Re-usable or modern cloth nappies – what ever you call them I think they are great!
I have to be 100% honest to start this post. I never really set out to use re-usable nappies, it didn’t really occur to me when I fell pregnant and not something I really thought about, I was more interested in trying to get my babes name across the line (I didn’t win, I wanted Ari but we have Paddy!) or designing the right nursery (Here). So this is an honest account of why we use re-usable nappies and why I recommend you do to! So to start I was given a 12 pack of nappies as a gift from one of my best friends (nothing to do with the company – this isn’t sponsored – just true love), so that is how we came about to using them to start with – but now I am a total convert!
- Its not that gross – When I pregnant and thought about changing nappies I thought number 3 and poo-explosions – the worse case scenario. But it was/is rarely the case. Yes they happen but honestly it’s a bucket load more 1’s than 2’s and whole lot less of the 3’s! Using re-usable nappies is exactly like changing a disposable nappy, so not any extra gross. (ps you get use to it very quickly)
- Bamboo liners – makes it uber easy peasy. When I use the re-usable nappies I normally also use a flushable bamboo liner. The brand of nappy I use Bonnibuns doesn’t require these at all. I only started using them because to be honest I was a bit queazy about re-usable nappies in the beginning – but they are so easy I continued using them. You lift them out of the nappy and flush, the liquid goes into the nappy liner and solid stays on the bamboo liner and into the toilet! I use these
- Easy clean – 1 load of washing a night with a dash of washing liquid. Nearly all re-usable nappies recommend only a small amount of washing liquid (about half of a normal load) so there is no build up and the liners stay super absorbent! With my nappies the shell is super quick drying but the liner takes a little longer (liner clips out) you can buy extra liners if you need to. As I said above I use bamboo liners most of the time but when I haven’t and it was a number 2 I flipped as much as I could into the toilet and washed as normal (no pre-soaking needed just washing machine). Once I dried them on the line I couldn’t tell which liner it was – so they wear and wash very well!
- Multi – fit so you can use these for 2 years (or however long your babe is in nappies! Disclaimer: I did use new-born nappies. Think of all the land fill you will save if you use re-aseable nappies! Bonnibuns come with snap clips which are super easy and clips last longer than velcro on other brands!
- They are Cute – if you have a summer baby like me, a nappy and singlet and away you go. Heaps of different colours so you can match your singlet!
- Cost – I own 12 nappies (which I find more than enough). I use on average 6 per day, and I still use a disposable at night. Bonnibuns come with an extra liner for night time, but I have never used them as Paddy sleeps through and we have never had a leak with disposables overnight. (If it ain’t broke – I’m not fixing it, or in this case making any changes to my baby’s sleeping patterns!) So I wash every night and I have 6 on the clothes line to dry the next day and 6 ready to go for Paddy) The original outlay is about $270, a box of Huggies is about $28 on special. So a set of re-usables equals 9 1/2 boxes of Huggies! Trust me 9 boxes of Huggies isn’t going to get you through 2 years like a set of re-usables will. And you can re-use your re-usable nappies for all of your children or neices and nephews. Getting cheaper and cheaper ever time! If you choose to use the bamboo liners they are about 10c each and a disposable nappy is about 40c, so still ongoing cost but as I said before optional and not necessary.
These are my best reasons why you should at least give them a go. Most brands have trial packs that you can buy and see for yourself how great and easy to use they are! Let me know if you love them as much as me!