As a parent you are up against many decisions when it comes to your new baby, and as the initial mum, they can be especially daunting. As soon as you book in with the midwife you are advised that “breast is best”, but you get no information on alternative nappy options Preloved kids clothes.
As the initial mum I had no idea of the incredible world of Modern Cloth Reusable Nappies, so for other first time mothers here is a brief introduction on what you ought to know —
First and most important, it will become enslaving. You will try one cloth nappy, and then a few more, you may then find online discussion boards, and discover other mothers who use cloth nappies on their babies. Pretty soon you will have a ‘stash’ consisting of new, preloved, custom and changed out nappies.
Cloth nappies and your purse — it’s an easy decision. You get a throw away nappy, it’s pooped in, and it gets into the rubbish bin. You get a cloth nappy and your baby can poo in it, it’s cleansed, and you can use it again. Once baby is out of cloth nappies you can sell them. Think of what kind of money you can save!
Your child’s skin — skin is the anatomy’s largest organ, cloth nappies are soft and are made from natural materials, unlike throw away nappies, which are layers of chemicals and parts.
Your child’s world — with each baby needing around 5000 nappy changes, all those throw away nappies will be going in to landfill. With the average nappy taking in excess of 100 years to weaken, it makes sense to try and protect the world baby will be growing up in. You will also notice the space saved in your rubbish bin!
Dispelling beliefs — Cloth nappies are no longer squares of ugly greyed terry towelling fabric that you need to collapse and then pin on your baby. There’s no need to store them in a smelly bucket of water, and definitely no need to boil them! Modern cloth nappies are just that — modern and fantastic! You can get nappies that go on just like disposables, with little tabs of Velcro also known as aplix, or for a different fit you can get poppers. Both work very well, it’s just a case of finding what works for your baby. You can get deep nappies made from a soft fabric called Minkee, and you can get a slightly more waterproof material called PUL. Both types of fabric can come in a number of colours, textures, patterns and designs. You can store dirty nappies in a wet bag whilst on trips and then transfer to a dry nappy pail. Some people like to add a few falls of fat such as lavender or tea tree, just to keep things smelling nice. Then, when you have enough for an almost full load, pop them in the appliance! Simple as that!