It’s real nappy week again! I say “again” because it was around this time last year that we switched to using cloth nappies for the girls. Since then we have potty trained Amelia and we’re in the process of potty training Lilly – so it’s pretty much time for us to say goodbye to cloth!
We made the switch last year (2018) shortly after we moved house and we had a sudden realisation of how much plastic waste we were, and had been creating with the girls in disposable nappies.
I bet you’re asking why didn’t we switch sooner? Well, shamefully I was a naive mummy-to-be that listened when my nan told me that reusable nappies were so much hard work and weren’t the nicest or easiest to clean and that “we should be thankful” to have disposable nappies now. I wish I had done my research there and then because I found cloth nappies to not only be more comfortable for the girls, but to be far less of a faff than anyone had “warned” me!
So why make the switch?
Cloth nappies are cheaper in the long run
Although there is a higher initial start-up cost with reusable nappies, it is estimated that based on an average of three years worth of nappies (birth to potty training) there will be approximately 6500 nappy changes, times that by the average pack of own brand nappies costing around £5 for 30nappies (give or take).
If my maths is correct (or just about right) I’ve worked out that the average overall cost for own brand disposable nappies is around £1080
Compared to the average overall cost for reusable nappies being around £400, that’s over a £600 saving!
Of course my math all depends on the costs of different brands, supermarkets and quantity of nappies purchased and used, but you get my point!
They look so much nicer and I’m sure they’re much more comfier too
Of course patterned nappies will always look so much prettier than boring disposables. During the short time the girls used them, we found that Lilly didn’t end up with those creases from cloth nappies, like she did wearing disposables.
Amelia would also feel and recognise when she needed changing, which I really think was such a help for her to transition to using the potty.
Washing and drying the nappies isn’t as bad as I thought
I really thought I’d find it disgusting to scrape poop off fabric and into the toilet, but it wasn’t as icky as it sounds! Washing them took a little while, just because they needed a longer wash than everything else (around 2-3 hours) and drying did take a little longer too. But once you get the hang of your washing and drying “routine” it gets far easier as you know what’s what.
The brands we preferred were: Totsbots and Baminbo Mio for daytime and Little Lamb for overnight nappies. We did also have a few “non-branded” cloth nappies and we also purchased some second hand from Facebook groups and eBay.
Do you use cloth nappies? Or would you consider it?