The cute fluffy prints have taken over my Instgram feed for the past few months and they got me thinking.. Why didn’t I initially choose cloth nappies? Which is when I was swiftly reminded that I have binned every item of clothing that Aidan has pooped on. Even the tiniest little stinky spot and it was banished to the bin. I just hated the idea of putting poop in my washing machine. I still hate the idea of it now but I still took the plunge and decided to try cloth – just because of the super cute prints, honestly I don’t care about saving the planet or saving money I just wanted to see Aidan in the cute prints (mainly the Bambino Mio Circus Time – it is adorable, I have to get one!)
After some research and pestering some lovely cloth using bloggers I decided to buy some ‘cheapies’ from eBay and decide if it was for me before I ordered the more expensive brand named ‘fluffy mail’. Seriously I’ve seen some people who’ve spent more money on nappies that I would say others have on cars! After waiting 7 weeks for them to arrive the novelty of the whole thing had worn off. My initial buzz had dulled and I honestly thought I would try one and throw in the towel, or nappy in this case.
I got some paper liners, which you lay on the inside of your nappy so that when a ‘deposit’ is lodged you can lift the liner and put it in the bin. First nappy I used a liner, I timed it so that I was sure to change it after 2/3 hours (you need to change cloth more often than disposable) to avoid any leaks that would get me off to a bad start. Taking off the first nappy I noticed that the paper liner (which is softer than a tissue not like an A4 sheet) had stuck to Aidan’s skin and really didn’t look comfortable. I decided to leave it off the next nappy and let his skin to breathe… can you guess what happened next? Yep! Aidan ‘delivered’ me a present – que immediate panic! I hate shit! How the hell was I supposed to get it from the nappy to the bin without the liner? Why the fuck did I decided to use these bloody things? Ok, I will just try and tip it into a nappy bag….. Oh, that was pretty easy actually. Nappy straight into the washing machine. Done.
I know I was shocked (so was Clayton!). As much as everyone had said ”you don’t touch the poo” or ”there is no scrubbing involved” it’s a kind of I will believe it when I see it thing. But, they were right I didn’t touch it or scrub it. I put it (the nappy not the shit) into the washing machine on rinse, then 60, then rinse and then spin and it was good as new! I had this down – I was a cloth pro!
Then today, all was going well until it came to the daily deposit. Again no liner because they just don’t look comfortable. Not as easy as yesterday’s one that gave me a false sense of security. A stickier specimen. A more stubborn stinker. It did involve getting a water wipe and wiping the poop from the nappy. And I did it (not gonna lie it wasn’t fun but I did it!). Again the nappy went straight into the washing machine to rinse,60,rinse and spin and I looked after the first rinse and no poopy was present. If these keep happening I think it would put me off cloth – scrapping shit just wouldn’t by my type of thing. Two days in though and I don’t hate it, I actually get quite excited about using cloth, matching Aidan’s outfits and creeping on instagram for all the prints I need.
So far I am still using disposables at night because I heard cloth isn’t great at night times without a booster? I’m not sure I will need to research the night time options.
My current thoughts:
- Cloth is definitely not the easier option.
- Poop nappies are actually ok to deal with.
- I love cloth but I am not completely sold that I can do it long term, yet.
- If you are thinking about cloth buy some cheap ones on eBay (I got 5 for €20?) and see how it goes. You won’t know until you try it.
- They are so blooming cute!