Reusable nappies – some myths dispelled

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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of the next few weeks I will try to give my opinion on why some of the wide held opinions on reusable nappies are outdated.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

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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

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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?

image credit – http://www.gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2014/08/are-you-addicted-to-something/