Cloth nappies are gross! Aren’t they?


A common word used by many a parent (and non parent) when they hear that a baby is wearing a cloth nappy – euwww! Is it often followed by a question or remark about poo. Some common ones include ‘you put poo in your washing machine? Gross’ and ‘yuck, I would hate to deal with the poo’. I am therefore making it my mission this week to dispel the ‘cloth nappy means more poo dealings’ myth.

Myth No. 2 – cloth nappies are gross

Have you ever had to deal with a ‘poonami’? You know, the one when no amount of baby wipes in the world would clean up the mess and you find yourself running with baby at arms length to rinse them under the shower! We have had a few of them. In fact the first time it happened Mr K ended up cutting baby boy’s vest off rather than deal with pulling it off him. I have to admit that I found it hilarious. The truth however is that baby boy was wearing a disposable nappy every time there was a ‘poonami’ incident. I can honestly say that I have never had to deal with one when he has been wearing a cloth nappy. The containment in my opinion is far superior and so straight away I would say that for this reason alone you are dealing with less and not more poo with cloth nappies.

Now, when changing a disposable nappy the nappy is just rolled up, put in a bag and thrown away. A cloth nappy is obviously different in the fact that it needs to be washed. This is where I say (very loudly) that I do not just put the dirty nappy straight into my washing machine! I use liners in the nappies. When I change a nappy, the dirty liner is flushed down the toilet and the nappy is put in the bucket ready to be washed. See, no poo in the washing machine! Of course some gets in but it is a washing machine – it is designed to clean. I refer back to the ‘poonami’ incidents here. If your child’s clothes get a leak on them do you just throw them away or wash them? Most of us wash them of course which is exactly the same as washing the dirty nappies.

There is no touching the nappies once they have gone into the bucket either. The bucket is lined with a mesh bag (no more wet pailing nowadays) and so when you are ready to put a nappy wash on you just take the bag out of the bucket and pop in straight into the machine. Simple!

Cloth nappies are gross? Quite simply no! I could preach about disposable nappies sitting in a bin for 2 weeks but as many of you already know we do still use the odd disposable when the need arises and so that would be hypocritical. I do feel though that once you have seen cloth in action you could never think that cloth nappies are gross. A little bit of education goes a long way and if people knew how easy cloth nappies are maybe more people would give them a go.

Have you noticed a difference between the reliability of cloth over disposable nappies?

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Reusable nappies – some myths dispelled


I have just put a load of nappies in the washing machine and I was reminded of a comment that someone said to me when I first started using cloth nappies on baby boy. “I haven’t got time to use reusable nappies” she said, rolling her eyes, “far too much washing involved”. At the time I nodded and said something along the lines of I hoped that I would be able to keep on top of it all. 9 months down the line we are still using them and I have realised that the ‘no time to use them’ comment was just plain wrong. I have decided therefore to try to dispel some of the myths surrounding reusable nappies. Over the course of the next few weeks I will try to give my opinion on why some of the wide held opinions on reusable nappies are outdated.

Myth No. 1 – reusable nappies are time consuming

Once you have a baby a vast majority of your time is taken up with changing either wet or poopy nappies. It is a fact! Babies can produce an unbelievable amount of poop. It doesn’t matter if they have already filled 3 nappies that day, they can still produce more. Therefore whether you are using disposable or reusable nappies you are still spending a significant amount of time changing nappies. In my opinion modern cloth nappies are just as quick to put on as a disposable nappy. Or in the case of baby boy, both types take just as long to put on once the wriggling, flipping over, crawling away, being brought back resulting in a tantrum is all over! His night nappies may take a tiny bit longer to put on but not a significant amount longer I have to say.

I know that some people worry about the time it takes to wash and dry reusable nappies. Well I don’t stand at the sink hand washing them let me tell you and the days of boil washing are over. I use an amazing contraption called a washing machine! In all seriousness though the nappies just go into the washing machine with a cold rinse at the beginning, a wash and then an extra rinse at the end. I usually put them in over night so I can just put them on the line or the clothes maid (depending on the season and the weather) in the morning. I usually wash a load every other night, sometimes every 3 nights depending on how many nappies have been used. It really doesn’t take up much time at all. I promise!

I do worry that people think that using cloth nappies will take too much time. It would be a real shame for people not to try them just for this reason. Modern cloth nappies are simple and with the excellent washing machines we have today they really are no extra work than a disposable.

Do you use cloth nappies? Do you find them time consuming?

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Regaining the fluffy love


For a few weeks now this household has been infected with a horrible plague! Illness took a hold and took a hold well (are we ever healthy I hear you ask!). So much so that I seriously let things slide in the domestic chores department. My mum, the amazing woman that she is, has helped out more than she should. In fact she is also ill and so should have been resting!

