Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

On tinyhuman management. Nappies: from disposable to real/cloth

Sister-out-law brought over a big pile of cloth nappies last week and we started using them in earnest last weekend. Earlier, I’d bought three medium-sized Bambooty Real Nappies, which are amazing but eye-wateringly expensive. I put Humuhumu in them at night because they’re so amazingly absorbent - comparable to a disposable - and keep her pretty dry until morning. I’ll probably invest in three more when she outgrows these, but unless I have another baby, I won’t spend the cash to put her in them all the time.

The cloth nappies from sister-out-law consist of a simple foldable insert in three sizes (Humuhumu is presently in the smallest) and adjustable “waterproof” wrapper. I put waterproof in quotation marks because some of them have been laundered so many times that they’ve rather lost that quality. I find I have to change her much more frequently than I did with disposables because the cloth inserts simply don’t absorb as much. Also, I’m now doing two loads of laundry per day instead of one. However, her skin is a lot less irritated than it was with the disposables. I had to put Sudocream on her every time I changed a disposable. Now I don’t need it at all. I’m not sure whether this is due to the breathability of the cloth or if it’s just that I change her more frequently - probably a bit of both.

I’m not sure what I’ll do when she goes to nursery. Anyone have experience of how it works if they know you choose to use cloth nappies? Do you bring a pile of clean ones with you in the morning and cart home the dirty ones at night? Or do you just accept that they’ll be in disposables at nursery and use cloth at home? I’m not militantly environmentalist enough to insist that they keep her in cloth, but it’d be nice if I could minimize the amount I put in landfill, given the already enormous size of my carbon footprint.
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