So the kind folk over at Kit & Kin sent me a lovely box of their goodies to try out and review on the blog. If you haven't heard of Kit & Kin (one of the founders is none other than Emma Bunton aka Baby Spice!) they recently launched their new range of high performance eco nappies and skincare after being frustrated by the increase of harmful and unsustainable products on the market. They were inspired to create an eco-friendly brand that was both affordable and appealing to families. If Finlay Fox had a nappy range this is what they would look like! Of course they picked to send us the fox nappies but you can also pick from bears, pandas and tigers- cuteness overload.
OK cute fox bottoms aside (although reason alone to buy these!) I'm pleased to say the nappies are really good, they fitted well (please note Violet wears 4+ in Pampers and wore size 4 in Kit & Kin as they don't currently offer + sizes), with good absorbency and were ok to wear overnight and no leaks. They didn't have the chemical smell I find comes with Pampers (apparently they use less chemicals than other brands) and they are better for sensitive skin - so better for nappy rash and eczema. We tested out a pack of 34 nappies which costs £9.99 (or £7.49 if you use the subscription service which also offers free delivery) versus £6.00 for a Pampers pack of 44 nappies. OK so they are a bit more expensive but knowing almost every element of a Kit & Kin nappy – including its packaging – will biodegrade within 3 to 6 years versus up to 500 years for conventional nappies I think makes it worth while. I love that the subscription service means you can have nappies delivered direct to your door, also for every 10 subscriptions they will fund the purchase of one acre of tropical rainforest through World Land Trust. A vital eco system that provides clean air and life saving medicines.
We also tried out the Baby Bundle made up of Hair & Body Wash, Bubble Bath, Body Oil and Magic Salve (a bit of an all round saviour cream), all of which we loved and worked well on both Finn and Violet who both have sensitive skin. The packaging is really nice and not too 'baby' or 'eco brand' looking. These are reasonably priced at £7.99 - £8.99 and their bundles would also make a lovely gift for a new mum (as would a packet of the nappies). All the toiletries are natural and approved by dermatologists.
I can see why this brand will be successful as it has been clever in the way it entices the modern parent with their lovely packaging and cute animal printed bottoms! I'm a sucker for packaging and can't believe its taken until now for someone to come up with the animal motifs on the bum of nappies! Also as a parent we all feel guilty about nappies and nappy bags. We all want to feel like we are doing our bit for the environment however we often do continue to carry on regardless as we want what is cost effective and practical in our busy lives. It's really nice to discover a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option with Kit & Kin and I would like to continue using this brand to do 'my bit' and consider moving away from Pampers.
I really hope Kit & Kin are successful with their new venture (and we see them stocked in supermarkets), that this is the way forward with nappy brands and we begin to see other brands following suit.
I would love to see some of you trying out this new brand and let me know what you think?