The thing that she did which helped me the most was to take my washing. I was incredibly behind on it and it was getting me down. Whilst I was getting myself back on track she also bought me a couple of packs of disposable nappies. As many of you will know we have mostly used reusable nappies since baby boy was roughly 3 months old and I love them. These past few weeks though I have used the disposable ones and I have to admit that it did make things just a tiny but easier whilst I was getting on top of things.

Now I am not better in the health department yet, in fact on Friday I was back at the doctors, but yesterday I had a sudden urge to get my reusables ready for action again. It took me all afternoon, with lots of rest breaks, but I managed to get them all stuffed and put away.

The sight of them on the shelves ready to be worn was one of the nicest things I have seen in a while. It made me realise how much I have missed baby boy’s fluffy bum. Disposables may have been a bit easier when things were tough but his bum was far too flat! It also made me remember all of the reasons why I love reusables. Not only are they cute but they seriously cut down on waste. Our bin has been a lot fuller these past weeks! I am excited that soft fabric will be next to my baby’s skin again soon and even though I will have a bit more washing again I don’t care because I am feeling the fluffy love once more.

I am really grateful to my mum for helping out and buying me some disposables but I am more than ready to get going with the reusables once more. Bring on tomorrow!!

Have you ever needed to regain the fluffy love?

Addicted to cloth


Hello. My name is Mrs K and I am addicted to cloth nappies! There, I said it! They say that admitting it is the first step but do you know what, I don’t want to be cured!

I love my cloth nappies. Oh, I mean baby boy’s cloth nappies! I love the patterns and colours and the way they keep him without nappy rash (except when teething) and the absorbency and the fit and how we have never had a poo leak … I could go on forever. I also love how they could work out over time cheaper than disposables. I say could because anyone who uses cloth nappies knows that it is almost impossible to refuse either a cloth nappy bargain or a new print!

Take the recent limited edition Chaplin print by Bum Genius. Apparently it sold out in the UK in just 6 minutes! We were all warned that there would not be many arriving to these shores. It was in such high demand that some stockists ended up with draws just to decide who could buy one! Now, what’s a girl to do in these circumstances? Call upon family and friends in the USA of course! With the help of a very kind family member I am now the lucky owner of a brand new chaplin print. But do you know what, I don’t love it! I went to all the trouble of getting it and having it shipped over to me and when it arrived I have to say I was ambivalent at best. It is growing on me but I can’t bring myself to remove it from the packet just in case I can’t grow to love it! I need help I know!

These limited edition prints are in demand though. I saw a Tots Bots Royal Flush sell on eBay for £190 the other day! Bum Genius Irwin and Jules often sell for twice the rrp. The world has gone crazy! But people do say, something is only worth what someone will pay for it.

Now yes I do feel that I am addicted to cloth nappies but I would never pay over the odds. In fact the majority of my stash are eBay cheapies so maybe there is hope for me yet!

Are you addicted to cloth nappies? Have you ever paid more than you should have for a nappy?

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Why I chose to cloth bum


Baby boy is a cloth bummed babe!

I didn’t start off using cloth nappies until he was about 3 months old. The idea to use them developed slowly. At 5 weeks old I took him to The Baby and Toddler show at Event City in Manchester and out of all the stands it was the reusable nappy stand that caught my attention. Rows and rows of pretty, colourful nappies! They were gorgeous! I took a leaflet but to be honest I discarded the idea when I thought about the price. I couldn’t really justify spending money on new nappies.

Over the next few weeks I couldn’t stop thinking about those beautiful nappies. I ran through all of the justifications in my head – environmental impact, cheaper then disposables in the long run, comfort etc – but when it came down to it they were just so darn pretty! I spent hours researching reusable nappies and when I found out that my local council ran a cash back scheme it felt like a sign! Eventually I could resist no longer and now 3 1/2 months later we pretty much exclusively use cloth. I say pretty much exclusively because as we know I am not perfect. I occasionally run out of night nappies and I refuse to take them on holiday with no washing facilities! There is no way that I am spending my holiday hand washing dirty nappies!

I built my stash slowly combining cheaper eBay nappies with a few of the more well known (and expensive) brands. I now have enough to wash every third day which I feel is a good amount. This doesn’t stop me wanting more though! They are just so pretty but my growing addiction is a post for another day.

I’m glad I made the decision. It works well for us. I was expecting some negativity towards using them but we have had nothing but positive comments.

Do you use cloth nappies? Have you experienced any negativity?

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