Using washable cloth nappies for the first time can feel a little daunting.
There is a lot of pressure out there from big brands (with big advertising budgets) trying to make you use disposable nappies.
Four years ago Emily from our marketing department had a beautiful baby girl, Elsie; and being a Frugi person; gave cloth nappies a go.
We take a look back at how she got on and what is was like to use cloth nappies as a first time mum.
Ok so I’ve left it until my daughter Elsie is a month old to start using cloth nappies…. I got all organised before her birth and washed them all about 6 times, as the advise was that this improves absorbency.
I’m not really sure why I waited this long to get going with them, I suppose I was worried Elsie’s little bum (7.7lb) would be too small for them, but I needn’t have worried though as on the smallest popper setting they fit a treat. I’m using Tots Bots easy fit nappies, some in the gorgeous Frugi designs and some of tots bots own styles.
Rob my husband wasn’t convinced about the plan to go to cloth, but when I told him about the money saving he was very happy to give them a go! :0)… and as it’s me who does the washing anyway, I’m not sure he had a leg to stand on… (We split responsibilities in our house, they go something like this… me = decor, washing and cleaning the cat tray…Rob = technology, hovering and bins!! Anyway I digress!
It’s all gone pretty swimmingly really… Putting them on was straight forward, I had taken a sneaky peek at the tots bots tutorials online just in case, but really they are very easy to use. We haven’t had any leaks and Elsie’s skin looks to be ok, with no pinching marks etc.
One of my friends did try cloth nappies and found her daughter developed nappy rash pretty quickly, so I’m being careful not to let a wet nappy go too long and also to not forget the nappy cream!
Today I’m heading to town and to a friends for lunch so I’m stocking up the changing bag… I’m lucky that the bag I have has a separate laminate zip bag, this means that once I have a smelly one I can pop it into here. However the bag isn’t huge so after one or two changes, I might be in trouble.. I guess I could just tie them up in normal nappy sacks to keep the smell in!
During lunch my friends were really interested that I’d decided to give cloth a go, their idea of cloth nappies was really dated and when I showed them one of Elsie’s they were impressed.. Mostly because they look like nappies and not a huge nightmare that you have to attach bits to etc. They asked me about cost, they thought they were pricey, and even though I explained they would last until potty training, they couldn’t quite get over the initial spend, shame as I thought I might have made my first convert!
I forgot to mention yesterday how impressed I was when I washed my first batch of nappies!! Rob thought I was mad getting some white ones… He thought Elsie’s runny yellow poo would be sure to ruin the lovely nappies we’d just bought, however they came up a treat, all white again and good as new!
I was out and about again today and did have a seeping wee moment, however this happened in disposables too, so I guess it’s normal when they do a few mahoosive pees!
One other thing is that, of course, they make your little ones bum that bit bigger, so if your favourite cute outfit is getting snug, cloth will surely make it redundant, but who doesn’t love finding new lovely bits for their baba?
Today Grammy changed her first cloth nappy, well first of this kind, as she keeps telling me; hers had pins in! She was really impressed with them, “so soft and stretchy”!! I often think It’s a shame they are hidden and people don’t get to see them more, one… so people would see how good cloth nappies now are and two… because the designs are sooo cute!
I would say that I’m now a proper cloth user, no turning back! There is nothing that would really put me off now, after trying them out this week, I’m definitely a believer! Washing and drying them has been fine, using a bucket to chuck them in is brill and keeps any nasty smells locked up.
I find turning the nappy over when slipping the attached liner inside is better and doesn’t snag so easily on the waterproof fabric.
Also when washing, tots bots tip is to fold the Velcro tabs back on themselves to avoid catching on things and it’s really worth taking note of this as it makes separating them when they come out of the machine loads easier!
All in all I’ve been really pleased with how it’s gone and I cannot see a reason to switch back to disposables…. Yippee!
Thanks Emily 🙂