It’s a day later this week due to it being Tia’s birthday yesterday and my post being dedicated to her. I hope you don’t mind
This week we have the very lovely Louisa with her cloth nappy story.
Hello welcome to cloth nappy diaries, can you introduce yourself please and tell us who you use cloth nappies on?
I’m Louisa, I live in the north of Scotland with my partner and our baby Sophie who just turned one year old, she’s been cloth bummed from 5 days old although for the first couple of weeks I used disposable nappies at night. I have since learnt that meconium doesn’t stain nappies so in hindsight I could have cloth bummed from birth.
When did you first hear about cloth nappies and how?
When I had my first daughter Alice who is now 22, I tried out mothercare’s shaped terry nappies but hadn’t realised they need a wrap over and obviously they leaked everywhere! When I became pregnant with my youngest I looked into it again and was astounded that there were things such as pockets and all in ones, and pretties, oh the pretties! I looked up my local nappy group (Moray Cloth Nappy Group) on facebook and went to a nappuccino and was hooked when they gave me a free incentive bucket filled with newborn nappies!
Why do you choose to use cloth nappies?
Primarily for money reasons, secondly because they are cute. Have to admit that the eco-ness of them didn’t really impact on me *blush*
Do you have a favourite nappy/brand which one?
That’s like asking me to pick my favourite child out of the three!!
My stash consists of a lot of ebay cheapies, Pop-ins, Bambino Mio Solo, prefolds/terries and wraps, a few pretty ones, and odd ones of others like Easy Fits, Bumgenius. My current top 3 are my Chaplin Flip, my cheapy moustache pocket and my terries have made a come back!
What do you find hardest about using cloth nappies?
Not buying all the nappies!!
Sometimes needing to size up clothing like leggings to accomodate big butt.
What is the best part about using cloth nappies for you?
They look awesome and I get lots of lovely comments from people. I love the big squishy butt!
Stuffing the nappies is therapeutic.
Can you give our readers your top three cloth nappy tips?
Buy and sell preloved – I have probably spent about £250 all told in the first year on mostly preloved nappies, and sold on what I didn’t like or what she outgrew for about £100. So £150 for approx 3 years of cloth nappying = totally bargainous!
Go to a Nappuccino/cloth library and hire some out before investing in your own (don’t invest in one brand only!)
Washing isn’t difficult or as time consuming as people may think – it takes me 5 mins to fill machine, 10 mins to hang it up, ten mins to put away. And no need for special washing stuff or fancy routines, just bung it on a fast cold rinse then a 40/60 wash with your chosen detergent (I used Bold at first and now use eco egg) and you’re done.
And finally, would you recommend cloth nappies?
Thanks Louise for agreeing to take part in the nappy diaries. I found myself nodding along and agreeing with most of it!
Do pop back next week when we’ll be back to our normal Wednesday post for the next instalment of the cloth nappy diaries.