Little Lamb is a company in Scotland (I think the nappies are made in Turkey) and are one of the best value for money cloth nappies on the market. They have three different materials available; microfibre, cotton and bamboo. They also do organic versions of the cotton. I own nappies in the super soft microfibre and absorbent cotton fabrics.
Little Lamb shaped nappies are a two part nappy. This means you need to purchase a separate outer waterproof wrap. Little Lambs sell wraps but I use the Motherease brand wraps which come very highly recommended to keep in leaks. Little Lamb also makes a pocket nappy but I have read that they only last one child (but they are extremely good value for money compared to other brands).
The two part nappies also come in sizes. Size 1 fits 7-18lbs, size 2 fits 18-35lbs, and size 3 is 35lbs+ which means you do need to buy a second set of nappies when baby gets bigger. However, Little Lamb nappies are thankfully cheaper than most brands but still decent quality. RRP for the cotton nappy is £9 but you can find deals of 5 nappies for £25 online. Each nappy you buy also comes with a fleece liner and a booster in the same fabric.
Little Lamb nappies are pretty bulky even without the wrap on top. I currently only own the size 1 nappies. Emery is a small baby and I feel like these only just fit him. I’m not sure how these would fit on a chunky baby. This also means that clothing doesn’t fit very well over them.
I have the microfibre fabric for daytime use and cotton for night time. I can leave the cotton nappy on overnight without changing so they are definitely absorbent. I’m just not sure I like that?! The whole nappy soaks up the urine so it feels very wet when you go to change baby. It just feels a bit gross when you have to take the nappy off and I’m sure it makes the wrap smell. I haven’t used any other two part nappies so it’s probably the same across all brands so more likely it’s me not being used to it.
Washing is easy as long as you remember to fold down the velcro tabs so they don’t all get stuck to each other! Microfibre dries quickest, followed by cotton and the bamboo dries the slowest (and it can be incredibly slow if you don’t have the optimal conditions). Microfibre nappies are fine to use during the day but you will need one of the other two fabrics for night time use. Microfibre needs to be changed fairly often as it isn’t as absorbent as cotton or bamboo. All the nappies come with a booster to create an extra absorbing layer.
Overall I think Little Lamb nappies are a good set to start with if your cloth nappy budget is small. Start with the size 2 as the fit is quite small and can be used in the early weeks. You need to buy separate wraps so bear that in mind when setting your budget. These are usually sized too. Luckily you can sell your first set after you purchase the next size up to win back a few pennies. I’d suggest getting fifteen nappies for daytime use and three to five for night time use. Obviously it depends on how often you plan to do a wash.