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20/01/2014 at 08:58
I used towelling squares with Harry but a shoulder injury and op meant I went months without being able to change him, so for the sake of our kind friends who came and sat in with me to help, we switched to mostly disposable and never fully switched back.
If I were at home, I'd go fully cloth. But I'm not. Hubby will have baby more than I, and he isn't keen on cloth (not based on experience, just instinct). Baby will likely be in part-time day care from 5 months, building up to around 3 days a week average.
We'd like to try for another baby with a relatively small gap so if successful we will have 2 in nappies, and in child care, at the same time.
The outlay, for the full cloth package, is significant. Any recommendations of either route/a mix, or other things I need to consider? Thanks!
20/01/2014 at 09:28
They're not like they used to be, most now are just like a disposable but you store in a bucket to wash.
Easiest ever, no stuffing, dry quickly, are bum genius free time my H loves them, easy to use.
Cheap cheap route- look at tiny nippers website. These are mainly pocket nappies, you stuff with 1 or 2 boosters then ready to use. Still easy to use but super cheap
Initial outlay can be as expensive or as cheap as you make it tbh.
If you dont get sucked into pretty patterns and customs etc you can buy cheap. But I guess theres not much point if the main caregivers aren't keen..
Something to discuss with them and if they show any interest i can do some recs....
20/01/2014 at 09:33
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20/01/2014 at 09:34
Mine wasn't all that keen on cloth, he only agreed because the cost of cloth vs 2-3 years of disposables was significantly less, plus you can sell them on again after. And because I wanted to and I was the one at home. But he's a convert now, can't beat a big fat cloth bum for cuteness!
A is still in the settling-in period at nursery but they have been very open to the cloth nappies despite not having used them before. I use all-in-ones and pocket nappies, and have been sending them the all-in-ones. I make them up at home - fold the inserts so they're thicker at the front (for a boy... thicker in the middle for a girl... sure you know this from Harry but just to refresh your memory!), put on the fleece liner and a paper liner then fold in half just to keep it all together. Then they can just put the nappy on him like a disposable, throwing away the used paper liner and putting the used nappy into a wetbag which I take home at the end of the day ready to bung in the wash.
It is a lot of washing/drying (for littlies probably once a day, now he's older it's more like once every other day or every 3 days, but he can go a long time as he's not a heavy wetter) so I do think the one at home needs to be happy for all that extra work.
Having two babies use the cloth will make the cash savings even more significant. It is a lot of money to begin with but overall the cost is definitely less, if you can resist buying more and more of the cute prints. I would get some velcro nappies for newborns/young babies as the popper ones are impossible on tinies, but once they're bigger, honestly, if I were to do it again I'd get pocket nappies from eBay. I like the Alvababy ones as they're a great fit and they have a website too. This works out really cheap but there are people who avoid for ethical reasons (made in China) and prefer the more expensive branded nappies. Of those nappies I love the BumGenius Freetimes as they are IMO the easiest nappies out there, dry really quickly too. But again A is not a heavy wetter/big poo-er, if your baby is then you might need a more bombproof 2-part system.
Also there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing a mixture of things, just be aware that you won't want to leave a bucket of used nappies around for days waiting for enough of them to do a wash. We often use disposables if staying at my parents for the weekend, sometimes cloth sometimes disposables just depends on our travelling method and A's mood!!
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