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Laura's Reusable Nappy Journey

Why did you start thinking about using cloth nappies?

When I was pregnant I saw some social media posts from other mums about them and loved the designs - so much cuter than disposable nappies! We were also looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment and to save money. Biodegradable single use nappies are great but so expensive, so reusable nappies are definitely a happy combination of reducing environmental impact and saving money.

When did you start looking into it?

We looked into it before Isaac was born but decided that it would be easier to start with disposable nappies, because there is so much to think about at the newborn stage, and then wait until he was a little bit older before purchasing. We got lots of recommendations from friends while we were looking into it.

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

My main concerns were how messy it would be! Would there be leaks and how messy would they be to sort out? Another friend gave me loads of advice about trying different ways of folding the nappies to avoid leaks and to make changing easier which helped me feel more confident about going for it.

When did you start using cloth nappies?

We started using cloth nappies when Isaac was a few months old. My husband ordered a sample nappy with a couple of liners to try out and we loved it so ordered a full Birth to Potty pack. It was quite a large initial outlay but knowing how many nappies we go through, I can't imagine how much we would've spent over the years on disposable nappies!

How did you find it?

We found it took a little while to get used to them and find out the best way to use them, but once we got going, we loved them and still do now and Isaac is 20 months old! My favourite thing is all the beautiful prints and how cute he looks running around in his nappy!

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

We have had some issues with leaks occasionally but given some of the explosive nappies you get when they are tiny I think a disposable nappy would also have leaked! A friend gave me advice on folding the nappies to create a thicker section at the front and on how to make sure the sides are tucked right in to avoid leaks. We also had some issues with the nappies not being fully clean after washing and found some advice on a website called 'The Nappy Lady' about making sure you do a rinse cycle before washing and that really helped.

Any tips or tricks?

We add a booster at nap time and fold the nappy with a thicker part at the front to absorb more. We also try to tuck in the nappy around the leg creases to help avoid leaks! Don't be afraid to mix and match items from different brands, we use Tots Bots liners with our Bambino Mio nappies. It's OK not to use your cloth nappies all the time - we use disposable nappies for nursery and nappy pants at night time because he sleeps through and can leak, but we are still using way less disposable nappies than we would without the cloth nappies!

Favourite brand?

Bambino Mio

Favourite print?

Bambino Mio Zebra Crossing

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