One of my biggest money savers during Jasper’s first year has been the use of cloth nappies.
I think they are becoming more and more widely used which is great and these days they could not be easier. I can’t remember who it was who commented on the fact that in their day cloth nappies meant wrapping your baby in terry toweling and using a massive safety pin to secure it before leaving them to soak in a bucket for hours on end- but it is not like that anymore!
For Jasper once he was 10 weeks old I started our cloth nappy journey. I must have scoured the entire internet looking for different options and getting tips here and there. I decided pocket nappies sounded good to try and so began my search for a good deal. Although cloth nappies save you cash in the long term the initial cost can be off putting. I thought afterwards it would have made sense to put the cost of a pack of disposable nappies aside every week whilst I was pregnant and by the end I would have had more than enough to set us up with cloth nappies. Anyway, I came across Baba and Boo and liked the informative website and all the gorgeous designs (one of my reasons for choosing these nappies in the first place!). The big seller for me though was the starter packs! Everything I needed to get going for a very reasonable price.
I bought a starter kit and off we went! With very few teething troubles. I built up my stash nappy by nappy and now have about 30 that I need to wash every two days on average. This will vary though depending on how heavy a wetter the baby is. The nappies are birth to potty so last and last. With pocket nappies you can increase the absorbency by adding boosters to the pocket but I never really have until these last few months.
Once the nappy is dirty I put it in a nappy bucket (with lid!). To wash I give them a cold rinse in the machine and then put them on a daily wash with a scoop of non-bio. I dry them in the tumble dryer because I am impatient but they dry on radiators super fast or now the weather is getting nicer I can put them on the line and have them all dry in a few hours.
Also did I mention the gorgeous patterns you can get?!
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