There are heaps of reasons why people choose reusable nappies, but I’m going to tell you a little bit about my own personal reasons. If you asked me four years ago why I chose cloth, my answers would be very different to now. I initially got interested purely for the two top reasons; saving money and saving the planet, but four years is a long time, especially for the fickle minded like me!
First time around with Arthur (who is long out of nappies!) me and my hubby were at the baby show and we stumbled across the Tots Bots stand, who were offering great prices on bundles of factory seconds. I hadn’t even considered cloth before that day. We didn’t know anyone that used cloth so it was completely new to us. We immediately fell in love with the idea and the gorgeous prints from Tots Bots had us sold. A combination of being new parents, lack of support and poor wash routine (who knew about the cardinal sin of fabric conditioner?) was a combination set to fail. With Eli things were completely different. I set myself up well, researched properly and was determined from the word go to succeed. So here it is…
Number One: Addiction (replace this with numbers 2-10 also)
This was definitely not my reasoning for starting out with cloth! Initially I added a *few* Bambino mio miosolos to my Tots Bots V3s but I soon started craving the next new pattern and before I knew it I had pretty much every print. It just went on from there. The Tots Bots Easyfit Star came out around that time and they soon became a goto nappy. I also starting collecting (in no particular order) Milovia, Bumgenius, Smart Bottoms, Best Bottoms, Little Lamb, Tickle Tots, Grovia and a few other bits and bobs. The addiction is real, people. I have always been a collector of ‘things’ so this was second nature to me (remember Whimsies?) and I loved trawling the selling pages looking for bargains.
Number Two: Money
Notice how I haven’t titled this ‘saving money’, because if you follow my page you will know I definitely can’t use this argument to endorse my use of cloth. What I will say is that there are lots of statistics to confirm that using cloth nappies can save you cash in the long term. I’m not going to quote any here as there can be so many variables including brand, wash routine, water hardness, amount of children in cloth etc, and I don’t want to start a debate! If you ask my hubby, the answer of course will be that I love to ‘spend money’, so that should probably be the title.
Number Three: The Planet
I’m pretty sure this reason would be on every single list of a person using cloth nappies. Despite arguments about the impact of manufacturing and washing routines, there is no doubt that using reusables is a thumbs up for the environment. I know there would be people out there that would look at my stash of nappies in horror and perhaps suggest that having so many is unnecessary (say what? I hear you say). The way I see it is my nappies are really well cared for and in immaculate condition. When I finish with them they will be passed on to new bums to love. I lend my friends nappies if they want to give cloth a go, I also repair nappies to give to charity too. So all in all they have years of love in them. I’m sure everyone is familiar with the statistic suggesting disposable nappies will take 500+ years to decompose!
Number Four: Health Sense
It is widely acknowledged that disposables may harbour chemicals that could be bad for your skin or ultimately health. I don’t want to be scaremongering anyone so I’m going to avoid any details as I’ve seen people berating themselves for using ‘sposies’ like they are some kind of evil parents. Lets face it, we all do what we have to do to get through each and everyday without any major trauma, and this is different for each and every one of us. Parenting is challenging enough without finding a stick to beat yourself with. I think if you even consider making the switch to cloth then that’s awesome.
Number Five: Happy Baby
Eli has been in cloth since he was three weeks old and not a single disposable since that day. I was unable to start from birth as we had a bit of a rough ride and I just couldn’t cope with anything else at the time (but that story is for another day). I also use reusable wipes soaked in coconut oil mixed with lavender and tea tree. Eli has never once had a nappy rash or any soreness of any kind. That is my experience, full stop.
Number Six: Poonami *insert emoji here*
When I used disposables with Arthur, I was constantly having to change entire outfits because of mega poop explosions! I have never (yet) had a poo leak out of a cloth nappy. If you get a good fit on your baby, with snug elastic around the legs and across the back, the dreaded poo should stay put and ‘code brown’ will be a thing only of nightmares.
Number Seven: R&R
Call me crazy (just one more time), but I just love washing my nappies! I am by no stretch a domestic goddess, in fact my husband will tell you I shirk most of my housework duties (and I’m pretty lazy). However, when it comes to washing my cloth I love to take really good care of them and see them all hanging up clean and out to dry. I even like the stuffing and folding bit, it’s like a form of relaxation!
Number Eight: Style
I am probably one of the least fashion conscious, stylish people you would meet but when it comes to nappies and clothes for my boys I just love picking out all the amazing prints to put them in. I also have a love for shopping small and there are some beautiful organic clothing companies that are cut for cloth. Maybe I’m living my life vicariously through my kids?
Number Nine: Marriage
I am incredibly lucky to have a husband who is understanding and forgiving, so every time I buy new nappies he rolls his eyes and says ‘really, do you need more nappies’ and that is (normally) his objection over and done with. I see a lot of comments on social media from women with partners who are less supportive with their use of cloth and in some cases refuse to use it which must be really tough. So yes, it may sound trite, but nappies remind me of how lucky I am to have such an awesome man in my life.
Number Ten: Connections
This has probably become one of my top reasons for loving cloth nappies. I’m a member of several social media groups that support the use of cloth. Generally speaking, there are some amazing people out there who are happy to give their time and advice to anyone needing support with their cloth journey. I am one of those people. I have made connections with such lovely people in the cloth nappy community, far and wide, people who I would never have met under other circumstances.