When I was pregnant, I looked in to Cloth nappies. People told me you don’t really save any money as you are doing a lot more washing, and it’s too much effort. For a little while I listened.
Even my mother was surprised that I was going for disposables, as she knows how much I like to recycle and make an effort looking after nature. She knew I was determined to breastfeed, and Cloth nappies almost go hand in hand with natural parenting, so made sense.
Just after Daisy was born, I revisited the idea. I had a think about it, and figured that being as we pay the same amount every month for our water, it wouldn’t cost us any extra for that part. We had also been breeding snakes for years, and had cut the collection right back from over 100 snakes to around 5, so we would be using a lot less electricity, therefore overall would still be using less.
So I decided to give it a go.
I bought a bundle of nappies from a friend who was selling the ones her boy had grown out of. These were big fluffy Tots Bots, and on my very petite little girl looked massive! I had to put her in bigger sleepsuits to go over the nappies, and she closely resembled a Teletubby in shape! They were a size too big, so the smaller ones in the bundle (size 1 Little Lamb) weren’t as bad. These worked ok for a bit.
There were also a few Bambino Mio prefold nappies in there. She said she only used those when all the others were used up, so I got the impression that they weren’t as good. I gave them a try… And haven’t looked back!
They fitted little Daisy so much better than the others (admittedly, they were actually her size), and once I figured out all the folding (many videos available on YouTube) I was away. I only had a few, so I sold the majority of the big fluffy TotsBots, and bought a birth to potty kit of the Bambino Mio.
These have been working brilliantly for us for a good few months now, however I have bought extra wraps, as for a while 3-4 outer wraps weren’t enough, as we had multiple poos per day. She has now settled down to not going every day, so we don’t go through as many, but it is always good to have extra spares, as they can be kept in the nappy bags for quick changes when you are out.
To begin with, we used disposables when out and for bedtime, just to use up the stash we had bought while I was pregnant, and we have now moved to using Cloth when out, and disposable just at bedtime. We have less than a pack left now of the disposables, so once they are gone, we will be using them at bedtime too, so will be Cloth full time.
There are some quite funky wraps available for the Mios, I love the cow jumping over the moon, and the love hearts ones, and am always looking for funky ones to add to the stash. We are planning on having more children, so they will be put away for the next one, so I will be using Cloth full time from birth from now on!
I am now branching out to other brands, as there are some very pretty nappies available, so I will be reviewing them as we go. I will do a formal review post on the Bambino Mio two part system soon, but for now, I will just say that I love them, and they work really well for us. I do a wash every day or every other day, and once you get in the habit, it really isn’t that much hassle. I tend to do it before bed, so I leave the wash on, and empty in the morning when I get up. They get dried on the radiator, so at any one time I normally have some clean in a basket, some in the nappy bucket and some drying on the radiator. When the weather improves I will probably do them on the washing line.
It has definitely saved us money. Since we switched to Cloth, we have only bought one pack of nappies, and that was to leave at my Mother-in-Law’s house for emergencies and for her spare nappy bag. Considering how many packs we bought when we were using them, I can’t imagine how much would be spending if we were still using them. We had to have size 0 nappies from Tesco when she was born (she was 5lb 15oz) which leaked regularly. Size 1 and 2 were great in Mamia nappies from Aldi, and we are now using up the last of the size 3 we bought, just at bedtime.
I will go in to more detail on the Bambino Mio in another post, so I will leave this one here. 🙂