I never thought I’d be writing about cloth nappies. Mummy blogger, moi? No, thank-you! But this is one area of my zero-waste journey I’ve found both challenging and satisfying in equal measures.
When I first thought about reducing my waste I knew nappies were a non-negotiable that had to go. Disposable nappies are a huge blight on our planet, sitting on landfills around our country (and those we outsource our waste too…) for HUNDREDS of years. And switching to biodegradable nappies isn’t a great option as without oxygen and sun they won’t break down in the promised time either.
In six months of using disposables with Anaïs I easily added another 800 to the three billion last year. If that image doesn’t make you feel both horrified and a bit sicky (all those pooey nappies!) you are made of stronger stuff than I.
But it’s not enough for me to simply ditch disposables. As many of us as possible need to follow suit (if we can) so I’m hoping this post serves as a guide to getting started, and helps clarify any questions you have about using cloth nappies for your little one!
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- Nappy bin & two bin liners: to put old nappies in, the bags hold them so you can throw it all in the wash.
- 20-30 nappies: This is so dependent on you and your needs.
- Liners: To catch poo! These can be chucked.
- Boosters: These are to add absorbency.
- Wet Bags: To hold old nappies when you are out and about. I have four, but you probably only need two.
THE BRANDS I USE
I tried a few but my two faves are:
- Little Lambs: These are really good value and offer a big variety of styles from basic cloth wraps to all in one. I love the fact they have poppers, as the velcro style fastenings tend to wear thin,
- Bambino Mio: SUPER easy to use all-in-one styles in cute prints. These are amazing.
WHERE TO BUY
- Facebook Marketplace: Find local groups simply by searching ‘nappies’ OR head straight to the marketplace to find them. I got a big stash of nappies this way and will sell any I don’t need anymore here too.
- The Nappy Lady: This is a fantastic website as TNL offers a diagnostic service where she takes all your requirements into consideration before offering her suggestions.
HOW TO USE CLOTH NAPPIES: A DUMMIES GUIDE
I procrastinated about this post a LOT as it’s hard to explain in words how to use reusables. That’s not to say it’s hard, per se, it’s just….you need a visual! So I made one. I’m not a video creator so please be kind 🙂
- You’re saving the world! What could be a better pro than that? But seriously, making the switch to reusables means you’ll see a change in your waste REALLY quickly, which is incredibly satisfying.
- I’ve saved money, for sure, although you do have to be realistic about the initial financial outlay you have to make (around £150 I’d say).
- I love how easy they are to use while being super eco. I put it off for such a long time and was especially worried about dealing with poo, but it’s fine especially as modern cloth nappies are so convenient.
- NO gross bin smell. You know what I’m talking about, right? That momen minutes after you’ve dumped a disposable in the bin and the STENCH
- The initial kit is costly if you buy it all new, and a faff if you go the used route. Although I didn’t find it to be too painful I wanted to acknowledge not all of us have the time/money/energy to expend on the nappy search.
- You can’t use standard nappy creams with your reusables however I’ve found PurePotions nappy salve to be fine.
- I still don’t love dealing with poo, especially as I never flush the liners away (I don’t flush anything except toilet-roll, poo and wee!) but it’s a necessary evil. I pop mine in the bin formerly known as ‘disposable-nappy-bin’ and it’s not so terrible anyway, honest 😉