So my new obsession in life is cloth (reusable) nappies, this is for a few reasons;
1. I’m not going to lie, they’re super cute! All the different patterns, the chunky little bums they create and a baby in one just basically makes me want to make those annoying squealing noises that you make when you see so something so adorable you could cry (think puppies, kittens, baby bunnies). I didn’t think it was possible for babies to look cuter than they already are but cloth nappies seem to have this affect.
2. They save money, yes the original out lay may be quite expensive (brand new nappies retail between £5 – £20 each depending on the brand), but if you think about the fact you can buy them to fit from birth to potty (BTP) and they will last that long, how much would you spend on disposables in that time? Also interestingly there is a huge market for preloved cloth nappies, once you’re done with them you can sell them on. Yes, you have to wash them and of course this costs water/electricity but you still make a saving compared to disposables and cloth doesn’t explode, you end up washing baby clothes due this issue with disposables anyway.
3. The environment. What do you do with disposables after you’re done with them? Put them in the bin? And then where do they go? Landfill, yes you can get eco friendly biodegradable disposable nappies but they are expensive. Yes cloth nappies do have an environmental impact, electricity to power the washing machine and water but surely this is better for the environment than chucking disposables in a land fill?
Since my interest started I have noticed a couple of things, some people are obsessed with certain brands and collecting all the prints, people paying £60 for one nappy because it’s a rare print, amazing! Pretty sure that’s not something I will be drawn into because for one we can’t afford it and two it kind of ruins the saving money aspect of using cloth!
My favourite brand for prints and designs at the moment is Totsbots. They’ve just brought out a new collection called story prints which are all based on nursery rhymes and they are all just gorgeous. My favourite is incy wincy basically because I’m a sucker for anything with rainbows on.
So that’s my first instalment on cloth, be warned it’s probably something I’m going to talk about lots!
Here’s a few of the ones I’ve bought this week, will do a full stash (nappy head talk for collection!) picture when I’ve got them all together.