When I was pregnant, I was sure that once I became a mother, I would use cloth nappies…better for the environment, better for my wallet, better for my baby.
I also was sure that my child wouldn’t eat sugar and wouldn’t watch TV.
As it turned out, I only dabble in cloth nappies.
And my child eats sugar and watches TV.
I have never used cloth nappies during the newborn stage.
I think the first time around I figured that I would get used to having a baby first and then would tackle using cloth nappies.
And the second time around, I just did the same thing I did the first time around!
But that is just me.
I certainly know people who have used cloth nappies right from the start, reasoning that if they are learning how to change a diaper, they might as well learn how to change a cloth diaper rather than starting with disposables and then having to adjust to cloth.
I always use disposable diapers at night.
I like my sleep.
And through trial and error, I have determined that Huggies never leak. So while my children might wake because they are hungry, they need a drink of water, or they have had a bad dream, they never wake because of a leaking nappy.
Although last time I spoke to Elizabeth at Nest Nappies, she encouraged me to try cloth nappies at night…she went so far as to say I would still sleep so I might investigate using cloth diapers over night. Elizabeth, if I get woken up, you owe me a coffee!
While some may say I am not fully committed to cloth nappies, I do use them.
I maintain that using cloth nappies only some of the time still helps the environment and still makes economical sense…plus I am sure the bamboo inserts feel good on my baby’s bottom and the shells definitely make her bottom look cute!
I think what holds most people back from using cloth nappies is the poo.
What do you do with the poo?
Unfortunately dealing with your child’s poo is simply a part of being a mother…one of the many glamourous jobs that come with the territory.
Cloth nappies make handling the poo neither better nor worse than disposable nappies.
Poo is poo and when you are changing multiple diapers every day you don’t really think about it…let’s just say the day your child is potty trained is a good one.
I use a flushable bamboo liner…I simply drop it in the toilet and flush.
I don’t usually rinse the nappy and I don’t soak it.
I put it in a wet bag in the bathroom and when I have a few, I launder them.
I put the nappies in my top loader, run a cold rinse cycle, add enough other dirty laundry to fill the machine, and then run a normal cold wash using whatever eco detergent happens to be on special at Woolies.
I generally line dry the nappies but we do have a drier and if I need to, I will dry the inserts.
No matter what stage of mothering you are at, if you are thinking of trying cloth nappies, I would say go for it.
But I would also say make sure you get good advice.
Entering the world of cloth nappies can be intimidating…there are so many options and to understand them all you need someone to interpret the cloth nappy language for you.
I would highly recommend speaking to Elizabeth at Nest Nappies*. She is a cloth nappy expert (really a mothering guru) and can tell you absolutely everything that you need to know.
If you provide her with a few details about why you want to use cloth nappies and about your lifestyle, she will point you in the right direction.
Elizabeth recently introduced me to the Close Parent Pop In*.
I don’t want to get too technical and start speaking cloth nappy talk but, because it has two inserts, a soaker and a booster, it is really absorbent…and when it comes to nappies, that is what you want!
And if you are worried about the cost, buying a few cloth nappies and then not using them, there are quite a few Facebook groups where you can sell your nappies for very close to their purchase price. But I think you will find that cloth nappies end up being good value.
I do understand that cloth nappies seem daunting…there is the initial expense, learning a new set of nappy terms, and of course the poo.
And for some reason it does seem like you have to use all cloth or all disposable. But I am here to tell you that you can sometimes use cloth and sometimes use disposable.
I think that it is possible to incorporate cloth nappies into just about any lifestyle.
You can start slow and, as you gain confidence in how to use them, transition to using more cloth than disposable.
Or think about using a cloth swim nappy*.
I am trying reusable wipes* for the first time…something I thought I would never do as it seemed like reusable wipes would be the straw that broke this mother’s back but so far they are proving very manageable.
I think if you try cloth nappies, you might just become a cloth convert!
Do you use cloth nappies?
What is your routine?
Any advice for readers that are curious about using cloth nappies?
*The Pop In, swim nappy, and reusable wipes were gifted to me by Close Parent and Nest Nappies.
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