I think if I hadn’t been using re-usable sanitary pads for myself for over five years now then I wouldn’t have found the switch to cloth nappies quite so easy. There is a bit of an initial ick-factor when you first consider the idea, after all, it’s blood or poop. I Why on earth would you want to wash that? It must stink! But the washable pads were amazing! Turns out I’d been having severe allergic reactions to the bleach in disposable sanitary pads for years and hadn’t even realized, they saved me a small fortune, and they were so much more comfortable. Allow me to emphasize this again, one felt like thin burning cardboard, the other one like a warm cozy pillow.
Before this turns into a blog post all about cloth sanitary pads let’s just move back to cloth nappies.
Like I mention in the video, I wanted to keep it reasonably short and to the point, so for this blog post I’ll be covering things in more detail that would just be boring if they were included in the video.
My Washing Routine:
One thing I didn’t mention in the video is more about the poop. Specifically, once the baby has moved from breastmilk or formula and onto solids. As the word implies, solids present a lot more bulk in a nappy. Breastmilk poop dissolves extremely easily, but once the baby moves onto things like carrots, you don’t want to be fishing this out of the washing matchine after you’ve finished a wash. There are two different ways you can tackle this:
- After you’ve changed the baby’s nappy, head over to the bathroom and tip the nappy over the toilet. If you’re lucky and the baby had quite solid poos, it’ll all fall down and be flushed away. Simple, but let’s be honest, it’s rarely that simple.
- More likely you’re going to be looking at the world’s toughest cement mashed into the nappy, it’s sticky, semi-sentient, and it won’t be going anywhere without a fight. How I deal with these is grab some toilet paper and wipe it off the nappy. Not going to lie, I really hate this part, but somehow I’ve managed never to get poo on myself while doing this.
If I follow these steps nothing lumpy manages to get into the washing machine, and the nappies come out of the wash white, clean and smelling like clean clothing should. Perfect!
What Brands I Use:
This is where prices are going to vary wildly. In the video above I mentioned that I spent £364.39 in total on the nappies, liner, wet bag and a nappy bag. I went for the super cheap made-in-china brands. If I hadn’t, that initial investment could easily have been double or even triple what I spent. It’s going to be up to the individual person to decide what works for them, but I did try a much more expensive brand compared to the cheap ones and, honestly, I preferred the cheaper brand.
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- Little and Bloomz: My favorites (other than the adorable newborn nappy my sister made me) and now that I have all the nappies I really have to pull myself from the screen sometimes and resist the urge to add to my collection. None of the poppers have worn out so far, any stains were easy enough to remove after sun bleaching, and they’ve easily handled the transition from baby to toddler.
- Three Little Imps: I use these but I don’t like them, which is a shame because their customer support is fantastic! I don’t like them for two reasons; one, after 3 months of using them the poppers to adjust the size at the front had worn out so much that they kept coming undone on their own. I emailed them to ask if replacing the plastic poppers with metal ones (myself) would be possible, and they immediately offered to send replacements. I’d like to point out that they did not know about this blog or my You Tube channel when they did this. My second reason why I don’t like them though is because the pocket has a flap/cover which makes a poo-namie nappy really gross to deal with. I’ve included a picture below to show you want I mean. While baby hasn’t had any poo-explosions in a while, if he really fills that nappy up, then that flap gets covered in poo and trying to get the liners out without touching it is almost impossible.
- One Cheeky Bee: Even though she doesn’t sell nappies, I am going to link my sister’s shop here just because the nappy she made is adorable and the cloth pads she makes are also beautiful. I’ll do a video all about cloth pads at some point, but for the moment, I’ll just link her shop.
What liners I use:
I’m going to rank these in order of my favorite to my less-favorite, but these are all liners which work beautifully for me.
Easy Peasie Liners: These are longer and thinner than most liners, but in a flood, they’ll probably save your life. They’re super absorbent! On the downside, they can take an age to dry, I get around this by hanging it in the garden where there’s a constant breeze passing by the house. In the winter the only way I can get them to dry fast enough is if I hang them up right in front of the fire, so they can be a bit of work, but I think they’re worth it.
One Cheeky Bee: My sister doesn’t seem to sell these at the moment, but hopefully they’ll be back in stock soon. The reason these are the second on the list is because the edges tend to curl after a while. They’re lighter than the Easy Peasie liners, just as absorbent but dry faster.
Earthtopia Liners: Just as absorbent, but two of them have come loose around the edges, which was quite annoying as they weren’t cheap. Still, a few minutes with a needle and thread and it hasn’t been a problem since.