Trying Reusable Nappies With My Toddler…

So, we’ve made the plunge and started the switch over to reusable nappies!

Why have we decided to do this, especially given the fact that Max is two and a half? Well…

  • I am sick and tired of our black bin getting full within days of the bin collection day.
  • Disposables take 500 years to decompose… which is horrifying.
  • I’m trying to be more conscious of the environment; reusables is a good way to do your bit.
  • I’m stingy. We’ve just got married, and we bought our house last year, so we want to save money.
  • Better late than never! Every little helps.

It was just getting ridiculous. Max pisses like a horse, and poops up to three times a day sometimes, so our black bin fills up so quickly, and it’s difficult for us to get to the tip with my husband’s work hours. I don’t know why I didn’t start with reusable nappies in the first instance… financially, we couldn’t afford the initial outlay costs, despite the long term savings, but we were very lucky to recently be gifted a large amount by our group moderator Nikita who is a cloth bum mum! It was the perfect opportunity to at least give it a crack.

My first impression was that they seemed thicker and less flexible than the disposable pampers pull ups we’d been using – Max is a very active child, so flexibility is really important. Luckily, the stretchiness of the leg hem meant that they weren’t too stiff on him, and he’s able to run around like a rocket as usual.

We use two bamboo inserts rather than two, to increase absorbency, and have found we don’t haven to change his nappy any more often! We were using inserts to catch poo which can then be flicked into the toilet, but the inserts aren’t biodegradable, plus we found that if they’re not placed correctly, Max’s wee was running off them and out of the side of the nappy rather than into the absorbent part of the nappy so ever since we stopped using them, we’ve had no leaks and have continued dropping poop in the toilet and using our sterilant bucket soak then a hot wash to achieve clean nappies.

I get that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, washing poopy cloth nappies in the washing machine… but the sterilant soak before a hot wash in a normal load of laundry removes the majority of muck and it’s honestly not hard to cleanse and refresh the soaking bucket regularly! It may be a little extra work but think about all the money saved in the long run, all the extra bin space, and the good you’re doing for the environment! For us, it’s worth it.

Trying out the bumblebee nappy!

What are the benefits of reusable nappies?

  • Far more environmentally friendly.
  • Minimal impact on your laundry loads – people assume you’ll be doing loads more laundry, this isn’t true at all.
  • They come in all sorts of funky patterns.
  • They save hundreds of pounds in the long run and can be used with future babies.
  • No putrid shitty nappies stewing in the black bin attracting local cats and other fauna… vom.

The negatives I’ve found…

  • I’m so used to disposables, and struggle to gauge how full the reusable nappies are (we put two bamboo inserts in rather than one) so we’ve had a few leaks.
  • It’s difficult jumping from disposables straight into reusables… but we’ll get there. I think this wouldn’t have been an issue had we used reusable nappies from birth.

In all honesty, I’m really happy that we’ve made the change and feel like it’s something we can continue doing.

Many mummies mention transitioning gradually; slowly decreasing their disposable nappy use as they become used to the reusable nappies, and that is fine! It’s what we did, and gently phased out the disposable nappies. It’s good to have some as an emergency backup though!

We’re planning a feature on environmentally friendly parenting in the next few weeks so watch this space to learn more about all the ways you can help the environment. We’ll be looking at different brands of reusable nappies and getting feedback from other cloth bum mums to address misconceptions!

Love from Katie! Xx

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