Totsbots are ethical nappies, made in their own factory here in Scotland - no sweatshops for them! Indeed Totsbots love using local companies that they have moved all production back to Glasgow after getting some of the Bamboozles manufactured in Turkey to help meet demand. Even the sourcing of materials for making the products and packaging are sourced ethically.
One reason, beyond how pretty cloth nappies are, that we chose to try cloth was because of the chemicals used in disposable nappies. Indeed when we found M was getting nappy rash we changed her disposables to cloth and the rash started to clear up instantly. Yes we do still use disposables from time to time but cloth is the way forward for us and Totsbots have a Oeko-tex 100 certification to prove their nappies are free of harmful chemicals. They are the only nappy company in the world to have our whole range of nappies Oeko-tex certified!
We have used a number of differnt types of Totsbots nappies, from V2-V4 Easyfits and Bamboozles.
The Easyfit nappies are all-in-one birth to potty nappies which fit babies from 8lb to 35lb. At 15 months M is on the middle size setting of these so there is still plenty of growth room in them. I did find that when she was smaller I could not get a good size on her, this was an issue with her having such skinny legs and she was only on the 3rd percentile at the time. Once she started to put on weight round her thighs they started to fit well. Yes we have had leaks in the past (I didn't know you were meant to boost nappies) and still we sometimes get a leak here or there but that tends to be on the days that M is weeing loads and we just haven't changed her.
It is hard to find anything but the V4 Easyfits now as the others have been phased out but we started with V3 nappies which are so soft to touch. I also find that these dry so much faster than the other two versions. No matter how often you wash it the inner part stays soft which is great when putting on your babies bottom! I also love the bold prints that there are with V3 nappies. Gorgeous.
The V4 nappies is made of "Binky" a combination of bamboo and minky and certainly holds in the wee more than the the other Totsbots do. It comes with a booster which I have never taken off and sometimes it is saturated and others it is drier.
V2 nappies were made, I believe, with bamboo and are I find these last ages as well although some of the nappies have a more crinkly sound to them than other V2s? Otherwise I love them all.
If you are looking for a nappy that last longer, or is a night nappy, the Totsbots Bamboozles are the ones for you. I have a toddler who sleeps 16 hours a night and have used these with no leaks. Incredible really for a cloth nappy. These are two part nappies with an outer waterproof cover and the Bamboozle cloth nappy. I boost mine because M sleeps so long and we have had a few leaks but you expect that when she sleeps as long as she does. These are made of super soft stretchy bamboo and you need more Bamboozles than wraps. I have to say I get nervous at night tim with cloth but 9 time out of 10 I am shocked at how well they cope. You can get these in two sizes although we have only used size 2 which fits 9 to 35lb but you can get size 1 Bamboozles that fit from 6 to 18 lb.
These nappies use "velcro" to close round the waist but have poppers to allow you to reduce the size for smaller babies and hence "birth to potty". I found that fitting tightly round the thigh was a problem for us in the early days as M had, and still does have, skinny thighs. She is a tall slender baby and now toddler and Totsbots does state that this can be a problem with fitting issues. However once she reached 4 or 5 months old and having had a wee chat online with Totsbots and other users I found that I could get the right fit and boosting helped. I think with M I would have needed the Teenyfits but hindsight is a marvelous thing isn't it! I do wish there had been a way to pull the leg closing in a little tighter when M was smaller but that is just a small thing really.
Ease of use
If you can put on a disposable nappy you can put on a Totsbots nappy. Yes it takes a we bit of fiddling to get the right fit for your child but once you work that out it takes seconds to do a nappy change.
The Bamboozles take an age to air dry. If it is not a sunny warm day I would give them a couple of days to dry on the line or on an air dryer. We have a heated dryer from Lakeland and still it takes more than a day to dry. They can also be a bit bulky when on but if they keep going through the night I can deal with bulkiness.
Easyfits can be dried easily, on the line they can be put out in the morning and on the baby in the afternoon. Even inside they can be dry within a day.
V2 and V4 nappies are the most absorbent to of the Easyfits, with the V4s coming out in front. The V3s need boosted but that said they can all last 4 hours at a time.
Bamboozles are amazing. To last 16 hours is outstanding. I was so sure that thy would leak and M would be woken up by the wetness and her pyjamas would be sodden but how wrong I was.
These are our favourite nappies. We have a big collection of then and are always looking for more. I do think they are a little smaller than some of the other nappies we have but I don't think that compromises them in any way.
I will say that the Bamboozles make me a bit sad at times. I especially love the Thistle and Sunset colours and get sad when I have to cover them in a wrap. I wish there was such a thing as a clear wrap or wraps in the same colours as the Bamboozles are.