Cloth isn’t scary
Cloth Isn’t Scary
While doing baby shows and nappy demos to new or expectant parents, the team here at the Great British Nappy Hunt have lost count of the number of parents who are reluctant to try cloth nappies. Sure, they agree with lots of the pros of reusable nappies, but disposables are just so safe and cloth is scary…. isn’t it?!
So let’s dispel some of those common myths…
Cloth is scary because it is complicated to use.
FALSE: Your mums and grandmas will think you are mad when you tell them you are planning to use cloth and scare you with tales of wet pails, boil washes, pins and plastic pants. Luckily modern cloth nappies are pretty much as simple to use as a disposable. All-in-one nappies are shaped just like a disposable and simply Velcro or popper onto your baby. Once it is dirty just pop in a dry lidded bucket, or waterproof bag, until washday comes and let your washing machine do all the hard work. It really is simple once you try it!
Cloth nappy user Emma Briggs was sure they would be complicated: “When I first started looking to use cloth nappies I was worried that it was going to be really complicated. There were so many different nappy systems, boosters, liners, wet bags, pails etc to choose from. It didn’t take long to work out a system that would suit us and once we actually started to use the nappies it was incredibly straightforward and we quickly fell into a full time routine.”
Cloth is scary because you will get loads of leaks.
FALSE: Reusable nappies should last around 3 hours before you would get a leak from wee. The initial switch may take a bit of remembering to change as regularly, but lets face it, its pretty nasty to leave a baby in any nappy for more than this anyway. And poo leaks – they cower in the face of cloth nappies! Amanda from Baby Bum Boutique is currently cloth nappy-ing her newborn, and hasn’t had a single poo leak to date (despite some seriously runny and explosive poos). If correctly fitted and boosted, cloth nappies are often less leaky than disposables – as confirmed by our fan Katherine Stevenson: “I was worried about leaks – especially poo leaks. Imagine my joy when I found cloth contains poo SOOOOOOO much better than disposables!”
Cloth is scary because it costs so much money
FALSE: The upfront cost of reusable nappies can look like a lot, but it can vary considerably. It is possible to set up with a full load of cloth nappies (15) for as little as £60 if you choose budget brands. Even if branded nappies are your choice you will be able to kit yourself out for around £250. It is easy to spend over £1 a day on disposable nappies, so within 2 months you could have your money back and go on to use the nappies for 3 more years!
Cloth is scary because there are so many brands and types to choose from:
TRUE – it can be really confusing looking online at different nappies, especially when you have no experience of what they look and feel like. We recommend you get in touch with one of our experienced retailers who can guide you to a brand they would recommend for your personal circumstances. Many places will give you personal demos of the nappies to help with your decision too.
Cloth is scary because I will constantly be washing and drying
FALSE – As long as you get a reasonable number of nappies (15-20) washing will not take over your life! Even with a newborn, getting through around 8 nappies a day, this will give you 2 days worth before you need to wash – simple pop the nappies in the machine after the second day and press go. Much quicker than heading to the shops to buy more disposables. 3 extra loads a week on average will take you less than 30 minutes to wash and hang up to dry.
Modern cloth nappies are often made with materials that are designed to be very quick drying – for example microfibre nappies will easily dry overnight on an airer in a warm room. If you are really tight for time, you can even tumble dry nearly all nappies on a low heat.
Our fan Chantelle Michael confirms this was a fear of hers: “I was worried having to wash and stuff nappies would be so much more extra work…it really isn’t! I actually find hanging my nappies puts me in an instant happy mood and stuffing them is very therapeutic!”
Cloth is scary because it is bulky and will stop my child sitting/crawling/learning to walk.
FALSE – Yes cloth nappies by their nature are a little bit more bulky than disposables (though if you consider the huge bulk of a wet disposable we would argue they aren’t!), but they do not restrict movement of your little one. Several members of the GBNH team have had children who walked before 12 months despite being in cloth from birth. In fact, cloth nappies are often recommended in cases of hip dysplasia, as they hold the legs in a slightly wider position that is better for hip joints.
So there you have it – most of the reasons to NOT use cloth nappies are simply not true and there are so many reasons to give them a go. Who wouldn’t want such a cute squishy nappy on your little one’s bottom? Especially when it will save several thousand nappies from going into landfill, and save you hundreds of pounds over the time your child is in nappies. Please pledge to try a cloth nappy today, and if you already use them to share with your friends that cloth isn’t scary!
If you want more information on cloth nappies take a look over here and watch our for our regular ‘cloth clinic’ sessions that are held on the Great British Nappy Hunt Facebook page.