When Noah was born, we tried every type of disposable nappy we could find – supermarket-own brands, premium brands and the organic biodegradable brands. Every one of them leaked. My boy was not the shape or size for disposable nappies, and so I bought some reusable cloth nappies to try.
Rob grumbled that I had wasted money, and that the cloth nappies would stink, but after just a few months of using the cloth, he agreed he’d been wrong and that in fact it’s the disposable nappies that smell the worst! I am also really pleased to be able to say that Noah rarely has nappy rash, as James regularly had a sore bum – poor thing.
Apparently the most avid buyer of cloth nappies can spend up to £350 on a lifetime supply of nappies (because of course the cloth will do for the next child too…and the next after that…) whereas disposable nappies cost much more than that. If you spend about £30 a month on disposables, and you potty train at 3 years, you’ll have spent more than a thousand pounds on just the nappies.
What do you have to show for all that money?! It makes me want to cry thinking about the cash we wasted with James!
One of the best things about cloth nappies is that you can sell them on after you’ve finished, which will recoup some of that initial outlay. Another brilliant side effect of using cloth is that you won’t contribute to landfill. It’s really satisfying to wash the nappies instead of putting them in the bin – we recycle so much else from our house, why not nappies too?
The inside of the nappies are so fluffy and soft, it really feels much nicer to touch – I’m sure cloth nappies must feel nicer to wear than disposables.
Do you use cloth nappies? Why? What would make you try them, if you don’t already?