We’ve been using cloth nappies since Isaac was 5 weeks old. We planned to use them when I was pregnant but I’ll admit that I was a little intimidated at first. There are so many different brands and extra bits you can get for them, it all seemed very confusing.
Using cloth has been one of the best parenting decisions we’ve made though! In this post I’ll run through what we use, how much we’ve spent and the advantages that we’ve found.
What we use to cloth nappy:
About 20 nappies of a few different brands
My favourite are the Little Lamb pocket nappies with bamboo inserts; the poppers mean they’ll fit for a long time and because they’re pocket nappies you can put as many inserts in as you like. We normally put two bamboo inserts in a nappy, they’re very soft and absorbent.
We have a few inserts from nappies that don’t fit Isaac any more which we can use with these nappies as well because you just slide them into the pocket. We have to wash them every 2-3 days.
A nappy bucket with a drawstring sack inside
Put the nappies in the bucket, put the lid on, when the bucket is full pull the drawstring and throw the whole sack in the wash. Done.
Non bio washing powder or an ego egg
As mentioned on my baby on a budget post on Tumblr.
Something to dry the nappies on
If it’s summer, dry them outside in the sun. The sun bleaches the stains out of them. In the winter we dry them next to the radiator.
Essential oil (optional)
This makes the nappies smell nicer when you wash them, especially if you’re using an ego egg.
Disposable nappy liners (optional)
We used them when Isaac was newborn and pooing all the time but since he’s hasn’t been pooing as much we haven’t bothered. We just use loo roll to get most of it off before it goes in the wash. You can get reusable wipes as well but we haven’t bothered with those. We bought a load of baby wipes in bulk when I was pregnant instead.
The advantages of using cloth nappies
We’ve saved a lot of money in the long run
This was the main reason why we decided to use them. We’ve spent about £150 on nappies so far. If we were using disposables we would be spending over £1300 on nappies all together. So we’ve saved a significant amount and we won’t have to spend anything on nappies when we have another baby!
They’re better for the environment
Yes, you use water and energy to wash them but disposable nappies take up a lot of landfill space and take a very long time to break down. If you don’t feel like cloth is for you and you have enough money, you can always buy biodegradable disposable nappies.
No nappy rash!
Isaac has never had nappy rash since switching to cloth. There isn’t any chemicals in cloth nappies and they’re a lot softer on your little one’s bum. -They look a lot prettier than disposables. It’s nice in the summer when they can just chill in their nappy and still look good.
It’s not that much of a big deal though, it takes seconds to put them in the washing machine and 5 mins to hang them up.
Although, if it’s your first child, I would recommend disposables for the first month or so. Everything is just a crazy, anxious blur, you don’t need anything more to worry about.
You have to pay an upfront cost
However, there are council incentives to help with this!
This post was originally published on Ellie’s fabulous blog: youngmotherslife.tumblr.com. Follow her for more advice!