Nappies. If you’re a parent, you’ll have used one or two.. or as many as 4380 in the first three years of your babies life*.. that’s A LOT of nappies, especially seeing as each disposable nappy sent to landfill is estimated to take 500 years to decompose, meaning that every single disposable nappy ever used and discarded into landfill is still there.
When I was pregnant with Tyler, I was presented with a lot of information on the world of parenting, but I don’t remember being given any information regarding reusable or cloth nappies and I really wish that I had been.
Towards the end of 2018, I decided that I really wasn’t happy with the amount of waste I was creating by using disposable nappies on Tyler, so I began to do some research into reusable nappies.
After reading quite a few blog posts(including everything in Emma Ross of Mamalina’s archive) and speaking to a few lovely internet friends, I decided to pick up a couple of Bambino Mio Misolo All-In-One reusable nappies.
At the time, Aldi we’re selling them at a special price of just £8.99, so I took the plunge and bought six. One of the reasons I chose to buy six straight off the bat is because in my county, we have a nappy scheme funded by the council, which meant that if I spent £50 in one transaction on new reusable nappy products, they would refund £30 straight into my bank account. You can find out if you have a similar nappy scheme in your area here.
A few days later, on a day that I knew we’d be spending at home, I popped one of our new nappies on Tyler and off we went on our reusable nappy journey!
Thankfully, Tyler didn’t seem to notice the change in nappy. He was happy and comfortable in his new all-in-one reusable nappies, so I headed to eBay and purchased a couple more pre-loved nappies and a few more from Aldi’s special offer too.
Making the switch did cost us around £120, but apart from the initial financial hit it was such a smooth and easy transition from almost two years of disposable nappies to reusable ones.
On average, Tyler will get 2-4 hours wear out of a nappy during the day, depending on how much urine he passes and when. He’s always been a fairly heavy wetter and we do occasionally have small wee leaks, but a fresh nappy and pair of trousers only adds five minutes to our day. When it comes to poop, you might be wondering what on Earth happens then? I was quite apprehensive about this, but again, it’s just something that adds a few more minutes to your routine.
We use biodegradable/flush-able nappy liners(which can be bought online from nappy retailers and often people will sell unused rolls of them on sites like eBay too) which help to contain the poo and make it easier to dispose of it in the toilet. Tyler is (usually)fairly regular, so once he has done his daily number two, I won’t put a liner into his nappy for the rest of the day, as not to waste them unnecessarily.
Unfortunately, the nappies that we have aren’t suitable for Tyler for night time(we have tried, I even put two extra “booster pads” into the nappy and he still leaked through, oops!), as they just can’t absorb the amount of urine that Tyler passes through the night, so for now, we are still using a single disposable nappy for bed time. I’ve been doing my research into night time nappies and I’m going to try my hardest to find some pre-loved ones on eBay and similar selling sites! So if you have any recommendations for me, send them my way!
As for storing the dirty nappies and washing them, we already use reusable baby wipes(which you can read all about here if you’re interested!) which we store in small tubs, but right now I’m just storing the dirty nappies in a thick carrier bag in the bathroom and washing the pile of nappies after two days. There are specific nappy tubs and bags you can purchase but honestly, this system is working fine for us right now. I feel that we may need a slightly different way of doing this in the summer months but I’m sure I’ll be writing lots more nappy related content in the future so I’ll keep you updated.
As the Misolo nappies are made from synthetic materials, they dry really quickly. So I’ll do a wash in the evening and hang them indoors to dry on our clothes horse and 9 times out of 10 they’ll be dry by the morning! Drying the nappies outside in the sunshine it preferable and with the lovely weather we’ve been having recently, I have been doing so, but on the dull and dreary days, they dry inside just fine!
Overall, I found transitioning to reusable nappies at 2 years old super smooth and I now just wish I’d done it sooner. However, I do think that I would have struggled more if I’d had used them when Tyler was a newborn, just because of the sheer amount of nappy changes newborns require.. but I suppose I won’t know unless we ever have another baby in the future!
I’m no nappy expert by any means, but if you’ve any questions about our transition and journey to reusable nappies, please drop me a comment below, I’d love to chat nappies with you!
Do you use reusable or cloth nappies? I’d love to know how you got on and when you made the switch!