As promised here’s the exciting nappy news!
We started off using disposable nappies with Tobin and things didn’t seem too bad, we had bought a load of nappies in advance (when money was plentiful!) plus with what the little one was doing in his nappies at the beginning, I was very pleased to be able to throw the offending items away!
After about a month, we had gone through our stash, had very full bins and a bit of a pongy house. I spoke to a friend of mine who not only uses real nappies on her children but also runs a website and works with her local council promoting and selling real nappies. Local councils are behind washable nappies in a big way because of the environmental benefits (the only thing that gets thrown away are the liners so much more eco-friendly compared to bins of nappies) and in a lot of cases, you can get incentives from the council in the form of cash back (ranging from £25-£30) when you purchase nappies.
We decided to give the nappies a try and after getting a sample pack of nappies from my friend and trying them out it seemed clear to us that real nappies were the way to go. We ordered some one size pocket nappies (made by Bumgenius) which will fit Tobin from 8 pounds through to 35 pounds (and hopefully that will be potty training time) which is excellent. We looked at the cost as at first, the cost does seem high but when you think that one set of nappies should last right through to potty training it really does make sense.
At present we have 14 nappies (in rather super blue, green and white..other colours are available but as we’ve got a boy we went for these colours) which I wash every other day. Obviously, the more you buy the less frequently you need to run the washer but I find every other day is fine (leaves me a day in between to wash the mountains of clothes we get through). They last longer per use than disposables because they are much more absorbent and kinder to your baby’s bum because of this. For example, Tobin sleeps through the night and his nappy keeps all of the moisture in no problem.
Now I’m not saying that disposables aren’t good, they are handy and just work better for some people but I personally am so glad we use real nappies. Having tried both and still occasionally popping Tobin in a disposable the difference is massive and I know which I prefer and Tobin seems much happier in the real nappies.
To check out real nappies and what offers are available please visit my friend’s site www.softbots.co.uk. If you have any questions Sarah is only too happy to help and so knowledgeable on the products, your in good hands.