How I switched from dingy disposables to fancy pants reusable nappies

When baby Isaac was first born cloth nappies didn’t feel like an option. He was two months premature and I imagined the faff of reusables would just be extra hassle we didn’t need.

Flash forward 12 months and as the piles of disposable nappies built up, so did my guilt about the amount we were throwing away.

How to switch to reuseable nappies…

After spending hours reading up on different styles and brands (not quite as boring as it sounds!) I bought a starter pack of six nappies to try.

We opted for a simple all-in-one design that would make washing and drying easy. They go on the same way as disposables, so there isn’t much new to learn.

Included was a bin with a washing bag inside which means I can just pick it up and throw it in the washing machine when it’s full.

I can be a little lazy when it comes to cleaning and washing, but so far I have found the whole process really easy. And the bonus is that Isaac looks much cuter crawling around in his fancy patterned pants than in his dingy disposables!

We aren’t using 100% reusables yet, we still use disposables at night and probably will on days relatives look after Isaac, but I’m planning on gradually expanding my cloth nappy collection (with some funky designs of course).

I wish I had made the transition sooner, but feel better knowing our carbon footprint has been reduced just a little bit.

For anybody who’s interested in making the switch from disposables to reusables, I can’t recommend The Nappy Lady enough for honest reviews and guidance about which nappy is right for you.

And here are a few nappy facts to chuck at people:

  • Research suggests disposables can take up to 500 years to rot in landfill. By contrast, real nappies are reusable, and available in organic cotton, hemp and bamboo.
  • Real nappies don’t contain the chemicals in disposables so pose less risk to baby’s health. They may also make your baby more receptive to potty training at an earlier age.
  • Real nappies are cheaper! It can cost up to £1,000 to use disposables up until your toddler is toilet trained. Even after the cost of washing, cloth nappies cost significantly less.

(Facts provided by Friends of the Earth)

Written by Kate, who is mother to 1-year old Isaac.

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