Reusable Cloth Nappies
By Katie Atkinson from Gold Dust
Prior to having my little girl I hadn’t considered anything other than disposable nappies. If it wasn’t for having a newborn trial pack of reusable pop-in nappies, I probably wouldn’t have thought twice. But here we are, almost 9 months down the line and firmly using (and loving) reusable nappies. So here’s my top ten reasons you should give cloth a go:
It Saves Money
This is one of the biggest factors for me. The first few weeks we used countless packs of disposable nappies and they weren’t cheap. When you’re starting up with your cloth nappy stash, it is a bit pricey. But in the long run it will save you hundreds of pounds.
One Size Fits All
Most reusable nappies are birth to potty. Meaning they will fit your little one from around 8lbs, to the time they’re ready to ditch the nappy. They are easily adjustable with press studs to be made smaller or larger depending on the fit needed for your little one. They can even be boosted for overnight use or for heavy wetters.
Something for Everyone
We’ve tried lots of different types of nappies. All in ones, pop-ins, pocket nappies, Velcro, press stud fastenings and in so many different designs. There really is something for everyone.
Let’s face it. I’m pretty sure wearing a soft fabric around your bum has got to be more comfortable than the rougher feel of a disposable. Plus we’ve never had any nasty nappy rash.
Helping the Environment
I don’t want to preach disposable nappies and the environment but of course, they add to landfill. Cloth nappies last for years so we will be preventing hundreds of disposables from hitting the tip.
They Look Pretty
Cloth bums are super cute. I love the different designs we have and every one of them just looks adorable. This probably isn’t the soul reason to switch, but it’s certainly a perk.
I’ve spoken to lots of cloth bum Mamas and joined lots of communities on Facebook. It’s great to speak to like-minded people and a good way to find out new tips and make friends.
You Can Go Back to Basics
Disposable nappies are still a fairly modern phenomenon. Prior to this everyone used cloth nappies. If you want to go back to traditional ways, cloth nappies are exactly the way to do this. You can still pick up traditional Terry nappy squares and I’m pretty sure if you spoke to your older relatives they would tell you a thing or two about cloth bums.
They’re Becoming more Mainstream
Reusable nappies are becoming more and more accessible on the high street. Most supermarkets stock a handful of nappies and they’re really easy to find online. I’ve actually found picking up second hand nappies can be really great too. There are plenty of Facebook groups selling reusable nappies for a fraction of the price. This is a great way to try out different styles or brands before committing to a brand.
Believe it or not there are councils around the country that provide incentives to those that choose to use reusable nappies. This can be anything from a cash incentive or voucher, to free nappies or a starter pack. It’s definitely worth checking your local council website to find out if you’re entitled to any freebies.
I really hope this has given some food for thought and persuaded you to think twice about giving cloth a go. And if you are lucky enough to be able to claim an incentive, what have you got to loose. Be warned, nappy shopping is addictive!