25 April 2016

10 reasons why I love reusable nappies

Little 3 has been wearing reusable nappies for over a year, I can now safely say we have tested them fully right through from breastfeeding and weaning and into toddlerhood. There are a great many reasons to give cloth a go and these are my top 10 reasons why I love reuseable nappies.

1. No chemicals on Little 3's bottom - This was one of the main reasons for switching to reusables with Little 3. Most of the disposable brands (apart from a few of the eco ones which generally contain something like wood pulp) are filled with chemicals, absorbing gels and strange things with long names! Little's 1 and 2 wore disposable nappies and got a lot of nappy rash at times. Since Little 3 was born he has only had a sore bottom once due to teething. I definitely think wearing natural breathable fibres next to his bottom is better for his skin, I only wish we had used them with the girls too.  


2. You never run out - There are always nappies in the house, I never have to run to the shops for nappies in the rain or lug great big packs of nappies home on the pushchair. As long as I keep on top of the nappy wash, which is only every third day, I will never have to go shopping for nappies.

3. The cost saving- Yes it did cost me around £450 to buy my nappies from birth until now but if you wanted to buy secondhand you could spent half that. But put it this way, I have worked out that in Little 3's first year we changed around 2250 nappies, add in a couple of packs of wipes a week (we use washable ones so saving there too) and this works out at nearly £600 for the year. We have already saved and every month until potty training we are now saving around £35 a month give or take a couple of £ for washing the nappies. When we are done we can sell on our nappies too.



4. They don't smell - You know that smell from disposables, the chemical one when your child has had a wee, you just do not get that from natural fibres. Reusable nappies are also brilliant at containing the other kind of nappy smell.

5. No poonami's - Reusable nappies are elasticated all the way around the back and the legs, this leads to no leaks, they really are far superior for containment, no up the back jobs in our house ever!



6. They are environmentally friendly - 2250 nappies we didn't send to landfill this past year - enough said!

7. Cute designsThere are so many gorgeous prints available, I love choosing which nappy to put on Little 3 and to see him crawling around in nappies like these, you have to admit he looks pretty cute.



8. The washing line - There is no better satisfaction than a line of nappies drying outside in the sun.



9. They are a conversation starter - The number of good comments I have had in baby changing rooms about Little 3's nappies is unreal. I have stopped and chatted to several mums about nappies in the past and even managed to get a couple of friends to try them. 

10. Shopping for new nappies - okay so shopping for nappies doesn't thrill you that much but with reusables there are always new prints and designs being released from somewhere, waiting to see what the new ones are going to be and deciding which ones to buy when you are building your stash can be fun.

10 comments:

  1. That last photo reminded me of the day you came over to mine and saw them all hanging there! They are so gorgeous and I'm so glad you got on with them. Hope this post makes even one person try them out as they really are the best!

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  2. I hope so too, I would never go back to disposables now!

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  3. Some great incentives here, I have to admit it is the cute colours that excite me and I never knew they didn't leak! I was thinking about cloth nappies for baby #2 but worried it could be hard work getting used to with my daughter still in disposables? x

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  4. Oh my goodness I've always wanted to work out the number of nappy changes. You're obviously much better at maths than me :) I still haven't tried cloth. I must. #maternitymondays

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  5. I love the cute photo of them on the washing line :) They are such lovely designs xx

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  6. Ooh no, once you have been doing it for a couple of weeks, learning what popper setting and insert combo fits/suits your baby and getting a washing routine that suits you it just becomes second nature. I wish I had used cloth with my other two most definitely. x

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  7. I'm certainly going to look into it a little more now as I really do like the idea and the plan is that this is the last baby so last chance! x

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  8. My one piece of advice is to try a few different brands to see what suits before spending out on all of one type, nappy libraries are great too. x

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  9. All brilliant reasons to use cloth nappies! I never really got into cloth nappies with my first but I'm expecting baby number 2 in November and I've bought and am planning to use Gnappies. I've got lots of gorgeous colours and designs already. Can't wait to use them! x

    #maternitymondays

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  10. oh I love gnappies, we started using them in Feb and I now use them 80% of the time, I love them but hubby just can’t get the hang of them and prefers the all in ones. Thanks for commenting x

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