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03/05/2013 at 13:43
Right, I'm saying I'm going to give it a go this time round but every time I go to buy something I change my mind lol. Let me hear your pros and cons
I think my main cons at the moment are how long they can take to dry - I hate having a clothes horse up all the time and with an extra baby it's going to be bad enough with extra washing without nappies too
How bulky they are / can be
Spending the money having to try out different types to find the right ones to suit the baby
Think that's it for just now
03/05/2013 at 14:13
My cons are the same as yours Ally, but the pros I can see are:
Less cost over the time the child is in nappies, especially with resale value.
Better for the environment
Never likely to run out
They are so cute!
03/05/2013 at 14:29
Tell me your pros x
03/05/2013 at 14:41
More cost effective overall and not something else to add to the already increasing shopping bill!
lack of chemicals
baby doesn't smell wearing them (She stinks in some disposables)
Look cute (I always get lovely comments at baby weigh ins etc.)
Hold explodapoos far better than a disposable which lets the poo slip out of the side and up the back.
The don't 'fill up' as obviously as disposables. For some reason I hate seeing a full disposable nappy on a baby that hasn't been changed for a while.
Dealing with poo until they harden up!
Can be a bit bulkier under trousers, but this is less of a problem having a girl as tights and leggings are more stretchy so we use those more than jeans and trousers.
Unless you're prepared to use bamboo, they may not be as absorbent as a disposable, so more changes are required (not that I think that is a bad thing actually.)
03/05/2013 at 15:16
They are better for the environment
They are cheaper overall (although not if you keep buying them like I do!!)
Much softer on babies bum
Look super cute
Look cute on the washing line!
Contain poo so much better than disposables
Need to be rinsed before washing to get rid of poo stains
Bulky under trousers
Need changing regularly if you have a baby that wees a lot (like mine)
Hard to resist buying nappies you don't really need, just because they're cute
We've got vest extenders which mean we can put him in the right size vests for the rest of his body. It does mean we've had to move to 3-6 month babygros from some shops though (at 10 weeks).
One thing we have noticed is that Angus hates been wet, I mean really hates it, he cries as soon as the nappy feels wet, so we probably do a lot more changes than with a disposable. On the other hand, we're hoping it'll help with potty training when the time comes!
03/05/2013 at 15:17
Pros are the cost saving, environmental factors, I have no space in my wheelie bin as it is lol, theyte cute -although not as relevant with a boy IMO. My cons list is outweighing my pros so far. Although pros could get more when I start using them. Will see what my council pack is like before I buy anymore I think
03/05/2013 at 15:26
That's what I was going to say - you're getting a decent pack from them so you are as well waiting.
Really you can't go wrong with what they are sending you in terms of they will fit your baby and they are very reliable (If it is bamboozles they have won numerous awards and there is a reason for that). Thery are bulkier on a small baby as the poppers are fully popped but they slim down as baby grows and poppers get unpopped. Phoebe wears them under most normal trousers.
The drying is unavoidable and I pretty much constantly have two airers up, one for normal washing and one for nappies. The problem is the slim. quick drying nappies are also the ones that are more prone to leaks giving you more wahsing whereas the bulkier, longer drying nappies are the bomb proof ones. The bamboo ones are more tumble drier friendly than all in ones etc (just not the wraps in the tumble i wouldnt recommend that) but take an age to dry in winter.
IBut anyway, there's no rush to buy it all in, esp if you're not convinced there's no point wasting money until you try your council stuff and see how you like dealing with the poo lol :-)
03/05/2013 at 15:27
I've only been using cloth for a month or so but I'm hooked. They look fab (even on a boy) He doesn't smell at all - recently went to my nephews first birthday party and every baby that came near, stunk of wee! So much more space in our bins, and saved money as we've also switched to cloth wipes (makes sense as it can all go in the bucket) I used to spend a fortune on wipes. I don't change him anymore than I did with disposables, as I used to change quite regularly anyway. The environmental factor is nice too. We still use disposables over night, because although we've experimented, he just doesn't sleep as well in cloth over night (maybe it would have been different if we'd always used cloth?!) Saying this, I'm not sure I could have done cloth in the early days with runny poo...
03/05/2013 at 15:45
Thanks all, will send off for my Totsbots pack from the council then take it from there I think. As CK says, there's no rush :-)
03/05/2013 at 15:57
SC when you say rinsed I just do a cold rinse in the washer before the main wash so really its not even a con iyswim?
03/05/2013 at 16:01
Look so blimming gorgeous
Soft landing when they fall
All mine have been bought when on offer, so even though long term they're money saving, even more so if on offer!
He never smells. As above, i can smell if another baby has wee'd whereas you sometimes can't even tell if he's poo'd in cloth. Don't smell at all.
Iv found containment far better than sposies. 4 hours in the day. 12 at night. With disposable I have to hangs much more often due to smell/leaks
03/05/2013 at 16:02
Drying and stuffing although we have an airing room anyway for clothes and some radiator airers so really it makes no odds to us.
03/05/2013 at 16:04
Ally- are you getting them free from the council? May have to investigate this!
03/05/2013 at 17:16
I haven't used them, but we decided to go for cloth - the main reasons being:
- Comfort (I'd rather wear soft knickers than paper ones!)
- Cost overall
The other benefits, such as to the environment, are an added bonus but that wasn't our main priority. The cons as I see them and as my sister found:
- Initial cost (but we've been buying a few at a time on offer - not paid full price for any yet)
- The time / effort required for washing them and drying time
- My sister found them a nightmare at night as her babies hated being wet and she found she was having to change them several times in a night, and sometimes even the bedding got wet. Her eldest is 10yrs though so none of her nappies are newer than that - I think the designs now are much better. All of hers were also cotton, and I think bamboo is better for absorbency.
Ally, what's the council thing you can get?
Other cloth nappy people - how many have you got and what sort of sizes? I keep wanting to buy more but H has banned me Not sure how many is 'enough', especially not knowing how big baby will be when it arrives!
03/05/2013 at 17:23
Missus S - rinsing is only a pain for us as we have white meter electricity so we run our wash overnight. I have to remember to rinse them before we go to bed, then set a delay on the wash as I can't set the washing machine to rinse, then wash.
03/05/2013 at 17:45
How many do you have mrs 50s. I honestly dont know how many but i'd say 30 is more than enough. X
03/05/2013 at 18:00
Thanks for all the answers, lots to consider
For those who asked, a lot of councils offer some sort of deal if you use cloth
I emailed mine and they don't give cash like a lot of them do (I think a few people on here said they can claim £30 back) but they sent me a voucher that I send to Totsbots and they send me a pack which contains nappies, wraps, boosters, liners and a mesh net. Pretty good scheme :-)
03/05/2013 at 21:08
So far we have:
- 12 x totsbots stretchies (6 size 1, 6 size 2)
- 11 x little lambs (all size 1 - up to 20lbs)
- 3 x bumgenius freetime
They're our 'main' ones, but we have inherited 24 motherease from my sister, but they're the 10 y/o ones so not such good designs, eg no stretchy legs etc and all terry's cotton rather than bamboo (we opted for bamboo for all our new ones).
Wrap-wise we haven't bought too many as we inherited loads of motherease with poppers from my sister, so we've got 2 totsbots wraps (they don't look very good quality tbh) and 7 little lamb which look great.
Ally your council scheme seems fab, we get £30 cashback if we spend more than £50, which is better than nothing but in reality doesn't go very far!
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