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02/09/2013 at 11:23
ok despite having 2 children, im clueless on cloth nappies. im not saying i want to use them for another baby, but i just cant work out the logistics of them and i want to know about them, and also you can get really lovely covers (are they called covers??) and well, i want them
so daft questions ahoy
what do you need? i know you need the cloth nappy, but do you put a liner in it? and then is the cover over it? or is the really pretty designs the actual nappy?
also i take it at nappy changes you bin the liner? or is it washed?
i take it its moved on from when my mum had us and had a pail of water to soak them in?
is it really expensive to set up but then obviously there isnt a cost after that initial set up?
what about when out and about? what do you do?
so! tell me all you know, as you can see im pretty clueless
02/09/2013 at 11:36
I'm sure an expert will be along soon but I've been using them for a month or so and not 100% sure we'll continue. I've spent around £100 so far but I got a tots bots set from my council which had loads in it. My money worry is that the nappies I have are prone to leaks when they're bigger so I'll probably have the expense of having to buy different ones when that happens. I also hate how bulky they are under some of his clothes
You can get all in one nappies that don't need a wrap or the 2 parters where you have the nappy then the wrap over it. The all in ones I have are so easy, just like putting a normal nappy on. I put a fleece liner in them and when needed you can add boosters to absorb more
You get flushable and washable wipes. I don't like the flushable ones as they tend to just bunch up abd don't actually catch the poo
You just dry pail, we have a bucket in the downstairs loo we chuck them in
Out and about I have a wet bag and just put the dirty nappies in it then put them in the bucket when I get home
02/09/2013 at 11:44
You can put liners in them - there's disposable, fleece (which are washable) and silk (mainly for nappy rash). Some nappies need to have a wrap, which is the waterproof layer, and will go over the nappy. These are called 2 parters and I mainly use them for night time. Some nappies and the waterproof part built-in, but they come in different setups - pocket nappies require stuffing with inserts(the absorbent bit), whether they're microfibre, bamboo or hemp. Others have the absorbent part built-in, or needs to be attached to the outer wrap by poppers. It's all dry-pailing now, chuck the nappy in the bucket and when you wash them, you give them a prewash, the main wash and several rinses to get the detergent out (my washing machine already has this cycle so I just shove it on at night for cheap electric). It is expensive to begin with and quite addictive, but i've now got a set of nappies that I'm happy with and will fit L till she's potty training. If there's any I don't need, I can sell them on. When out and about, I pack some nappies and the dirty ones get chucked into a wet bag for washing. It's no different from using disposables except that you wash them.
You either have an all in one nappy or a pocket nappy which when assembled are just like a disposable ie one piece, no cover. The nappy has a waterproof lining. These can be patterned, yes. Most popular for day time use as they're good but won't last more than 3-4 hours. Then at night time people tend to use a 2 parter nappy, so a more absorbent nappy which needs a waterproof wrap. These are usually bomb proof and last all night. I've never ever had a leak.
I didn't use liners until weaning as you don't really need to with BF poo. You can use fleece liners which is just a piece of fleece which you flick the poo off into the loo then wash the fleece with your nappies. Or you can have disposable liners which you just scoop the poo up with and flush or bin.
You don't soak anymore, that will shorten the life of most nappies.
When out and about I just wrap the nappy back up and put in my bag if only wee. Pooey ones I will put in a nappy bag.
They really aren't much different to disposables. They are expensive as you make them them. You can get some really cheap nappies on eBay or preloved so could save a fortune. Unless you get addicted and want to go buying £40+ customs!
02/09/2013 at 12:38
I've given up pretending it has saved me money - but thats because its my 'thing' and i lile to try everything lol.
I like reuseable things :-)
Theres always a cost due to washing/drying etc But you can save money if you buy smart.
They've moved on a lot from a wet bucket. We use reuseable liners. Poo gets flicked or washed down loo.
Cant remember what else you asked lol
02/09/2013 at 12:49
I'm using cloth fir the first time with no 3 and loving it! I'll reply properly later when on laptop
02/09/2013 at 22:51
I love them!!
We have some all in ones, so the pretty bit is the outside of the nappy, and then we just put a fleece liner in it. We also have two parters, so we have the terry nappy, and then the pretty wrap (the cover bit) which we also put fleece liners in. We've never used disposable liners, we now just flush the poo (yay for solid poos!!)
We have a bucket beside the changing mat that we chuck them in, and they go straight from there into the washing machine. If there are a few pooey ones we put them on a rinse cycle first, but usually we don't bother.
I got 20 nappies, liners and wraps for £50, so it would have been reasonable cheap for us, but then I went and bought loads of pretty ones too!!
We take spares out with us, and I always make sure I put a clean one on A just before we go anywhere to try and limit nappy changes. We then have a wet bag which we put the dirty nappy in, until we get home.
If you are going to use cloth nappies you NEED cheeky wipes too!!! According to my H they are our best baby buy!! Until we weaned him A never had nappy rash and I'm sure it was because we used cheeky wipes and cloth nappies, so there were limited chemicals on his skin.
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