Before nappies came up in the “which essential baby items do we need” conversation, the husband and I had both independently assumed that we’d be using cloth nappies. After the initial research, it turns out things have moved on quite significantly from the nappies in the days of our parents. I also needed to be sure that it won’t be an unnecessary hassle to me, potential babysitters and nursery. So why did I take the plunge?
1. Save Money
Yes, there is the initial outlay which was daunting as I was about to venture into the unknown. With so many brands to choose from, I turned to the Nappy Lady for free personalised recommendations. I joined several selling Facebook groups where amazing bargains could be had as they had some. Ultimately, as I planned to use it for multiple children (God-willing), I saw it as an investment.
They come in all sorts of prints. Forget the towel squares and white waterproof covers. Name it, you can probably get it! From Harry Potter to Star Wars! So yes, the patterns won me over and his bum does look good in the summer!
3. Less Chemicals
Turns out a lot of chemicals go into disposables especially to make it so absorbent. Even the smell of an unused one is enough to make you question its components. Most cloth nappies tend to be made with natural materials like cotton, bamboo and hemp. I liked knowing what was going against my baby’s skin.
4. Better for the Environment
It’s a no-brainer than something that’s reusable is potentially better than its non-recyclable single-use counterpart. It could be argued that disposables use resources upfront in production while reusables use it during the repeated washes. Whatever your view, less in landfill has got to be a good thing.
5. Never Running Out
I am a worrier so having the option to wash and use when needed appealed to me! It’s like nappy on-tap haha
The Journey So Far
18 months in and I’m pleased to say that I’m still going strong. We’ve even found more reasons to use cloth like fortnightly bin collections and elimination communication. My husband is still game and even more reliable at changing them than disposables! The Grandparents and Nursery use them too.
However, I still use one disposable at night. It’s a habit that stuck from the feeding-every-2-hours stage as I found them easier to change when sleep deprived asleep!
As you can see above, it’s not all or nothing. Every cloth nappy you use potentially makes a big difference to the environment and hopefully your pocket. I started using them only at home when my baby was about 2 weeks old. As my confidence grew, I braved the great outdoors with them and even survived poonamis. Still interested? Find a cloth nappy library near you for some great advice on how to get started. Some councils offer cash/cashback incentives or free trials!
It turns out I have enough nappies to start a nappy library so I’m slowly reviewing them starting with the Grovia O.N.E.