to try the sun. I have since washed the nappy six times, left it in the sun for 3 hours one day and six hours another day (both wet). I am still left with a stain:
Now, this may not bother some people and I know that staining does not mean that a nappy is dirty, but as I have never had this issue before, because I would struggle to sell or pass this on and because this will surely only get worse with every poo? (I can only speculate as he hasn’t pooed in it again) I can’t say that I am very happy with it. If you have this nappy I would highly recommend that you use a liner and if any poo does touch the surface that you do your rinse immediately (I’ve noticed that since I alerted them of this problem that it has been recently added onto the Hippynut website to rinse within the first 1-2 days but it does not state this on the care card you receive).
Moving onto drying and the second reason that I would only have this as a nighttime nappy is due to the fact that it takes three days for this nappy to fully dry inside a warm house. If I were to have this as my only daytime nappy I would struggle. Even out on a hot day, it took 7 hours on the line to dry. For comparison, my usual daytime nappy brand (a pocket nappy) dries in our home in under 24 hours (minus inserts) and our nighttime AIO takes around a day and half to 2 days. On the line, both were dry hours before the Hippynut was. I could cope with this drying time if the nappy was only required for a night a week and I had a good-sized stash of them but with only having one nappy to review, he has so far only been able to wear it once a week (4 weeks) which gives you an idea of how long one nappy takes to wait for a wash and to be dried.
I had really high hopes for this nappy due to its layering and design but it just doesn’t work for us. I have, however, seen other reviews from people on Instagram who love it so it just goes to show that every nappy isn’t for every family. For me, if the nappy didn’t stain this way, I probably would have felt more positive about it but it gets a bit of a neutral overall thoughts from us.
*I was sent this nappy for a full and honest blog post review. For further information please refer to my disclosure page.
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