Once upon a time I said- oh I can not pass an opinion on cloth bumming children because I haven’t done it or I have only cloth bummed one child. Now, I can be a real arsehole about it and say- yeah- cloth bums- smashed it mate. Smashed it out the park because I clothed three children under three full time. So- apologies in advance for my straight talking- no nonsense blog post on cloth nappies and it may offend if you already cloth bum in a certain way- but I do think, as with lots of things- it has been complicated and really it can be very simple and cheap.
I saw someone in a twin group complaining that their disposable nappies were leaking and help- what’s the best brand. I was first to reply with- cloth…I know what a dick I am and I KNOW that’s not what she was asking but seriously… cloth is absolutely easier than you can ever imagine and if I can do it with three and not feel like it’s much of a chore then anyone can really.
Then, another thing I will be an arsehole about is group chat in FB groups where the post goes something like this- “HELP- I have tried totsbots, unos, fabulousos, fannyannoooss…”. OK I am making up the last two names… “HELP” it goes- “they all leak. Any other ideas?!” Three thousand comments later on all these 18 quid nappies to try and fuck me, I am done.
I cloth- I cloth for two main reasons :
1. It is cheap. Now- for those who want to try and make themselves excused from having a bash- it does not cost as much when running your machine. Machines are soooo 2019 now and I never use the dryer. I have three airers and I dry outside in the Spring, Summer and Autumn when I can.
2. My children are more content and I don’t have to worry about changing them anywhere near as often- neither have I EVER had any poo or wee leaks- yep I am a smug, smug bastard.
OK then, but why no leaks- why are you such an arsehole (I can’t really answer the last one to be fair)
Because I terry my children with the don of all wraps.
YOU WILL NEED:
To get started you basically need one pack of terry cloths. Then you can learn how to fold with your choice of fold here…Then three wraps would get you going. I had about 6 in the end with Arlo and now I have about 10 altogether for three children. You can find these wraps here. Nippi nappas here. Liners that are compostable here. 1 bucket where you keep the nappies dry found here. 1 bag to line the bucket here.
Why don’t they leak I hear you cry?
Because, unlike totsfannyannes or whatever else people are forking out a small fortune for, each time you fold your terry nappies- you are folding to your child. Therefore- very few leaks and once you nail the fold- I would say there will be no leaks if changed over the course of the day. I change my children once in the morning- sometimes twice depending on wee volume, once at lunch and before bed into their boosted ‘night time nappy’ and any poos are changed straight away. The key is for the wrap to hang lower than the terry and yes there will be a little gap- it isn’t snug and as they are magic this is supposed to be the case.
The beauty of terrys too is that they dry in an hour sometimes. Definitely quicker than anything else.
Finally, at night I booster with extra liners which can be found here- I use bamboo and fleece and double up and have even tripled for Arlo back in the day.
When out and about I still use terry nappies but I pre fold them before I leave with the odd little lamb nappy between.
All my items are exactly the same as I bought with Arlo- this means they have all been going for almost three years.
I really hope that helps get you going and helps you see that this isn’t an expensive outlay and in fact is a joy!
Plus obvs, this goes a little way to saving a little part of our planet.
Lots of Love Naomi x
PS I also wanted to add that my children have all run into nappy rash issues at around 18 months with no pre-issues. If you notice this then I would recommend more regular changes and use metanium as it dries the area the quickest and unlike the recommendation with some cloth nappies- with terries anything goes. You could also line the terry with fleece liners in the day to pull the wet away from the area more. My cloth nappies as above sit tight to the skin so if there’s a bad rash it needs more air than perhaps a terry allows. I have read that at 18 months they are holding their wee and then doing it in larger spells thus getting wetter in one go as opposed to over time. I also used my little lambs too as they hang lower.