I’m not a Hippy

Hello Earth lovers.  And let’s face it; it really isn’t okay in this day and age to claim to not at least recycle your milk bottles!  The world is growing fast, and our footprint on it is getting larger.  I’m not sure about you, but every time I’m pregnant or have a new bub, it seems to hit me a little bit harder that I want this world to be a great place for them.

So, cloth nappies, what’s the deal?

My sister starting using them about five years ago.  When they were still about $40 a pop, and you had to learn the basic art of origami to prepare them to be pooped upon.   My opinion then?  Not for me.

When I had my first baby 3.5 years ago, there were a few mothers I came across in various groups I attended who had invested hundreds of dollars in  Modern Cloth Nappies (MCNs) because they were better for the environment.  Though one Mum admitted that it was her husband who wanted to use them.  Great, I thought to myself, have him scrub the baby poo out of them!

With a newborn, two units of Uni and two older children, cloth nappies were the last thing on my mind!

So, fast forward to the present day, and I have a six month old baby girl.  A friend of mine started using cloth nappies for her son about nine months ago, and I quickly noticed the cute designs, and the amount of money she was saving.  On top of that, she let me in on a secret…. They no longer cost $40 per nappy.  Yes the “Brand Name” ones do, but I purchased 10 nappies from a website in China, and I actually prefer them to the $40 kind.   Best of all, they were $6 each.

The major hurdle I overcame though was the definition of a “Cloth Nappy User”.   When I first encountered this kind of “Earth Mother” I thought they were crazy.  I also thought that if you used Cloth Nappies, you had to ONLY USE CLOTH NAPPIES.  Especially if you had invested so much money in them!  But really, who makes these definitions?  We need to stop defining each other!

A few Q and A’s

Do I need to learn the beautiful Japanese Art of Origami? Or the old fashioned Kite and Triangle nappy folding methods? No!

Do I use them full time?  Hell no!

Do I use them out of the house?  No, I have tried, but I find that a bit overwhelming as they have to be changed slightly more often than disposable nappies, and I carry around enough crap on a daily basis, without carrying around actual crap.

Don’t they leak overnight?  I have no idea, but probably.  Not even the hardcore advocates that I know use them overnight.

Won’t I spend my days elbow deep in poo?  Well, this is kind of up to your baby and their bowels.  My bubs are the “poop once a day” variety.  Yet this one seems to have a sixth sense for the cloth!  But you can put flushable liners in the nappies, or I just give them a rinse with hot water and a nailbrush.

What if I’m a bit disorganized and none are clean?  Use a disposable and move on!

Will I save money?  Tons!

 

So I still don’t classify myself as a “Cloth Nappy User” because I’m probably 50/50 with them.  But I do love that they are a bit gentler on bubs bits.  And I probably use about 25 to 30 cloth nappies a week, which is two loads of washing.   It’s also a medium pack of disposables and about $17 I can spend on something else.

 

The Brands – A quick review

m sure there are a plethora of MCNs but here are the few I have had personal experience with:

Tots Bots:These are a simple nappy as they have Velcro and are an “all in one”, however, I have found that as mine are second had, they have gotten a bit on the leaky side.   You’re looking at about $33 per nappy.

Alva Baby:  I love Alva Baby.  Mostly because they are about $6 each and they come in hundreds of colourful designs.  They have snap fasteners, but this also means they don’t Velcro themselves to other things.  They have an insert that has to be put in the nappy pouch, but this literally takes about 5 seconds.  They offer free express shipping if you spend over $49.

So, their website could be better, but you get what you pay for.  The nappies however are super absorbent!

Little Lamb Nappies:  While these are a beautifully constructed Nappy, I find that by the time you have put them on, plus the necessary water proof cover, they are very bulky.  It’s hard to get clothes on over the top.  And they take a long time to dry.

Again you’re looking at about $25-$30 and they’re from the UK.

Nifty Naps:  These are Australian made.  Around $33 and boast themselves as being the most “slimline” you can get in cloth nappies.  They’re beautifully made, but seem to have a lot of “inserts” to keep track of and put together before you are ready to go.

Rumparooz:  These are a similar design to the Alva Baby, but retails for about $26 (US).  I’ve had little issue with this nappy, but it does have small Velcro tabs which I find get stuck to things.  Can’t complain about the absorbency though

 

 

Outside of a Alva Baby nappy

 

Inside of a Alva Baby nappy

 

Insert of a Alva Baby nappy

 

So there you go.  Cloth Nappies in a nutshell.

You don’t have to be a hippy to use them, and you won’t be constantly washing.  I like the idea of going through a few less nappies each week and contributing a bit less to landfill.

 

Have you ever used cloth nappies? Why/why not? Let us know by leaving a comment.

This post is by Kirsty. You can learn a bit more about her here.

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