Thought i had better do a wee post about something other than crochet lol (though to be fair i could sit and talk about it all day!)
I have always used cloth nappies, started with big wide eyed boy as loved the idea of saving a bit of cash and being kind to the environment. We didn’t use cloth all the time and we stopped for a bit when he was around 18months due to a house move and the fact i was pregnant with little wide eyed boy and felt rotten!
We got back into cloth not long before L.WEB was born due to discovering cheeky wipes. For those of you who have never heard of cheeky wipes i urge you to check out their page- http://www.cheekywipes.com These babies changed my life! so so easy to use even for mamas not cloth nappying, seriously give them a try. I can’t use disposable wipes now as they are just not in the same league! One cheeky wipe can clean up an explodanappy (two at the absolute max; then you know its a bad one lol) compared to pulling out endless sposie wipes. They saved us a small fortune as we were going through a pack of wipes a week. So when the little man was born i knew i wanted to get back into using cloth.
When the little dude was born we started out with sposies as we had a lot to get to grips with (he had feeding issues and barely slept to start with!) and to be honest we got lazy, we kept telling ourselves we start at the end of the pack of sposies and never seemed to get round to it, i think in part this was to do with big wide eyed boy being a handful more than anything else lol. But one day the issue was brought to a head… having outgrown the newborn nappies we had to change to the next size up in regular nappies and the poor wee man had the most awful allergic reaction, his whole bum broke out in blisters and was absolutely raw. I felt terrible, that day i threw the pack in the bin and pulled out all my cloth nappies and we never looked back! He has been full time cloth since that day and i can honestly say we never looked back!
Anyway i digress 🙂 When were made the decision to travel there was some debate as to whether we should bring the cloth or try him in sposies again. For me it was a no brainer!
First of all size- we traveled here by car so space was at a premium however the nappies only took up marginally more space than a pack of spouses, probably about the same as a box of sposies. Which i don’t think is bad considering i had a nappy bucket with two mesh bags, all my nappies, a few wet bags for when we were out and about and all my cheeky wipes plus their box! The other thing to bare in mind is that you will never need to replace them you just was and reuse, how long would the box of sposies last? A month max? Then you would have to go out and find some more and the brands do differ from at home so it could end up costly finding which ones work best. So for me cloth def wins that round!
Next washing/disposal – Another argument i regularly hear against cloth is the extra washing and having to store the dirty nappies. I can honestly say this has not been an issue for us. We use an airtight bucket lined with a mesh bag which we chuck the dirty nappies in (after flicking off any mess into the loo). They stay in there until we are ready to wash them. Pulling them out in the mesh bag means you never need to touch the dirty nappies. Bung them in the washing machine and away you go. Due to the fact its super hot out here they dry in a tiny amount of time and then we are ready to go again 🙂
my nappies drying in the sun-
The view from my balcony where the nappies are drying-
Compare this to sposies which you can just throw in the bin. You might say thats easier, however the bins in the apartments tend to be small so you would maybe get a days worth of rubbish and nappies in, this will sit in the apartment all day and most of these bins are the kind hidden in a cupboard so not airtight… mmmmm bet it smells nice! You then have to pull the bin bag out and carry it out of the apartment (not easy if its just you and the kids as you would all have to go) again with the smell following you all the way. Then you have to throw you little bag into a big outside bin. The smell of that alone is not nice but imagine putting sposie nappies in it every day having 30c+ heat on it all day and then opening up the next day to add more nappies… yuck! So i def think cloth wins that one!
Thirdly on the go- This is a tough one to argue i think… on the one hand sposies are very convenient in that you can throw them away BUT when your travelling you never know what facilities are available to you, there is certainly not as many baby changing facilities or public bins etc here as there are back home so regardless of cloth or sposie you still may end up carrying dirty nappies around with you.
Thinking about this was one of the reasons we started using two part nappies- an outer wrap and an insert that sits inside it (we mainly use flips and blueberries) these are quite slim fitting and if the insert is only wet you can reuse the wrap reducing the amount you need to take with you so they don’t really take up much more space. I think on this one sposies and cloth draw!
Finally pretty factor- Im sorry but cloth wins hands down lol! nothing cuter than a squishy butt in a cute wrap 🙂 we have had lots of compliments from people who have seen little man flashing his fluff im keeping my fingers crossed that we can spread the fluffy love over here too!
This is a piccy of all the wide eyed guys after enjoying a gelato, the littlest dude was such a mess we had to strip him down to his fluff until we could go back to the car to get his spare clothes 🙂 you have got to admit he looks a cutie 🙂
And here is another of him flashing his fluff in the apartment, its nice to strip him down when he gets hot and the extra squishy padded bum certainly comes in handy when he falls down on the hard tile floor (he is trying so hard to walk at the moment, so lots of bumps and bruises!)
So for anyone thinking of trying it i say DO IT! 🙂 It was one of the best decisions we made ❤
I would love to hear your thoughts on using cloth and travelling and would be more than happy to answer any questions 🙂
Ciao for now.