Connie's Reusable Nappy Journey

Why did you start thinking about using cloth nappies?


I hated the thought of the environmental impact of disposable nappies. All that waste! I wanted to do my bit to reduce how much we throw away. I had also just switched to cloth sanitary pads before I was pregnant, so it made sense.


When did you start looking into it?


Before Edie was born I looked into it, but found the range of products totally overwhelming. I decided I would wait until she was born and then make the switch once I had got used to our new routine. That took a lot lot longer than I thought it would so I wish I had just taken the plunge and done it from birth when it was all new anyway.


What were any concerns/misconceptions you had before you started? How did you overcome these?


My main concern was understanding the different types and also the washing. There was conflicting advice and some people seemed quite hardcore about how it should or shouldn't be done! Practice makes perfect, so just getting stuck in anyway was the best thing. Also don't sweat mistakes. I just put fabric softener in with mine by accident when I was tired. It happens. They wont be forever ruined.


When did you start using cloth nappies? How did you find it?


When my daughter was about 7 months I bought a starter kit from tots bots and I was hooked. We didn't end up using that brand long term because I found them a little small on my chunky girl, but they were a brilliant introduction. I sold on those nappies for nearly full price too so nothing wasted.


How did you get past any issues you found? Where did you go for advice?


My main issue was leaks with all in ones or pockets. I got advice from the Nappy Lady and decided to try two parters instead which had come in the starter kit I bought.


Following that I bought some Bambinex bamboo fitted nappies from them with a wrap, which were recommended because they are much bigger than other brands, and they worked so well for us. No leaks!


Any tips or tricks?


No tricks! Just advice!


The way to get my husband on board was by keeping it simple. We have 20 fitted nappies, 20 liners and 5 wraps. That works well because they're all the same and the fit is less of an issue in 2 parters I find.


My other advice is don't be heartbroken if you're not always a perfectly green cloth mum. My daughter ends up in disposables on a bad day and we still use them at night. She's a terrible sleeper and I found a big night nappy was just not comfortable for her. We often got leaks at night and it made it less stressful for us as a family to just put her in a Pampers overnight. It's one nappy a day and I refuse to feel guilty about it!


Favourite brand?


Blueberry capri wraps over the Bambinex bamboo fitted nappy is what we use daily.

Favourite print?


At the moment I love this Blueberry cherry blossom and koi print because it's so perfect for spring!





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