Hi guys, welcome to another cloth nappy diary. I’ve had such lovely comments about this series which has made me really happy, this week we have the lovely Kate fever on the blog and this is her diary.
Hello welcome to cloth nappy diaries, can you introduce yourself please and tell us who you use cloth nappies on?
I am Kate, and I blog at http://myfamilyfever.co.uk. I am mummy to Gemma (8), Jacob (6) and Max (1). They have all been fluffy bummed babies.
When did you first hear about cloth nappies and how?
It was actually my husband who decided on cloth nappies. When we were expecting our first baby he researched the cost factor of nappies and we decided that cloth was our best bet. He found a well priced birth to potty set in a baby catalouge and away we went!
Why do you choose to use cloth nappies?
As mentioned above, it was mainly the cost factor. We knew we wanted more than one baby, and so we knew that in the long run cloth nappies would be much more economical for us. Over the years, I have also grown to love the ‘green factor’ of cloth, knowing that we are not dumping huge amounts of indestructable waste into landfill. Plus – they look cute
Do you have a favourite nappy/brand which one?
Tots Bots. They have always been my go to nappy – Easyfits for day and Bamboozles for night.
What do you find hardest about using cloth nappies?
I wouldn’t say anything is particularly hard, but other peoples perceptions can be challenging. They always want to know things like how to store the dirty ones. They ask if they smell, they want to know if I find the washing too much and if they are complicated to use. I am always happy to do an impromptu little demo!
What is the best part about using cloth nappies for you?
Beside the cuteness factor? Max has eczema, and I feel so much more comfortable knowing that I am putting natural cloth against his skin rather than nasty chemicals that might irritate.
Can you give our readers your top three cloth nappy tips?
1. Try a nappy library before you start. It’s the best way to discover the types of nappy that work best for you.
2. Stick a cotton wool pad soaked in tea tree oil on the underside of your nappy bucket lid. It helps to keep any odours at bay.
3. For maximum absorbency strip wash your nappies every 4-5 months. This is not as scary as it sounds. Just soak the nappies in hand hot water with a scoop of Tots Bots potion. Then wash as usual and choose a program with an extra rinse cycle. Done!
And finally, would you recommend cloth nappies?
For 3 main reasons – they can save you a lot of money, especially if you plan to use them on more than one child. They are much more ecological – did you know the average child will go through 5,000 nappies in it’s nappy wearing life? That’s a shocking amount of waste. Finally – you have to admit they look a whole lot cuter than sposies – you can match them to outfits, buy different colours for different days or even get a special nappy for a special occasion – such as a first Christmas!