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30/06/2013 at 11:22
OK so bubs is due in 5 weeks and we had our ante natal class yesterday where they were pushing cloth nappies.
I have always been quite keen to use them but OH wasn't interested (or so I thought!) so we were just going to use disposables but DH was quite interested in them yesterday so think we may use them.
Did you buy brand new/ second hand?
Which ones did you use?
How much did it cost?
Do you just use cloth or a mixture?
30/06/2013 at 12:27
We bought a compete kit of TotsBots at the baby show - 15 all-in-ones, 5 bamboo night nappies, 2 wraps, bucket, and fleece liners. Cost a small fortune and I'd definitely not recommend it.
I only have new nappies, pre-loved nappies are so popular but just not for me. There are lots of Facebook selling groups for them.
We only have TotsBots which if I'm honest I don't recommend and some eBay cheapies. I much prefer the eBay ones, there are much more reliable than TotsBots and a fraction of the cost. I think I will invest in some BumGenius free times next as have heard great things about these.
Pros - Very cute, much nicer on their bum than disposables, no weekly cost, cheap (unless you get addicted to buying new cute nappies)
Cons- Extra washing (although I don't find this as bad as I thought), costabg nappies drying all over the house, leaks until you find what works for you.
I think our starter kit cost around £300, not too sure though. A decent all in one will cost you around £13 I think.
We just use cloth but I know people who use disposables when out or at night.
30/06/2013 at 12:28
If you don't mind second hand I would buy a few different brands until you see what works for you then you could sell others on and stock up on what you like.
30/06/2013 at 12:32
I haven't started using mine yet (6 weeks till baby) but am all prepared. I can say what I've got but obviously can't say whether they worked or not yet!
I've bought a mixture of new and preloved, just a few of each type for now until we work out what we get on with.
I've got some Little Lambs bamboo with Little Lambs wraps, Bummis wraps and Bambino Mio wraps - these are sized. I've also got Bumgenius, Tots Bots, Ones and Twos, Close Pop Ins, Bambino Mio Solos, Little Lamb OSFAs and cheapies - these are all birth to potty so adjust as you go.
The pros for me are less overall cost, less waste and they are far prettier than disposables.
I've probably spent less than £100 so far and have enough to use full time, if any of the ones we have don't work for us then I will sell on so we can get others. There's a couple of really good preloved pages on FB.
I'm planning to use disposables for the first fortnight or so whilst I recover from my section and settle into life with 3, then hoping to use cloth full time.
Marmite, Stripey, CK, Mrs Claus and others are the real experts on here, hopefully they will be along at some point.
30/06/2013 at 12:54
Well the first thing I'd say is its addictive! This is baby no 3 but the first I have used cloth with and I so wish I had used them with the other 2. We have been using them since about a week old and are full time now (H uses the odd disposable but I am slowly converting him!). She's 6 weeks now. I wash them about every 2-3 days but building up so that I on,y have to wash every 3-4 days. I have a heated airer for days I can't get them outside to dry.
I started out by buying a variety to try, some new, some preloved.
I have a huge selection now but the ones I use most are bimbles, tots biots teeny fit, tots bots easy fits, Bumgenius newborn, Bumgenius BTP v4. I have some others that she needs to grow into as well. For nighttime I use little lamb bamboos or tots bots bamboozle stretches - both last the whole night and never had a leak.
My preference is also Velcro over poppers.
What I would say is that I don't think the BTP really are from birth. They just swamp a newborn. It's only now that I am starting to out M in them. Up to now we have been using the bimbles, teeny fits and bg newborns. I recommend all of them.
I've spent a stupid amount to be honest but I have some I can sell on now as I am getting used to what works/what I like best plus I am building up my stockpile so that I have around 4 days worth. 90% of my stash is preloved and I probably have 30-40 nappies now!
30/06/2013 at 12:59
Oh and you can get the tots bots trial kit for £23 incl postage with code BTRIALP131. I have 2!
30/06/2013 at 13:13
I switched over a couple of weeks ago for L and haven't looked back. I love cloth nappies! Check out The Nappy Lady and Fill Your Pants websites as they have a questionnaire to fill in to give you recommendations. I have a mixture of preloved and new nappies. It's trial and error to find nappies that fit your baby much like disposables, but they do have a good resale value if you need to sell them on. If you do get into cloth nappies, buy a couple of each one that you get recommended and go from there.
I'm using Little Lamb bamboo nappies and wraps (Little Lamb/Blueberry) for nighttime as I haven't had any leaks. During the day, I use Close Pop-ins and Bumgenius Freetimes. I also use Bambino Miosolos but I'm not happy with these so I'll end up selling them. I think I've spent under £300 on nappies but I'll make that back in the long term. Shop around for nappies and some of the nappy websites have discount codes to help with the costs.
30/06/2013 at 13:16
Also, check with your local council, they might provide cloth nappies for you to try as well as money back offers.
30/06/2013 at 21:02
I would definitely recommend doing The Nappy Lady's questionnaire, she knows just about everything there is to know about cloth! Then if you don't mind pre-loved, buy a selection of different nappies to try.
We also bought a TotsBots kit and didn't get on with them. I know a lot of people rave about them, but the EasyFits just don't work for E. she is very long, very skinny, with skinny thighs and power wees! TBH, I've really struggled with most all-in-ones because of this. We've also tried BumGenius Freetimes, eBay cheapies, Bambino Miosolos, Itti Bitti Tuttos, Charlie Banana AIO, Real Easy by HipHip Baby, Happy Heiny and Bambootys. The Tuttos and Charlie Banana are the only ones we've kept, though I'll still only reach for them when my two part nappies are all in the wash or drying.
Two parters (fitted nappies with wraps) are my go-to nappies. I have Little Lamb bamboo, TotsBots Bamboozle Stretchies and TotsBots Fluffles for night time; and Little Lamb Microfibre, Motherease Onesize and TotsBots Cotton Tots for day time. I use a mixture of Little Lamb wraps, Blueberry Coveralls and Motherease Rikkis.
For me the biggest pro is not having chemicals next to E's skin. I've probably saved some money, but I think the true cost saving will be if we get to use the nappies for a second baby (I have all our size ones stored in a vacuum bag just in case!). They are also majorly cute!
Cons, extra washing, though this really isn't that bad. Since Eliana really took off with solid food I do feel like I end up getting far close to her poo than if I were using sposies! I have had some negativity from my mum, but I guess that's more her issue than mine.
I really do love my cloth though, would recommend it to anyone! (And can clearly talk about it loads!!)
01/07/2013 at 09:15
Thanks all, that's really useful.
I shall go and do the questionnaire now...
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