As soon as your baby arrives, your monthly shopping bill shoots through the roof as you begin paying for nappies. They're an essential part of parenting for a good couple of years or more - whether you choose disposable or reusable nappies, the cost makes an impact on your purse.
Here at Mother&Baby we're always trying to save you money, so we've researched nappy subscription packages to find out if they're really worth it.
Everything seems to come in a subscription box these days - from beauty products (yes please), to meal times, and even plants. So is it a good idea to sign up to nappy subscription boxes? We find out.
Pampers nappies really don't need much of an introduction. The brand has been protecting babies' bottoms with their disposable nappies for generations, and they've won lots of awards (check out our full review of Pampers Premium Protection Nappies here).
But did you know you can buy them through Amazon, and 'Subscribe and Save'?
Subscribing means a two-pack bundle of Size 1 nappies works out at 9p per nappy - £13.30 in total for 144 nappies - subscribing through Amazon saves you 5%.
Tested by mum Katie for the 2020 M&B Awards; she said: "They are very lightweight and not bulky which is great as they fit easily into the smallest of nappy bags. The wetness indicator is useful to see when the baby has done even the smallest of wees. It is very obvious when the baby has done a poo as the smell permeates immediately-useful or not useful depending on your point of view! My experience was the nappies held in everything required. But my baby didn’t fully ‘test it with a poosplosion' so I cant vouch for that!"
Kit & Kin nappies are sustainable, eco nappies made with plant-based materials and significantly fewer chemicals than the big brands. They protect your baby’s skin and are great for the environment. Plus, they have the cutest animal designs!
To buy individually, Kit & Kin eco nappies cost £8 per pack (that’s 40 nappies for the smallest size, or 26 nappies for the largest).
Sign up to a nappy subscription with Kit & Kin and save money – subscribing costs £29.96 for four packs, working out at £7.49 per pack. You can also upgrade your subscription to include wipes, and other products such as baby oil and lotion. When subscribing, the wipes cost £2 per pack (normally £2.50).
You can add more packs to your monthly bundle if four packs isn't enough. You can also choose how often your box arrives - from every three, four, five or six weeks.
There are other eco-friendly benefits to buying a subscription from Kit & Kin too - for every 10 subscriptions the company will fund the purchase of one acre of tropical rainforest through World Land Trust.
Plus, did you know, Kit & Kin was co-founded by Spice Girl Emma Bunton? She began the company when she struggled to find products that were gentle on her children's skin.
Kit & Kin Eco Nappies were Shortlisted in the 2019 M&B Awards Best Performance Disposable Nappy or Nappy Range category.
Tested by mum Claire for the 2019 M&B Awards; she said: "This is a fabulous product for those who are very conscious of their impact on the environment and a lot of parents would be prepared to pay the high price tag for the peace of mind that this product gives. I love the design on the back of the nappy."
If you want a nappy that’s super soft on your baby’s bum (don’t we all), then look no further than Mama Bamboo. The naturally derived bamboo material looks after delicate bottoms, reducing the chance of nappy rash or other irritations.
Bought individually, Mama Bamboo nappies cost £9.50 per pack (that’s 35 per pack for the smallest size, and 20 per pack for the largest).
You can save money either by buying bundles (eight packs cost £64 – that’s £8 per pack), but if you subscribe, the cost drops to £6.40 per pack (for a subscription of eight packs).
You can change the details whenever you wish – the nappy size, frequency, delivery dates, and even adding on wipes to buy too.
The packaging is also eco-friendly, made from a compostable blown film.
Mama Bamboo states: “In industrial or hot home compost, each nappy can decompose by up to 80% and the packaging can completely decompose.”
Mama Bamboo Eco Nappies won Gold in the 2020 M&B Awards for Best Performance Disposable Nappy or Nappy Range.
Tested by mum Sarah for the 2020 M&B Awards; she said: “The Mama Bamboo nappies are beautifully soft compared to other biodegradable nappies that I have tried. I really wasn’t expecting them to be so nice but they are made from bamboo and so are also naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial. I also noticed that because they were made from natural fibres, they were also more breathable and so better for my baby’s skin. We had an improvement in her nappy rash whilst wearing them. Disposing of them is easy too and I was gutted when they ran out.”
When mumpreneur Marlene Sandberg started Eco by Naty 20 years ago, she wanted to create the best, most natural and eco-friendly baby products possible.
They were Shortlisted in the 2019 M&B Awards for Best Performance Disposable Nappy or Nappy Range.
Tested by mum Rebecca for the 2019 M&B Awards; she said: “This brand has a simple design which reflects the vision of the brand perfectly. The nappies come in both traditional tab style nappies and pull-on pants from size 3 upwards which is great. Due to the material used the nappies were a little bulkier than normal but this can be forgiven since they are much better for the environment. The nappy is super soft and seemed to fit my son well and certainly managed to contain its contents.”
You can subscribe direct through the Naty website. A box of 100 nappies in Size 1 will cost you £24.99, working out at 25p per nappy – this is the same cost as if you bought one pack through Naty, so there’s no saving here.
However, we found you can buy Eco by Naty Nappies through Amazon on ‘Subscribe and Save’, and it will save you much more money.
Subscribing on Amazon for 100 nappies in Size 1 costs £16, working out at 16p per nappy. On Amazon, you can choose to have the delivery every one, two, three, four, five or six months.
Nappy subscriptions: Verdict
So, are nappy subscriptions worth it? There are definitely some savings to be made, and subscribing definitely saves you time and effort.
Make sure whichever subscription you sign up to is easy to alter - whether you want more nappies, or to get your deliveries more frequently - as we all know that babies can change their toileting habits at the drop of a hat. Especially if they're poorly, or when the weather heats up - so it's important to check that you can change details when you need to.
And always shop around - sometimes you can get much bigger savings if you shop on Amazon rather than direct with the brands, plus if you have Amazon Prime then that's another helpful step.
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