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Jan 24th, 2013, 16:39 PM   #1
 
Are these really worth it? How much do they cost? What do you need to get? Basically can some tell me about them in a "cloth nappies for dummies" type if thing I've only ever used disposable pros and cons please x
 
 

 
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Jan 24th, 2013, 21:09 PM   #2
 
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Jan 24th, 2013, 21:40 PM   #3
 
I use cloth nappies during the day and love them! It is said you can save 500 by using them. There are loads of different brands and it can take some trying to find the right ones for you and your LO. You can buy preloved and can get some good deals on eBay I believe. I personally wouldn't use them for the first few weeks but its a personal choice. I have mostly birth to potty all in ones, they can be used from birth (although they would have been too big for my LO) through to potty training and have removable inserts which go in the nappy. These are slimmer nappies than 2 parters which is why I have them for the day. The 2parters are a material nappy (mine are bamboo which is really absorbent) and then a waterproof outer layer which goes on top. I've found 2 parters to be better for the night as they are more absorbent. You also need liners to go inside the nappies, I use fleece and paper. The fleece keeps the bum dry and the paper liner is flushable so when they do a poo it can be flushed away. I did a trial before starting with cloth which was run through the council and helped me decide whether to change to cloth and what nappies to buy. There is loads of info on The Nappy Lady website, she probably explains it better than me x
 
 

 
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Jan 24th, 2013, 21:42 PM   #4
 
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We do them part time, DH doesn't like them, so it has taken me longer to find ones that suit and as baby changes shape the fir alters which can be a pain... but there is a huge preloved market for them, can be a cheap or as pricey as you make it, better for environment.... it means an extra load of washing every few days but apart from that they aren't really a hassle.... if I remember rightly your in Birmingham, I know of a few friends/acquaintances in that area so wouldn't be surprised if there is quite a good network of cloth libraries and nappucino groups.... face book has quite a few 'communities' too
 
 

 
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Jan 24th, 2013, 21:52 PM   #5
 
So is it just one layer then a liner? - I really do not know. Or a waterproof but cloth then liner? If I buy them do they come in sizes in the outer but or the liner? Also - which bits do you wash? Which bits do you throw away? And what do you do with the poo??
 
 

 
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Jan 24th, 2013, 21:54 PM   #6
 
We've been using them during the day for about a month, they're great! I think we will save a bit of money with them but my main reasons for changing was to reduce the landfill we've been creating, it was shocking how the disposables mounted up.

As Rory is 91st centile for height but is also quite slim we went for Charlie Banana all in one nappies which come up quite long so were recommended for tall babies. I got advice for the nappy lady website (thenappylady.co.uk), she was great! The all in ones are a nappy with a removable microfibre liner: the liner gets stuffed into the nappy. You remove the liner to wash it and the fleece inner of the nappy wicks the wee through to the liner to keep it away from baby's skin. We also use paper nappy liners- these look a bit like loo roll, you put one in the nappy to catch the poo and then flush it down the loo. It helps not to overload the washing machine.

To get set up we bought:
* 15 nappies (enough to wash every other day)
* a nappy bucket (to store the dirties)
* 2 mesh bags (they go in the nappy bucket, you just put the whole bag in the washer so you don't have to handle the dirty nappies, we've got 2 so one is clean while the other is in the wash)
* roll of nappy liners

Probably cost about 250 I think.
 
 

 
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Jan 24th, 2013, 21:59 PM   #7
 
Wow 250 on nappies! That's allot! I mean in the long run not allot but wow - up front that's massive! I paid less for my pram lol!!!! How long do the liner roll last? And how much is that to replace?
 
 

 
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Jan 24th, 2013, 22:16 PM   #8
 
Ok so I've had a look at nappy lady - I would be looking to use them after newborn size as when they are tiny they go through 10 nappies a day! Lol from around 10-14lbs onward so the all in one size seems to be a good one for me specially as my kids aren't talk but all of them have long bums - iykwim? So it's
-nappy
-2 inserts - that get washed
- it says its got a fleece lining so do I need another one to go in? Or are the inserts fleece?
And what are these paper bits for the poo? I can't see that anywhere??? Xxx
 
 

 
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Jan 24th, 2013, 22:39 PM   #9
 
You wash everything the nappy, the inserts and the fleece. The inserts are usually thick absorbent material, whereas the fleece allows moisture through to keep the bum dry. The fleece is a liner and to cut costs you can make your own by cutting a fleece into rectangles which fit in the nappy. You would still need a fleece liner even if they are fleece lined I believe because when they are young and not doing solid poos you can just use the fleece and rinse the poo off of it into the loo using the flush. This keeps the majority of the nappy clean. When they get a bit older with more solid poo that's when it's best to start using paper liners. Hope that makes sense x
 
 

 
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Jan 24th, 2013, 23:28 PM   #10
 
Yes I think so - so it's (bare with me) lol!

Nappy - insert 1-2 then place fleece ontop against bum, rinse out then stick in wash? When older instead of fleece use the paper bits instead of fleece? But dispose of them bits?
 
 

 
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Jan 25th, 2013, 10:15 AM   #11
 
Some people manage with fleece liners all the way through... I tried a few paper liners but it sort of takes away from the point of having something nice against you babies bum... Also (which i don't get) some paper liners still aren't flushable...

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Jan 25th, 2013, 11:11 AM   #12
 
I've had a good look on the YouTube and it looks so simple most of them in America it seems (I can't seem to find many uk vids) just had the outer layer and the inter boosters/ pad things lol! And then you just scrape the poo in the bin and wash the nappy in the washer - all done they have some really cheap ones on eBay in all colours for about 3.99 inc p&p And 1 insert but there is a wear house I can go to near me that does 6 terry cloths for 1.99 I can use as boosters so that's good

Quick one - when you wash then do you leave the boosters in? Or do you need to take them out?
 
 

 
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Jan 25th, 2013, 11:49 AM   #13
 
Bang them in the wash as they are then you take them off... Pockets tend to undo them selves... The poppered in inserts i tend to unpop x

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Jan 25th, 2013, 12:05 PM   #14
 
Ah fantastic I've just found this on eBay Is this good 12 nappies, 1 microfibres and 1 bamboo booster for each 48.88 inc p&p new an I get to choose design
 
 

 
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Jan 25th, 2013, 18:37 PM   #15
 
That's not bad... Definitely worth a try. Some people rate and other people don't what is known as ebay cheapies... Although a lot of it is how you stuff them... I use prefolds in my cheapies and they last a bit better... My favourites for price and performance have been a brand similar to bumgenius but poppered.... It is just a case of trying them and not giving up at the first leak but adapting how you stuff and use them... I would use the hippibottumus/bumgenius on a morning as that would be when he needed absorbtion and then hit the itti delish (pretty) or a similar in an afternoon with cheapy ones when they were only going on for an hour or two... My bombproof ones were fitted and wraps. Anything else leaked up until T was about 1 and i figured out after a lot of playing yhst it was the double gusset in the wraps we needed.... X

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