Some of you may recall that back in June I worked out the cost of disposable nappies: how much we’d spent in the first 6 months and how much we’d spend if we carried on using them. I played around with some different types of cloth nappies and quickly considered myself converted.
Although I’ve spent about £200 on cloth nappies — which is more than the predicted 6 month cost of disposables — we have a stash of around 20 Bumgenius v3s, 3 FuzziBunz one-size for night-use (the fleece inner allows moisture to quickly ‘drain’ into the inserts and then dries for a more comfortable baby), and an ‘emergency’ drawer of terries and OneLife for between washes (2 per week) if needed. Unlike disposables, however, these nappies are ‘birth to potty’, which means they should last until Isabel is ready to potty train (which could be another 2-3 years away). Of course, they can also be saved for possible future bab[y/ies]…
Considering how big a cynic I was about the whole cloth nappy deal, I am definitely a big convert. The savings over time will be in the hundreds, and it’s been so easy to fit a few nappy washes into our domestic ‘routine’ that I don’t consider them to have a time-cost at all. They look adorable too! :D
This morning I have ordered a trial pack of BumGenius v4s and a couple more FuzziBunz (because they were a) pretty and b) on sale) from Fill Your Pants. The prices for both were the cheapest I could find when I searched, and I managed to get an extra discount of 10% off by reviewing an existing product. (BARGAIN!) The advantage of trialling the v4s is that you get a wet bag with the nappies which I need for when Isabel starts nursery. I’ve just had a mail to say these have been despatched already, too.
All-in, money well spent. :)