My Thoughts On Reuseable Nappies

When Lily was a few weeks old we were in that blissful window where you’re still getting paid 90% of your earnings. Hurrah!

I was greeted with a bumper pay packet before my SMP kicked in as I’d been given a bonus a few months before which was, luckily for us, the period that they used to calculate what the 90% would be! Jammy 😉

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You know all of those parenting rules you think you’re going to stick to at first?

Well, we had one of our own which was to put away all of Lily’s child benefit money – completely untouched – to build on her savings and leave her with a sizeable amount to get her off the ground one day.

“Ah you won’t be able to keep that up!” people said.

And, for once, ‘people’ were right. Jeez, babies can be expensive {and SMP is really bloody hard to survive on!}

But back when we thought we were still rich {and to Michael’s horror!} I splurged about £80 on cloth nappies and decided to make the switch. In my eyes, the initial payment would easily be covered, in just a few months, by the money we would save on disposables and it was. Good thinking batman!

Luckily, Michael quickly came round to the idea and a few weeks later he was singing their praises. I think it’s his Yorkshire blood, if he can save a few quid then it’s all good 😉

Cloth Nappy - Goodbye Disposable Hello Cloth

Whilst I might of played the ‘money card’ to win him over, my main reason for switching was to avoid sending hundreds, heck maybe even thousands, of smelly poo-catchers to the landfill where they’d sit for god knows how long until they finally decomposed. And by that, we’re talking hundreds of years. So, if Queen Victoria had used disposables on her kids, they’d probably still be hanging around somewhere. Wouldn’t that fit very nicely in to a Horrible Histories book? Yuck!

But listen, I’m no saint when it comes to this.

We all know that I’m a bit of an eco-warrior/hippy.

I get annoyed when people forget to recycle, we own more second-hand stuff than brand new, I try not to buy anything that isn’t cruelty-free and I managed to convince my beast of a boyfriend to give up his buffalo wings for broccoli and quorn but guess what?

(a) Like most of us. I adore it when things are brand new. I love the pretty, unopened packaging. I get excited about how shiny and sparkly ‘new’ things are. I like how they’re ‘just mine’ – for now, anyway.

(b) I ate KFC last week. I wonder how ‘vegetarian’ their 3-piece variety meal is?

(c) Lily is currently rocking a pair of ‘little ones’ pull-up pants {which I absolutely must bin when she’s finished with them because, ooops, they’re not reuseable!}

Yes, Mummy has been behind with the washing and whilst the sunshine drys our beautifully-colourful nappy stash {another benefit of cloth bums, they’re bloody adorable and buying them *can* become an addiction – but I wouldn’t know anything about that…} Lily is running around in a ‘normal’ nappy.

I’m not going to stress about it though. I know that even swapping a few nappies per day for reuseables is a big start in helping to reduce the amount of waste we produce as a family.

Cloth Nappy Stash 1

I’m told that the money I save by using cloth nappies I’m spending on extra wash loads and tumble drying but if I wash on an eco-cycle and leave them to dry naturally on the airer or washing line I’m actually spending less than 50p a week on laundering them. The average pack of nappies costs £4.00 and lasts just a few days.

I honestly don’t get what all of the fuss is about when it comes to cloth nappies. I find them really easy to use, clean and generally ‘deal with’ on a day-to-day basis. They’re just like usual nappies but you shove them in the washing machine and use them again! What’s so hard about that?

Yes, it might take you 30 seconds to put the nappy together before you use it {depending on which type you have to hand} but if you’re anything like me you’ll do this in front of the TV in the evening so they’re all ready the next day. Easy peasy 🙂

Cloth Nappy Stash 2

If we’re lucky enough to have more children then I won’t even need to think about buying more nappies as I’ve already paid for our stash. They’ll be nicely boxed up in the loft and after a good long wash they’ll be ready to use again.

All of the nappies we have are ‘birth to potty’ so, in theory, I could have Lily wearing one nappy whilst her little brother/sister wears another. All from the same stash.

And, best of all, there’s no doubt in my mind that Lily prefers wearing them.

They’re so soft and cosy, completely chemical-free and much nicer to her soft baby bottom.

Lily In Her Rainbow Wonderoos Cloth Nappy

So, when they’re dry {bugger, the sun’s gone in!} I’ll be popping another cloth nappy on our baby girl and we’ll carry on with our day but now you know why we love these so-called ‘old-fashioned, unhygienic, stinky nappies’ and why they’re nothing at all like you might think.

