Just a quick word on cloth nappies…I really wanted to love them…but I don’t.
At the start of this whole baby thing I decided that I would use cloth nappies…I thought both economically and environmentally it was the responsible thing to do. So I went to my local cloth nappy store…yes there is such a thing…and got the low down on cloth diapers. I had seen the all in one nappies and thought they seemed manageable in terms of washing and ease of use…I definitely wanted a cloth diaper my husband wouldn’t be afraid of. But then I encountered the first obstacle in my cloth nappy plan…I hadn’t realized that the all in one nappies aren’t the best for newborns because they don’t really start to fit properly until the baby is about three months old. I was not interested in the newborn nappies as they look exactly like the diapers I wore when I was a baby and required folding and fasteners and soaking and washing and I was also not interested in buying two sets of cloth nappies. So my revised plan was to use disposable diapers for the newborn stage and then switch to cloth when Baby C was big enough to fit into the all in one diapers.
So lately we have been experimenting with cloth nappies. And I must say if nothing else they are really cute. Especially now that it is warming up here in Brisbane and pants are no longer required…for babies anyway…I love seeing Baby C cruising around…well rolling and wiggling on the floor anyway…with a colorful tushie. But looks aren’t everything. And even though the washing isn’t so bad…I do a rinse cycle of just nappies and then throw in the rest of the laundry and do a full cycle…I am still not sold. The main drawback in my mind is that there is no give in the absorption time. I try to change Baby C’s disposable diapers every two and a half to three hours but I know if I can’t change it the diaper can handle a few more hours. Cloth nappies can’t. If I don’t change the cloth diaper by the two hour mark it leaks. And most often it seems that the diaper’s time runs out when Baby C is taking a nap. So a week or so into my cloth diaper trial I am sick of changing his outfit and changing his bedding every time I have to change his nappy…I am sick of doing all that laundry! The other drawback is how cheap Aldi disposable diapers are!
I am not sure what this means for our cloth nappy usage. I would like to think that we will persevere and in a week or two will be able to report cloth diaper success but we will see.
If anyone has any cloth nappy tips please feel free to leave them in the comments!