At Fancypants we have spent a lot of time designing and refining our nappies to create, what we believe, to be the best cloth nappies in the South African market. We have tested and re-tested our colourful cloth nappies in all sorts of conditions and on many different babies and toddlers to ensure that they can fit all sorts of shapes and sizes.
It all began when, as two first time mothers, we quickly became aware of the fact that many of the things we had used in the past (such as chemicals in household cleaning products, body lotions, non-organic foods, etc.) had harmful components in them that were not suitable for our precious little ones. And disposable nappies were no exception. So began our journey of trying to find the best products for our babies, including finding a suitable real nappy. After much searching and trialing and not being able to find a re-usable cloth nappy that was environmentally friendly; yet affordable, highly absorbent; yet not too bulky, safe for baby’s skin; yet easy enough for dads to use, really cute and fun to wear; yet easy to wash………we decided to make our own. Thus, Fancypants was born!
Have a look at some of the reasons why our Fancypants nappies are so great:
Fancypants reusable cloth nappies are made, where possible, with natural materials. All our nappies have a soft stylish waterproof outer. Our Originals Pocket nappies are lined with a plush 70% bamboo/30% organic cotton material and each nappy comes with two highly absorbent Microfibre OR bamboo/cotton inserts. Our Hemp Fitted Nappy is 100% natural made from a Hemp/Cotton blend and is ultra absorbent so perfect for night time use. Our Newborn, AIO and Basics ranges are all lined with a ‘stay-dry’ suede-cloth or Microfleece to keep baby’s bum extra dry. Unlike disposables, Fancypants nappies contain no harmful absorbency chemicals just material! This means they are comfortable AND healthy for your baby. Make no mistake – the material against your baby’s skin 24 hours a day matters. Make sure it’s quality. See our Nappy Comparison Chart below for more details:
Our Fancypants diapers are one-size which means more savings for you. You only need to buy one size reusable cloth nappy from birth to potty training, not two or three different sizes depending on baby’s weight. Our real nappies have adjusting snaps along the waist and along the legs to grow with your baby.
The following analysis of the cost of disposable nappies assumes your baby will potty train at two years old (a conservative estimate, if potty training is delayed your savings would increase even more). The price per nappy is based on the average cost of the two leading brands of disposable nappies.
|Disposable Nappy Cost Calculation|
|Size||Time in size||Changes / day||# of nappies||Average cost||Total cost|
|1||12 weeks||12||1 008||R2.36||R2 379|
|2||12 weeks||10||840||R2.50||R2 100|
|3||12 weeks||8||672||R2.77||R1 861|
|4||16 weeks||6||672||R3.37||R2 265|
|5||24 weeks||6||1 008||R3.91||R3 941|
|6||28 weeks||6||1 176||R4.22||R4 963|
|Total Cost||R17 509|
If you purchase 20 reusable nappies you would save over R10,000!
Fancypants have been designed with moms and dads (and grandmas and caretakers) in mind. Simply stuff the insert inside the pocket of the nappy or fold the flaps flat in the nappy, place under baby’s bum and fasten it along the waist, similar to the way you would fasten a disposable diaper. The all in one design means no folding, no pinning, no covers, nothing!
Our reusable cloth nappies come in 9 fancy colours and lots of different patterns. We know how fun it is to dress our little ones in cute clothes and nappies should be no exception!
Anyone who has used a reusable cloth nappy will tell you that they can be bulky. We’ve experienced it ourselves and have created nappies that are not only super absorbent and soft, but slim enough that your baby can still fit into their pants.
Fancypants are designed for durability. Our nappies have strong durable snaps that will withstand constant use. They are also designed for lots of washing (after all they are for baby’s bottoms) and can be line or tumble dried on a low heat setting. We also offer a 1 year warranty on our nappies. We are a local company, we care about our customers’ satisfaction and we stand behind our brand!
We’ve made washing Fancypants nappies incredibly easy. Simply remove baby’s soiled nappy, discard the liner and toss the dirty nappy into a dry bucket with a lid. When it’s laundry time, dump the contents of the bucket into the washing machine and relax because here comes the fancy part – the inserts in our pocket range of nappies agitate out of the pocket during the washing cycle so no need for you to remove them in advance and touch anything dirty! You may not appreciate that now, but once you start washing your nappies you’ll understand why this concept is so ingenious!
So, if you’re considering using cloth nappies, you’re on the right track. Check out these other reasons why you’ll never go back to disposable nappies:
Disposable nappies are consuming our landfills. Each child in disposable nappies produces approximately 2 tons of non-biodegradable waste in the 2.5 years they are in nappies. This figure rises significantly with the current trend towards delayed potty training. Re-usable cloth nappies are an easy way for you and your family to reduce your carbon footprint, one nappy at a time. Cloth nappy users can further reduce their environmental impact by:
- Line or air drying wherever possible and avoid using the tumble dryer
- Not washing above 40°C (Fancypants nappies only need to be washed at 40°C anyway)
- Reusing nappies on other children
- Making sure your washing machine has an A rating for energy efficiency.
- If your machine does not adjust the water volume to the weight of the load automatically, then always wash a full load.
- Towels and other items of clothes can be added to make a full load.
- If using liners – choosing natural Bamboo liners that biodegrade
- Using flushable, biodegradable wipes
- Using environmentally friendly cleaning agents/detergents free of harmful chemicals.
- We recommend using our Soapnuts – a completely natural AND economical detergent alternative
- Selling or passing on your nappies when you are finished with them
We’ve all heard that disposable nappies can be harmful, but how so? The Guide to Less Toxic Products from the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia gives a simple summary:
“Disposable nappies consist of a plastic exterior, an inner super-absorbent layer treated with chemicals, and a liner. One commonly used absorbent chemical, sodium polyacrylate, can trigger allergic reactions. Disposable nappies may also contain dyes and dioxin, a carcinogenic by-product of the chlorine bleaching process.
A study conducted by Anderson Laboratories in 1999 and published in the Archives of Environmental Health found that disposable nappies release volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), including toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and dipentene. All of these VOCs have been shown to have toxic health effects, such as cancer and brain damage, with long-term or high level exposure.”
Wouldn’t you rather wear underwear made from natural, soft bamboo/cotton than underwear made from paper, wood pulp and plastic?
So, the fact that you’re here at our lovely website means you are concerned about what is best for your family and also what is best for our amazing planet earth. It may be too much to ask you to save the planet on your own, but you can make a difference – One.Nappy.At.A.Time. Your baby will thank you, your wallet will thank you and our planet will thank you too!