Week two of the cloth nappy diaries and I have the amazing Lucy with you today. I’ve been talking to Lucy online for a couple of years now, she’s honestly so very lovely. Find her on twitter here.
Hello and welcome to cloth nappy diaries, can you introduce yourself please and tell us who you use cloth nappies on?
Hello, I’m Lucy. The wife of an exiled Scot and mother of two girls, Lily and Iris. I try to keep myself amused while being a full-time stay-home mum with some part-time proofreading and a lot of blogging. At The pie patch I blog about all the things I love and want to share with the world – food, crochet, and cloth sanitary pads. Here are a few thoughts about my experience of cloth nappies.
We’re very nearly at the end of our cloth nappy journey. My youngest and last baby, Iris, is two-and-a-half years old. She’s been potty trained since January but still wears cloth training pants with a booster at night.
When did you first hear about cloth nappies and how?
I’ve always known that old-fashioned cloth terry nappies exist. When I was pregnant with my first baby in 2006 I very briefly considered modern cloth nappies. I liked the way they looked but the initial outlay seemed vast and I couldn’t fathom how I’d cope with all the washing. It didn’t take me long to dismiss the idea.
Skip ahead to 2011, pregnant with my second and final baby. I was now a full-time stay-home parent and the idea of cloth nappies was much more appealing. During one of many hospital appointments, there was a lady in the antenatal waiting room promoting them. She was lovely and helpful but made the mistake of telling me that initial outlay would be £400. FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS!!! So that was that. We were wondering how we were going to afford a cot and pram, no way could we add on the cost of cloth too.
Finally in December 2012, I made the change. A friend told me that the real cost was nowhere near £400. There were cheapy “workhorse” nappies you could buy on eBay. A full set would cost around £80 or £90. That was all I needed to know. So after she’d just turned a year old, Iris was finally in cloth.
Why do you choose to use cloth nappies
At the time it was probably for financial reasons. Forever running out of disposables and having to buy more. I only ever bought own brand nappies but it still adds up. I was also becoming ever more concerned about how much waste we were sending to landfill as a family of four.
Do you have a favourite nappy/brand, which one?
I never really had a favourite brand. My entire nappy stash consisted of two dozen eBay pocket nappies, one lonely Totsbots, and half a dozen “pretties”. The one pretty nappy that I really truly loved and have kept as a momento of our cloth bum days is a Little Red Riding Hood Chubba Chops that I won in a giveaway. But as much as I adore cloth nappies, they were still very much a functional item.
What do you find hardest about using cloth nappies?
At the moment, the hardest thing is finding adequate night protection. Iris has always been a mahoosive night wetter. I cannot convey to you just how much she wees at night. I swear there’s GALLONS of it. As a baby, she wore disposables at night. It was the only realistic option. As a toddler, she even started out-peeing those. How is that even possible?! Despite already being potty trained, we forked out for half a dozen XL Bambooty night nappies. Success! They were great.
But Iris is a very tall toddler and she was soon outgrowing them. And we really wanted her to be in a pull-up so that she can easily use her potty at night with mininal fuss. We are trying to get her dry at night … and failing spectacularly. She has some second hand Bright Bots cloth training pants that I bought on eBay, which we add a cloth booster insert to (from her old pocket nappies). But every single morning she is waking up soaking wet. The waterproof mattress cover is working overtime! Disposable pull-ups work best but I really don’t like them. So we’re at a bit of a stalemate. There doesn’t seem to be a solution, other than carrying on and trying to keep up with washing a lot of wet bedsheets and pyjamas, or putting up with disposables.
What is the best part about using cloth nappies for you?
There are so many advantages. Better for the environment, better for baby’s skin, better for your wallet. And they look super cute too. Bonus!
Can you give our readers your top three cloth nappy tips?
i) Build your stash gradually, buying a few from different brands in different styles to find out what works for you.
ii) Sell them on! If a particular nappy isn’t working for you, recoup some of the cost by selling it on a “pre-loved” site.
iii) Sunshine. A few hours on the line in bright sunshine does wonders for stains. It’s astonishing how well it works. Must be voodoo.
And finally, would you recommend cloth nappies?
I would highly recommend at least giving cloth nappies a go, particularly if your baby suffers with eczema or nappy rash in disposables. It’s really not as much work as you think it’ll be and it could turn out to be the best decision for you both. But if I could, I’d also send out a free cloth sanitary pad to every single new mum. Feel the difference yourself – itchy, sweaty, smelly, plasticky disposables pads … or … clean, pretty, soft, chemical-free, odour-free, reusable pads. You’ll never look back and you’ll want your baby to share the same luxury on their delicate parts as you have on yours!
Thank you Lucy, do pop back next week for another cloth nappy diary.