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Real Nappy Week 2018 – How Is The Reusable Life?

The first Real Nappy Week I celebrated was in April 2016. I made a slow transition with Aoife starting when she was 3 months old and only using cloth at home and in the daytime. We soon managed to switch to full time cloth by the time she was 9 months. Now Aoife is potty trained, Cassius is my only one in nappies so thankfully I’m back to washing nappies every other day!

My intentions with Cassius was to cloth bum right from the start but unfortunately due to his size and being 6 weeks early it was a couple of weeks before I could get the newborn nappies to fit without leaking! Now he is fully cloth bummed although I am yet to make the transition to using cloth wipes full time! The majority of my nappy stash are ones that I used with Aoife! How awesome is that!

My current stash is made up of a number of brands; Bambino Mio, Tots Bots, Little Lamb, Tickle Tots and Milovia to name a few!

I love using cloth and couldn’t imagine using disposable nappies! My favourite thing about reusables (besides the amazing prints!) is the fact I never run out and don’t have to remember to pick up nappies from with the weekly shop!

Here are some quick top tips if you are new to cloth!

  1. When you are just starting out it is a good idea to look out for a local nappy library. Most cities/counties have one, these are an excellent place to get a feel of what make is suitable for you and your baby/toddler.
  2. Take out a trial kit from your local nappy library, for these you normally pay a deposit and borrow for a certain amount of time.
  3. Try (or buy) a couple of different brands (there is a minefield to choose from) of nappies and wraps. Try them out and stock up on your favourites. If starting from newborn get a few newborn nappies and then try out birth to potty (these tend to fit from around 3 months). Both of my babies have been small at birth and fit in btp by the time they were 3 months old.
  4. Wet bags are a good investment, as opposed to buying a bin. Fill the bag with the used nappies and turn it inside out straight into washing machine. Then chuck the bag in with them. This way you don’t have to handle the messy nappies.
  5. Reusable wipes are another way to clean your child’s bottom and save waste. They are easy enough to use and can go straight in the wash with your nappies.
  6. When washing your nappies it is best to use a powder detergent, using liquid and gel forms seems to clog up the fibres in the inserts.
  7. As soon as they are dry, make up the nappies before putting them away with the liners already positioned ready for when you need them. I should really listen to my own advice here haha!
  8. Fleece liners (or disposable liners) go in the nappies to create a layer between baby’s bottom and nappy, protecting their bottoms from wetness.
  9. Hang nappies out on the line to dry after washing, even in the rain. The rain softens the nappies and sunshine is magic at getting out soiled stains.

Thank you for taking the time to read, and if you are considering cloth bumming I hope this advice helps. Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions!

Siobhan x

Surrey Mama

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13 thoughts on “Real Nappy Week 2018 – How Is The Reusable Life?

  1. I always liked the look of cloth nappies (those prints are indeed brilliant!) but there were a few things I didn’t like the sound of…. The bin thing that you can was too and not handle the nappies is a great idea. That put me off. I love the idea of hanging them outside whatever the weather, it makes so much sense that mother nature is the best accompaniment here.
    Thank you for joining #ThursdayTeam

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  2. I always love the look of cloth nappies – the prints are just so cute! It seems to have become much more common in recent years, and the idea of a library to trial them out before making the investment is great. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  3. It is very uncommon to use cloth nappies in the states. There are no libraries and very few resources around. Most day cares here refuse to use cloth. It sounds like a bit of work, but a ton of savings and much less wasteful! I’m envious of it’s popularity in other parts of the world!
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  4. Great tips, cloth nappies sounds like a great alternative to limit how much waste you have x

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  5. I love the cute designs! I’ve never used cloth nappies, but I must say I am still on the fence, I use disposable. I’m not sure how I feel about having to clean the poo from the nappy…it seems like a lot more work also.? Just my thoughts!

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    1. I literally but the whole lot straight in the washing machine. No need to worry about poo with newborns. As Aoife got older I used disposable liners so just used to back up the liner and chuck the nappy in the wash!

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