My Cloth Nappy Routine

Posted by Triin de Speville on

I remember how confusing it was to get started with cloth nappies, so I have decided to write out my routine in case it might help anyone who is contemplating on using them.

Why I started using cloth nappies and what held be back initially?

I had no idea that it takes 500 years for disposable nappies to decompose. Therefore my child’s great great grandchildren would be around and his nappies would still be decomposing in a landfill somewhere. The thought of this is quite a big motivator. 

When I started looking into cloth nappies at first it seemed off-putting to spend hundreds of pounds on cloth nappies in one go. If you think then buying a pack of disposable nappies for £5 a week is much easier. So in the end I went for the middle ground and started purchasing nappies bit by bit. So far I have spent £101.48 on nappies and the additional cost I have is buying Bio Nappy Fresh (£3.50 from Planet Organic) and bamboo liners (£6.71 for 200). I think in some point I will need to purchase an additional set of 6 nappies, because he will grow out go the newborn nappies. 

In comparison, a disposable Kit&Kin nappy, which 'only' takes 5 years to decompose in right conditions, costs 20p per nappy. Let's say if you use 8 nappies per day, the cost of nappies only for 2 months would be £96. 

Essentials

  • Cloth Nappies
  • Insets
  • Bamboo liners
  • Nappy wash
  • Nappy cream
  • Wet Bag
  • Bucket/Bowl 

Cloth nappies. In total I have 13 nappies from three different makers.

Initially I found it very confusing to choose between different brands and styles as there’s an incredible wide selection available. So I decided to buy some starter sets and see how I get on. The first nappies I bought were from Alva Baby thanks to a recommendation I received on Instagram and they are by far my favourite ones. They last until potty training and the set of 6 from Amazon cost me exactly £35.98. The only downside was that they seemed quite big at the start when my baby was first born. Luckily I got to master the popper system and they fit much better now.

The second set of 5 nappies was bought from Baba+Boo when they had a 20% off sale and I went for the newborn size. These 5 nappies cost £37.50. I love their patterns and I quite enjoy the fact that they are smaller and easier to fit on. However, I can see how my baby is already growing out of them. I would like to see if they really do last until he’s 6 months. 

The last 2 nappies I bought are from Totsbots and I got them as part of a trial kit which cost £28. One of them is called Bamboozle Stretch that comes with a Peanut wrap, a waterproof cover. The other is Easyfit Star, which has a very long insert, that folds into two. Out of these two the Easyfit is probably my favourite.

Inserts. These come with nappies and for each nappy you get 2 inserts. It’s pretty much a fabric cloth that you put in the pocket of the nappy to contain liquid. 

Bamboo liners.  I didn’t use these at first, but I find them useful for two reasons. Firstly they will help the nappies last longer as they catch the poo and are easy to dispose. Secondly, they double as great home made wet wipes. I haven’t bought any wet wipes with my baby and have only used these. I cannot believe that people flush wet wipes - they are meant to be the cause for 90% of cases of blocked pipes in London. 

Nappy washing power. Each time I have used a nappy I will take out the inserts and place the nappies and insets either in a bucket or bowl with a bit of nappy washing powder to soak. Once I have enough for a wash load, I put the nappies in washing machine and currently I dry them outside. In London I dried them on a radiator we have in the bathroom.

UPDATE it turns out that dry pailing, keeping nappies in a dry bucket or storage bag is the kinder option to nappies and as I ran out of nappy wash, I have now started to dry pail my nappies.

Nappy cream. I use a very natural cream from Sqeaky Clean Skincare called Bot Bot Butter. It consists of coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter. I’m pretty amazed that I haven’t needed anything else as with my first child I tried only using natural cream like Weleda’s calendula one, however, I ended up having to use Metanium, Sudocream and some other prescription ones as her bum was as red as the one of a baboon.

Wet bag. Is useful when travelling or out and about and you need to carry dirty nappies around. I have to admit so far I have only done that a handful of times. However, the wet bag came very handy when my daughter got car sick. 

How have I found it so far? I think it was the first step that was the hardest. After that I've just been adapting to this new routine and even my husband has gone along with it. If you buy a set of 6 nappies for example and see how it goes, you haven't made a huge investment, but at least given it a try. Think 500 years! I'm still to try out more how it goes using reusables when travelling and staying at hotels. I endeavour to report this back here.

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