When my kids were in nappies I used a combination of cloth and disposables. The cloth nappies I had were called modern cloth nappies (MCN’s), which are shaped like disposables, super easy to use and absorbent.
I know cloth nappies are not for everyone, but they proved to be a real life saver for me at different times. I had a few reasons for wanting to use cloth:
1.) Cheaper – considering how easy it is to go through a pack of nappies a week, at a cost of $20 – $40 depending on which brand you use and what stage your kids are at, the cost of nappies can add up quickly. At just $20 a week, that’s $1,040 a year on nappies. After the initial outlay (I spent about $100 on getting set up because I made them myself and only bought a couple online), other than the cost of washing them, there was no more expense.
2.) More environmentally friendly – I don’t like the idea of throwing out lots of nappies to sit in landfill for years and year because they take forever to break down. Yes, cloth nappies use more water because you have to wash them, but since I was able to use my nappies for both my kids and the water use to wash them was negligable compared to the resources used to create, ship and dispose of disposable nappies.
3.) Toilet training – I think it made toilet training easier because my kids could feel when they were wet. My kids were day time trained by 2 and night time at 3. Neither of my kids have ever had a wet bed accident either. I am pretty sure one of the reasons is because when they were in cloth nappies over night they could feel when they were wet which helped them adjust. Being trained early helped me save a lot of money on nappies.
4.) Ease of use – I chose MCN’s over the old terry towelling ones because they are easier to use. I didn’t have to fold them, they have elastic in them to help them shape to your baby’s bottom and they have a liner making any messes easy to clean up.
I didn’t always use MCN’s. When I travelled, such as between Sydney and Canberra or when I went to Tasmania I used disposables because I had no idea about when I could wash the nappies and the last things I wanted to do was stink out someone’s house with the nappies. If you keep on top of the washing with them, they don’t stink out the house, but when you don’t, it’s gross. At home I had a lidded bucket to throw them in which secured any smell, but I washed regularly, so it was never an issue.
If I was sick we used disposables then as well. My husband said from the moment I suggested MCN’s that if I wanted to use them that was fine, but he would NOT be changing “those” nappies. So when I was sick, disposables it was. I respected his decision, as he respected mine.
Two Tiny Tots is a new business offering cloth nappies, wet bags (something I didn’t have, but wish I did when my girls were in nappies), as well as cute tutu skirts, headbands and other pretty things. My daughters picked these skirts
Now the great news is Two Tiny Tots is offering a Minky cloth nappy and wet bag to one lucky reader!
All you have to do is like them on Facebook here
And fill in this form telling me in 30 words or less your best money saving tip when raising kids. It could be something baby related, a tip for entertainment in school holidays, anything related to kids and saving money.
Competition opens 10th October, 2012 and closes 24th October, 2012. Open to Australian residents only and the winner will get to select the colour they would like of the nappy/wet bag combo.
I did receive the tutu skirts, headbands and hair clips (not pictured) for free. The owner of Two Tiny Tots has been a long term reader and we have chatted via email before, so I am really happy to be supporting her new business.