Reusables – easy, peasy, lemon squeazy!



I wouldn’t know where to begin with cloth nappies – a phrase heard all too often when discussing reusables with non users. So let’s talk modern cloth nappies and actually how easy they are to use.

Myth No.4 – cloth nappies are complicated

I first have to admit that when I first looked into using cloth nappies I did find it a little bit daunting. There were so many different types and brands. I however was convinced that reusables were the way forward for us and so instead of being put off, it just meant that a bit of research was necessary before our adventure began. In order to help those who do not enjoy spending hours on the Internet looking at cloth nappies (I can’t understand it but I have been told that there are such people) I have decided to put together a small guide to a few of the different nappy types.

All in one



All in one nappies are the closest to disposables. They have a waterproof outer layer and an absorbent layer sewn in. They can come in birth to potty or sized from small to large. They are designed to be extremely simple – just add a liner if required and put the nappy on your child. Simple. There are a few drawbacks however to all in one nappies. Some people find that they have moderate absorbency as not all brands allow for additional boosting if needed. They also only have one layer against leaks (I have never really found that a problem) and so some people find them slightly less reliable than a nappy with separate wrap. Finally the whole nappy needs to be washed each time. Some examples of all in one nappies are bumgenius freetimes and elementals and blueberry basix. Some nappies such as tots bots easyfit and bambino mio miosolos are sold as all in ones but I actually find them to be a cross between an all in one and a pocket nappy as the absorbent soaker is seen in at one end but still needs to be stuffed into a pocket. These have the advantage of being able to boost with extra layers if necessary.

All in twos

All in two nappies have a waterproof outer wrap with the absorbent layer usually fixed in with snaps. This makes it easy to take apart to wash (and decreases drying time) but also means, depending on the brand, that you could reuse the outer wrap at some nappy changes by just changing the absorbent layer. Some brands make disposable inserts – perfect for holidays. Again though they often only have a one layer barrier against leaks. Some all in two nappies include Close pop ins and Grobia hybrids.

Pocket nappies



Pocket nappies are just that, nappies with a pocket. The waterproof outer has a pocket into which the absorbent layer is stuffed. These have the advantage that they can be boosted as much or as little as necessary. Just like all in ones the whole nappy needs to be changed each time although the separate boosters mean that drying time is reduced. There are a lot of different brands making pocket nappies. Bumgenius V4’s are a popular branded nappy but a lot of the so called Internet cheapies are pocket nappies.

Two part systems



These are usually a fitted nappy (bamboo or cotton) with a waterproof wrap over the top. These nappies are especially good for night as the whole nappy is absorbent. Also the fact that they have the two parts makes them excellent at containing leaks. They can be bulky though which is why a lot of people prefer to only use them at night. Tots bots bamboozles and little lamb are a couple of examples of 2 part systems.

So there you have it. My very basic guide to modern cloth nappies. I’m sure that I have missed things out and maybe not quite explained things as well as I could have but it is a start if you are new to the world of cloth.

Do you have anything further that you could add?

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Terrible Twos – my baby must be advanced!



So the ‘terrible twos’ seem to have started early in our household. Baby boy seems to have had a personality transplant. He has always been a bit cantankerous (my sister calls him cranky pants) but for a few weeks now he has become down right awful!

A few of the lovely new developments we have noticed are:

  • Hitting – baby boy likes to hit out when he is unhappy or told not to do something. He then thinks that it is the funniest thing in the world to repeatedly hit mummy (not daddy interestingly!)
  • Tantrums – having his nappy changed, getting dressed, getting undressed, not being allowed to play with the playstation controller, not being allowed to climb into the washing machine – I could go on forever. All of these and more result in a tantrum the scale of which I can only liken to Godzilla on the loose in New York.
  • Throwing food – maybe I should rephrase that to launching food! Food is no longer there to be eaten, it is there to be hurled as far as possible across the kitchen.

I could go on with the list but as you all have lives to be getting on with I will spare you the essay.

Suffice to say, things are a little stressful in the K household at the moment. I know that this is just a stage and it will pass but I really do have my work cut out for me. If baby boy is acting this way now I am really not looking forward to the day he turns two!

How do you cope with challenging behaviour?

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Hello… Is it me you’re looking for?

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I had a random thought earlier today… I thought that it was time to properly introduce myself.

So, hello! I am Mrs K or Kimberley to those who know me. I am mother to baby boy and wife to Mr K (not sure that he would appreciate his photograph on display – camera shy). I am a reluctantly working mum who despite enjoying her job as a special needs teacher, wishes she could be at home with baby boy every day to watch him grow and learn.

