I feel a bit mean posting this review as unless you managed to secure one of the last slots, LLS are now closed for further orders until 2012 due to maternity leave. But they are about on preloved boards and a few shops might still have some stock if you do a bit of searching.
But still, on with the review! LLS hand dye the fabric and you can either pick from their numerous colourways or even pick the colours and the dye effect you want yourself to be totally customised. Prices vary depending on the size, fabric and how much extra absorbency you want added to the nappy but this one cost me about £30 all together and thats including an extra zorb booster. I went for a custom colourway in a medium size with a pocket at the front for extra boosting and as mentioned the extra zorb booster. You can get extra boosting sewn into the main part of the nappy, but I wanted to keep drying time down a little. The different fabrics can be a little daunting but Beth is lovely and very helpful if you tell her what it is you need and will suggest what will work the best.
I have to admit it took me ages to pick the colours and fabric and place the order and even then after a few emails with Beth a few things got changed but it was all for the best in the end. So mine came with 3 inserts in total, two regular ones that snap together and can be snapped to the nappy inside the pocket and the extra zorb booster. And I have to say I’m glad I got the extra as we do use all three at night but Chloe’s skin is nice and dry in the morning. The pocket is big enough that you could always stuff it with whatever you have to hand if your LO is a heavy wetter like Chloe, otherwise you might be fine without any extra boosting.
Ease of use: Stuff the pocket and off you go, OH has occasionally left the inserts in the pocket and they have come out in the wash on their own thanks to the pocket being open which is always a bonus. This does of course need a cover over the top, we use fleece soakers, but in my opinion this is the case with all good night nappies, especially for heavy wetters.
Performance: This works great for us, dry skin in the morning, give a nice trim fit (not that important for night nappies but still good to have) and it doesnt take too long to dry.
Design: Well seeing as I picked the colour and style myself then I guess I have to say it’s perfect!! The only improvement I can see is maybe if the 2 normal inserts where in one bigger piece that you folded and stuffed in the pocket, just because it would save me having to find them in the pile of clean nappies when putting them together but it’s not really an issue at all.
Overall: This is a great nappy for us and it’s nice being able to get something from a UK WAHM rather the abroad. Whether you have a light wetter or an extreme wetter, I’m sure you can customise the nappy enough to work for you. The choice of fabrics and other options is a little daunting at first and did initially put me off for a while but do ask around on forums as to what works for others and email Beth and tell her what you’re in need of. You dont want to be spending £25+ on a nappy and it end up not being quite perfect but saying that you can always get extra boosters if needed I guess. I cant wait for our next one to arrive and maybe it’s a good thing that they’re shut for the rest of 2011 as otherwise I might be tempted to get some day nappies!
I bought the nappy mentioned in this post and did this review because I wanted to, no compensation was received for doing it.
Update 14th June 2011
The other custom one I ordered before LLS closed for the rest of the year arrived and I love it! I got a slightly different inner, more a heavier wetter so that it only needs 2 inserts rather then the 3 the other has. It’s totally gorgeous and works a treat, sometimes I sneak in an extra thin zorb booster if I know Chloe drunk a lot before bed, but I’ve never find Chloe with soaking wet skin in the morning, fantastic! The only problem now is that these are both mediums, I hope they last her until they re-open in 2012!! They took a while but are well worth it, gorgeous nappies!! Cant wait for next time to have fun picking which colours to have!