A couple of weeks ago, I sat down and worked out how much we’ve spent on disposable nappies in 7 months. It turned out to be some ridiculously huge figure like £120. As Izz gets bigger and the size of the nappies get bigger, the price per pack gets more extortionate and you get less in a pack so we’d be looking at another £150 or more just to get to her first birthday.
I know a lot of mums who use cloth nappies, and I know for a fact that we (my siblings and I) were in cloth (terries) at one point or another as kids. I’m figuring if these people/my mum can do it, there’s no reason I can’t… even if I am a lazy bugger. So, cue me shouting for help, and a friend from sling meet lending me a nappy bucket full of cloth nappies to trial.
We started yesterday…
- Isabel definitely noticed when she was wet! I don’t know whether it was just because she was feeling under the weather yesterday, but as soon as she’d peed she cried. This is the first time she’s fussed for a nappy change (even as a newborn the only thing she cried for was boob).
- The smell is more noticeable. I guess the lovely chemical cocktail in a disposable disguises it normally ;)
- We had leakage in the “bumgenius” after 2 hours, which seems like quite a small turnaround time. I would expect 3-4 hours out of a ‘sposie during the day.
- It’s nowhere near as complicated as it looks/sounds.
So, mixed feelings about cloth after yesterday. I definitely still want to go that way, but may get some terries and try the old fashioned route before making my mind up. I’ll update again when I’ve got a better grip on which way I’m going.