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Baby boy is a fun loving, energetic 1 year old who is into everything at the moment. Motherhood is hard work but it is definitely worth it and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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We are a cloth bumming, slinging, ‘trying to find our own way in this new chapter of our lives’ family. Blogging about our ups and downs helps me to make sense of this new found chaos around me.

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A few facts about me:
I love to sit down and lose myself in a good book. I love watching Audrey Hepburn movies (she is my idol). I am addicted to cloth nappies. I am extremely disorganised. My family and friends are the most important things in my life.

So there you have it. This is me. I am very pleased to meet you.

Do you have any questions for me?

Not a morning person!

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I have never been a morning person. My mum says that she could hoover around my cot when I was a baby and I wouldn’t wake up. At university I could sometimes stay in bed all morning. It was bliss. People told me that I was wasting the day but for me just laying in bed was a great way to spend the day.

I knew that when baby boy came along that I would have to start getting up early. It would just be something that had to be done and I figured that I would get used to it. The problem is that I haven’t gotten used to it. I still hate mornings! I still have to drag myself out of bed and drink copious amounts of tea and coffee to face the day. I feel sorry for baby boy sometimes. He likes to wake up anytime between 4.30 and 6.30 (as well a few times before that in the night). If it before 6 I will usually bring him into bed with me and Mr K which does the trick and he will go back to sleep for a bit. After 6 though there is no chance and it is officially play time. It must be hard for him having a mummy who does a great zombie impression before at least 9am.

Now you would think that not being an early bird would make me a night owl. Wrong! I am usually in bed before 10 on most evenings.

What can I say… I just love my bed!

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

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I can’t afford to use cloth nappies, can I?

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I have been speaking to a few people recently about reusable nappies and when asked why they decided not to try them there is a common answer: they are too expensive. This week then it is my mission to show how inexpensive cloth nappies can be.

Myth No. 3 – Cloth Nappies are expensive

Going real saves money for both parents and our communities. For every year a baby is in nappies, he or she will need nearly 2,000 nappy changes. With potty training averaging at two and a half years, that is nearly 5,000 nappies per child!

At an average cost of 16p per disposable, between them parents in England and Wales are spending approximately half a billion pounds on disposable nappies every year.

Recent research by Go Real shows that parents can save anything from £150 to over a £1000 over the lifetime of using nappies, depending on their choice of nappies- those are huge savings for cash-strapped families. (And those savings stack up even further when nappies are used on a second- and a third child…)

http://www.goreal.org.uk/why

I actually agree with this statement but cloth nappies can be expensive. If you were to buy a whole stash of branded and custom nappies then of course you are going to spend a lot of money. Similarly, if you were to buy more nappies than you really needed (ahem might be guilty of this myself) then again it can be expensive.

However, cloth nappies don’t have to break the bank. The majority of my stash are what are affectionately known as ‘internet cheapies’. They are pocket nappies which cost around £4 each including inserts. You can get deals on bulk lots and can choose from amazing patterns. As I said, these are the ones we have most of. We then have a few varieties of the branded nappies like tots bots, bumgenius, bambino mio and close pop ins. I find that this system works well for us. The branded nappies were not all purchased brand new either. There is a huge and profitable preloved market. Facebook has groups dedicated to the sale of preloved cloth nappies as do websites such as babycentre. You can pick up brand new and euc (excellent used condition) cloth nappies for good prices. One Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1543623025896312) finds the best current deals so you don’t miss out on a bargain. Although I must warn you – beware the limited edition! If you fall into that trap you may as well remortgage the house and sell your children to buy the nappies. Think that a tots bots royal flush sold for almost £200 on eBay recently and you get the picture!

There are ways to do it even cheaper as well. Good old fashioned terry squares and some nice wraps don’t cost the earth and are still very popular even with modern cloth nappies on the market. Local selling pages and sites often have some good deals come up so it’s a good idea to have a quick look once in a while if you are trying to build a stash on a budget.

To really keep costs down try not to buy more than you really need. It is advised that a stash of around 24 nappies will be enough to cloth full time for 1 child. I have about 40 in my stash. I could definitely manage on less but I like having more so that I don’t run out if I get behind on the washing!!

If you are smart, look for deals and don’t need a full branded stash then you really can cloth nappy on a budget.

Have you clothed on a budget? Do you have any tips?

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