I’m embarrassed to admit it has taken me three children to finally come around to cloth nappies. I knew I should give it a go, not only to reduce waste and the impact disposables have on the environment but also to reduce my own costs.
However, it all seemed a bit too hard.
I didn’t know where to start and I didn’t want to touch poo either.
But, guess what?
It is really easy. I’m not just saying that. It really was easier than I thought.
Here’s what I did to get started:
I researched brands of modern cloth nappies (a.k.a MCN’s. They are pre-made cloth nappies that use mainly press-studs as clips as opposed to white towels and safety pins). I also kept an eye out for any sites selling barely used, second-hand cloth nappies.
I scored big time when I found someone selling their never used itti bitti tutto nappies for a great price on Gumtree.
Tip: These MCN’s are great as they are adjustable to fit bubs from about 3kg to 18kg. This way you don’t have to spend a lot of money each time they grow out of them.
I caught up with a friend who was all over the how-to of modern cloth nappies and got an idea of where to start and what I would need. I can’t stress enough how important it is to talk to friends, talk to strangers, talk to anyone using MCN’s and drill them on how they use them.
There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet and sometimes it is just easier to get the basic facts from friends who can show you how easy it is.
I bought other accessories. Online I bought some disposable bamboo nappy liners and a wet bag (a sealed bag to put your used nappies in while out and about which will protect the nappy and protect you from the smell). I bought a sturdy nappy bucket with lid to put the used nappies in and from IKEA I purchased a couple of hanging dryers. These have been brilliant on cooler days or even rainy days so I can hang them outside under shelter or inside near the heater.
Also, I was given a sample of Rockin Green Hard Rock Nappy Detergent by a friend and it is brilliant. It get’s stains out that you would never think possible.
I folded and buttoned my nappies ready to go and made sure I had nappy liners, wipes and bucket all in a handy position and away we went!
It really is that simple.
The hardest part of getting organised was researching all the different types of MCN’s. It pays to have a good look to make sure you are happy with your investment.
However, don’t be disheartened by the sheer amount of information out there. It makes it all seem harder than it is. And remember it’s up to you how you use your MCN’s, part-time, full-time or even once a week it all goes towards making a reduction.
What about you? Do you use cloth nappies? Do you have any must-know tips?
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