Why am I only just find out about modern cloth nappies now? I wish someone had enlightened me sooner!
Ok, maybe it’s because I had my last baby 20 years ago when the idea of boiling flannel squares in pooey-water wasn’t that appealing. Still, the ease of the disposable nappy was.
During my first pregnancy 21 years ago, re-useable cloth nappies weren’t even mentioned as an option! In mother and baby magazines you could sign-up for endless freebies (I miss them), and many included disposable nappies! I remember my mama coming back from Costco. She’d cleared the shelves of their most massive boxes of Huggies and Pampers and filled our home with disposable nappies! That was it, I don’t recall options. No questions were asked! Disposables it was!
No poo soup!
Fast forward to 2020, hubby and I have decided that reusable cloth nappies are the way forward for our new bundle of joy due in September 2020. I can’t get enough of the endless options of reusable cloth nappies (that don’t include safety pins, fiddley-folds and poo-soup).
We’re complete beginners at this nappy stuff, so initially, diving into the wonderous delights of cloth nappying, we found a challenge. With all the options in 2020, at first glance, it seemed complicated and overwhelming.
So, to help ease the overwhelm, I did a little research and took notes in my pregnancy journal. And I’ll be using our family blog to journal our cloth nappy journey as we figured stuff out!
I started with what seemed like the most obvious place for me, “What are the basic types of reusable clothes nappies?” Now looking at different brands and websites, the types or names of the different cloth nappies may vary, but I managed to fit them into 5 very basic categories that helped me to wrap my head around what I felt was a good starting block to becoming a Cloth- Bum-Mum!
All-In-One Nappies (AIO)
Ready to go!
Imagine you’re about to buy or rent a home and your real estate agent shows you an empty house. You’re like ‘No, thanks! I can’t be bothered to fill it up with stuff. Please give me something fully-furnished that I can just move into and it’s READY-TO-GO”. Well, that’s your all-in-one nappy. It’s ready to go. It comes with all the basics already built-in. The cover and the absorbent part all sewn into one! It works and fits pretty much the same as a disposable nappy. You put it on the baby. Baby uses it. But instead of putting it in the bin, you wash ready it to be re-used. Ta-dah! Simples!
Stick ’em in the pocket!
This little cutie comes in two pieces. Part one looks like your disposable or all-in-one, but somewhere on part one (usually at the top/back) is a slit that creates a pocket. In that pocket, you can place absorbent pads (inserts/boosters) in different combinations to suit your baby.
Pop ’em on!
Similar to our pocket nappy you’ll get your absorbent part (inserts/boosters), sperate from the cover. But with an all-in-two, you simply attach the absorbent part with a button-like-popper. After the baby has used the nappy, you simply take it off baby, unpop the cover and absorbent part and stick them in the washing machine.
Don’t forget a cover
These are shaped nappies that are all absorbent. They are shaped just like a disposable and the above nappies, but they’re only the absorbent material. There is nothing waterproof about them, so don’t forget to buy a nappy cover to go over the top. So again, two pieces, but this time, a fluffy-shaped-nappy and a waterproof cover.
Terries, Pre-folds & Wraps
Apparently very cost-effective
Initially, I said terries, pre-fold and flats, were the reusable cloth nappies that I was the least interested in! That is still true, but I have purchased one for my start-up kit as I want to give everything a try. And who knows baby might just like it!
Again, made of two parts. A cover and usually a flat piece of material that you fold and wrap around your bambino and fasten, or you fold it and place it inside the cover! There’s all sort of different folds you can try. Plus you no longer have to use safety pins to hold them together as you can find all kinds of safer and fancier fasteners online! This is supposed to be the most cost-effective way of cloth-nappying. Again, don’t forget to buy a cover!