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22 Comments

  1. March 26, 2016 / 11:31 PM

    I think it’s fab that you’ve gone for the reusable nappies! We wanted to do it but never got round to buying them. We’re just plain lazy!!
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    • March 27, 2016 / 10:07 AM

      Oh no I think it’s just the initial cost isn’t it? I wanted to buy them earlier but kept on putting it off because I was worried about paying so much straight away but it was worth it in the end by a long shot! 🙂
      X X

  2. March 27, 2016 / 11:37 AM

    I have never even considered cloth nappies, thinking they were gross and stinky! But this post has really made me think about trying them. The only thing is if you have there is a big one and you have to scrape first! Xx
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    • March 27, 2016 / 1:09 PM

      Ah I’m glad, I hope you get on well with them if you do end up giving them a go!
      I’ve actually NEVER had to scrape a nappy. You can buy either reuseable liners or disposable liners and with the latter, they catch everything and you just throw them away.
      If you need any advice about getting started please just drop me an email and I’ll do what I can to help 🙂
      X X

  3. March 27, 2016 / 8:31 PM

    I really wish we had spent more time (and money) looking into reusable nappies. If we ever have a second child I will definitely think about using them as I really like the idea of them.x
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    • March 27, 2016 / 9:35 PM

      Ah that’s great, it’s still not considered ‘mainstream’ unfortunately and I don’t think there’s a lot of information ‘out there’ about cloth nappies when there really should be X

  4. March 28, 2016 / 11:01 PM

    I had never considered cloth nappies because of the thought of washing poo off, but I just read your comment about disposable liners. Might actually look into it then! They are so colourful too 😀 xx

    • March 28, 2016 / 11:44 PM

      Just flush them away without a second thought! 🙂
      I know, I adore bright, colourful things so I love seeing Lily in her cloth nappies X

  5. March 29, 2016 / 8:57 AM

    You ate a KFC?! But youre my veganuary buddy haha! We use cloth nappies too, love them but Ian hates them so we have sposies too otherwise he’d never change a nappy 😉 I actually just sold off all the ones I had for Noah and made about half my money back on them. I bought all different ones for Jude as I just can’t resist them x
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    • April 15, 2016 / 9:52 PM

      I know, I know *hangs head in shame* 🙁
      Haha bless him, fair enough! Mike needed some convincing too but I eventually managed to talk him round.
      I don’t blame you, there’s so many awesome prints at the moment, I wish I could buy them all for Lily!
      X X

    • April 5, 2016 / 12:04 AM

      We love them, are you thinking about them for baby #2? Not long now! X

  6. March 30, 2016 / 8:16 AM

    This post is such perfect timing. I am seriously thinking that I would like to cloth bum Little Mister H when he arrives in July. But I am really scared, as it all looks quite daunting. I know people who cloth bum swear by it. But it is making the decision. Plus, I have a very cynical husband and I am not sure that I will be able to convince him that easily. They do look gorgeous in that drawer next to each other. Hugs Lucy xxxx
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    • April 15, 2016 / 10:00 PM

      It’s so easy, I would highly recommend giving it a go! Some local authorities have trial schemes and Baba + Boo offer a trial nappy as well which you can return if you’re not a fan.
      It’s the same as disposables you just don’t throw them away and wash them instead. I found it quite overwhelming to begin with as well so I’ve stuck to mostly ‘all-in-ones’ which are practically the same as disposables with pocket boosters that you pop in.
      If you end up trying them or if you want any help just let me know lovely!
      X X

  7. March 30, 2016 / 10:42 AM

    I love reusables. I tried to use them with mine but due to two house moves, PND, a marriage break up and a washing machine that was temperamental they REALLY didn’t fit in with life! I hope if I have another I get to use them properly though x

    • April 15, 2016 / 9:46 PM

      Oh my goodness, I’m not surprised you definitely had a LOT going on. My life is certainly less uneventful and I end up forgetting to wash them sometimes etc.
      X X

  8. March 30, 2016 / 9:46 PM

    I loved cloth nappies with my middle daughter. But they seemed to leak so often as she grew. I loved all the colours and designs.

    • April 5, 2016 / 12:01 AM

      Oh that’s a pain but I agree, I’ve found this with Lily a few times aswell with certain brands of nappy. I managed to buy some charcoal boosters which were much more absorbent and I changed up my washing cycle to add extra rinses which helped them to keep their absorbency levels high.
      The colours and designs are beautiful, I love seeing them hanging to dry on the line 🙂 X

  9. April 22, 2016 / 8:01 AM

    We love our cloth bums and have used them since the birth of my little boy… and yes some people find buying them addictive but if you are sensible they cab be far cheaper. We reckon we broke even after about 6-8 months use. They’ve been used for 2 1/2 years all the time and now just night time, and his little sister has been using the same ones for 11 months and they are still going strong… we must have saved a fortune! Plus nice to know we’ve only contributed about 10 disposable nappies at most to landfill in all that time
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    • April 24, 2016 / 11:06 PM

      I agree, it might be addictive but you don’t have to act on it! I wish I could buy all of the prints I’d like to for Lily but it’s simply not cost-effective and I can’t justify it!
      It’s definitely worth it isn’t it? Especially if you re-use them for other children which is what we plan to do as well 🙂 X

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