Our Top 3 Reasons for Choosing Cloth Nappies
By Eva Van Strijp
There are many reasons that people choose reusable nappies. Most people quote monetary savings, environmental impact and skin health as the major reasons for choosing cloth.
From the start, I wanted to use cloth nappies, but truth be told, there wasn’t any real reason. I just had this “feeling” that it would be better for my baby’s skin and better for our family.
I just couldn’t fathom the waste associated with using something for a few hours, then throwing it away. This wasn’t because I actually had any idea about the impact of nappy choices. It was literally just a feeling. And perhaps also a little bit of pride, after my mother-in-law declared I wouldn’t keep at it!
The financial savings and lower environmental impact of cloth nappies were added bonuses and more than 11 years later, still are.
My top three reasons for using cloth nappies are lifestyle ones.
I’m a big believer in simplifying work, parenthood, life… so how exactly do cloth nappies simplify life, I hear you ask!
I don’t believe in using a whole lot of different, dedicated products if one product will do a variety of tasks. Cloth nappies fall firmly in to this category.
Apart from the fact that one nappy can be used hundreds of times as a nappy, a flat cloth nappy can also be used as a spew rag, toilet training aid, seat cover, sun shade and mattress protector!
I have heard it said that disposables help to simplify life, because you just throw them out when you’re done. While this may be true, it doesn’t take into account the numerous resources used to manufacture, distribute and dispose of 2000 nappies per child for each year they are in nappies. This process is far from simple.
Reusable nappies help me to keep my motherhood journey in focus by choosing an option that reminds me to keep things simple. I can simplify the journey without compromising on performance. I can have access to the best for my baby, without spending more than I need to. I have nappies on tap.
It’s just a matter of an extra load of washing every second day. No household chore could be simpler or more enjoyable than standing beneath a clothesline in the warm sunshine methodically pegging away!
HINT: If switching to full time cloth nappying feels overwhelming and far from simple, start with just one nappy a day. Give it a quick hand rinse in the laundry tub after use and pop it in the wash with a load of towels or clothes.
One of the things I’ve discovered on this parenting journey is that the things that are simple are usually also practical.
Cloth nappies are a totally customisable nappying option for your baby. Different nappy brands can be mixed and matched, you can add absorbency or remove it, you can pass them on to other children, they can be washed anywhere there is a fresh water supply.
But the most practical part? They’re always on hand. You just don’t get low or run out in the same way that you do with disposables. When you’re low on disposables, you need to make a trip to the local supermarket. When you’re low on cloth, you make a trip to the laundry and press a few buttons on that awesome invention we call a washing machine.
Cloth nappies = practical perfection for time-pressed parents.
HINT: If budget restraints are preventing you from adding a few extra much-needed nappies to your stash, try one of these no-sew emergency nappy options.
Using cloth nappies has helped me to be less reliant on the shops. I can inch my way free from the restraints of consumerism; even if it’s only one less thing in my shopping trolley each week… it’s still one less thing!
Once I have my stash, that’s it. With the correct care, my cloth nappies can last for one child or even more. I don’t have to keep adding nappies to my grocery bill on a weekly basis.
Sure, I can add to my stash if I need to, or top up with some fresh nappies for a new baby, but the difference between being tied to a supermarket chain for a basic necessity of life, and having nappies at my fingertips, is significant.
HINT: Switch to reusable wipes and swim pants, and you can be totally independent of this section of the baby aisle. Bliss!
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. You can do this! You can switch to one (or one more!) cloth nappy a day. We’ve got your back.
Eva Van Strijp is a mother of six and creator of Seedling Baby. When Eva isn’t hanging out with her family or running a business, she’s eating chocolate, listening to podcasts or tending her veggie patch.
9 April 2018
New Products, Limited Edition Prints and Discontinued Products
Rumparooz Toki Range has been hugely successful and very limited amounts of products are still available.
Candies, Bamboo Delights and PUL covers have been added to the ever-expanding range of products that are now available.
Rainbow Bites products
have been very popular with new designs being added to the huge range of silicon mumma jewellery.
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS!
GroVia, Bambooty and BumGenius now available
A range of super cute Limited Edition prints are now available across a variety of Brands.
GroVia Hyrbid Expo only prints in U R the ONE and Dandelion are still available in both snaps and Hook and Loop shells. Some discontinued colours are also still available including Lotus, Topaz solid colours plus Ballot and Ophelia. There are also still a couple of Holland print ONE's available in stock.
The new Elemental Joy pocket nappies are the most economical OSFM in the Booty Crawl range and at only $10 each for a pocket nappy they are a must have addition to your stash.
Designer Bums are becoming well known for their record sell-out times when releasing a range of new Limited Edition prints. The Nostalgia print is still available and there are still a couple of other prints in nappies, wetbags, mini wetbags and change mats plus a couple of XL Nostalgia wetbags.
2017 IPLAY SWIMWEAR RANGE
The latest range of swimwear from iPlay
is available and there are still also some past favourites in stock .
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Our current range continues to include Grovia, Bambooty, Bumgenius, Baby Beehinds, Cushie Tushies, Rumparooz and Designer Bums