Amy looks at why real nappies have worked for her and Esme…
Unbelievably Esme is now six months old, so we have six months of using real nappies under our belt, and I have to say I love them; well, as much as anyone can love a nappy!! We have a few different styles of nappy, from the flat bamboo square to the shaped nappy, some with poppers, some with Velcro and some which use ‘nappy nippas’; some are birth to potty which are very economical! And all use the separate waterproof wraps. The wraps come in all sorts of designs and so look quite cute when on; she is a very stylish girl!!
The main concern people have over using real nappies is the amount of washing they will generate. Yes they do need washing , unless you use a laundry service, but I have found that I need to do a nappy wash roughly every other day or every third day as babies ‘go’ much more in the early days, so the amount of nappies they get through really decreases after the first couple of months. However, I have found that washable nappies actually reduces the amount of other washing I need to do – whenever I have used disposable nappies, I have found the disposables have a far greater tendency to leak. As a result of using disposables I have had to do far more washing of baby clothes, bedding, blankets, and even my clothes when the leak is quite dramatic!
So I combine real and disposable nappies? Yes. I have found that, because real nappies are more bulky, I can only fit a couple of them in the baby changing bag (not enough for a day out), so I do admit to using disposables when out and about. Also whenever away on holiday or away for the night there is no way I am going to pack a load of washable nappies and then wash and dry them while away; so its disposables for holidays. I think the message is if you are using real nappies , don’t feel that you have to only use these, there are occasions when even disposables are an easier option and so the two can be combined.
But aren’t real nappies more expensive? Maybe initially, but they pay for themselves in the long run. Also, you don’t have to buy them new. The thought of second hand nappies may not sound that palatable, but after a thorough wash they are as good as new. And if you are still a bit squeamish about it you can always wash them in nappy sanitiser. I got all my nappies second hand, and so in total I’ve spend just £50 on nappies that should see Esme through to potty training; I do love a bargain! Also I took up the offer of the Trafford Council real nappy incentive scheme and so got a further £50 worth of nappies for free – an excellent scheme.