Taking the reusable nappy plunge

A few weeks ago, I was dipping a tiny toe in the world of reusable nappies- it appealed to my vague green credentials in that I might save a bit of space in a landfill, and appealed more to my tightfistedness in that it’s meant to save a good grand or so compared to disposable nappies.

At the time, I’d done nothing more than use some reusies that a friend had lent me but only when I had a full day in the house and not at night. Last week another helpful friend lent me some big old night time nappies, and I decided to take the plunge. Additional kit was purchased in the form of a toiletry bag to carry around the dirties when out of the house, and some baby flannels to use as reusable wet wipes- may as well go the whole hog, eh!

Dangerously, I also took to facebook and joined some second hand real nappy groups and bought myself one of the hallowed gnappies that I liked the look of. Oh and there were a couple of different brands on special in Tescos and Sainsburys, so I bought them too. And then took them back because I decided I didn’t like the look of them. So now my current collection consists of 1 pair of gpants (the outer bit of the gnappy), six new gcloths, the free bambino mios that I borrowed, three little lambs for night time, also on a loan and a bum genius pocket nappy that I’m not a massive fan of. And there are  three more pairs of gpants winging their way to me in the post (all second handers).

So how’s it going? Well, on the first day I had to deal with a poo while out of the house- it wasn’t so bad- it was a bit of a big one but amply contained by the bambino mio, although I will fess up- I did use disposable wetwipes to clean that bad boy up, and put the pooey inner cloth in a nappy bag to take home and rinse out there rather than having to contend with it at someone’s house. The second poo was at home but on the whole contained by the disposable liner, so I chucked that away, and as the nappy itself didn’t look too splattered, just chucked it straight in the nappy bin. That was a mistake as the bin smelled like death for a whole day. I’ve heard that rather than rinsing them in the sink you can hold your inners under the flush of a toilet. Sounds gross, but I’m willing to give it a try. For today’s poo, I confess I wussed out and put on a disposable- I knew it was brewing as it’d been three days with no movement, so it was likely to be (and indeed was) a bit of a beast.

Wee-wise, we’ve only had two leaks- one mystery one that I just think I went too long before I changed him- 12 hours overnight was obviously pushing it a bit- and one that Mark put on but left a bit of nappy sticking out the back of the wrap, so that just leaked out onto clothes- nothing too tragic.

I’m looking forward to building up my gnappy collection a bit more, as that’s what we’ve settled on. I’ve seen some pictures of people’s ‘stashes’ of hundreds of nappies and am confident I’ll never get to that stage, but in order to go full time on the reusables, but only wash every other day, I think I’ll need as a minimum six gpants, eighteen cloths plus my three night time nappies. I’m still not 100% confident of it working- you certainly need to change babies more frequently in cloth than disposables but I’m getting used to it. It’s really not difficult, only involves a little bit more washing/preparation and I’m looking forward to having a little bit of extra cash

Poo. And Wee

As fully expected, my first month of motherhood has involved many many nappy changes, and washing of wee-soaked clothes (both mine and Sid’s). Prior to entering baby-land, I had changed a grand total of one nappy in my entire life-My lovely, compliant niece, who didn’t wriggle and didn’t even complain when I realised I’d put the nappy on backwards and had to start the whole shebang again.

Suffice to say, the last month has been a bit of a baptism of nappy fire, and I’ve learned some valuable bodily fluid-based lessons…

1- Dinkle Down- that came courtesy of one of the midwives in the hospital, and I didn’t realise how important it was until the nappies started leaking. Do up one side of the nappy, take a quick peek in and point any baby tackle downwards, and baby won’t be able to inexplicably pee up his own back.

2- A strategic wee flannel is important- We have one with the nappies now, such was the regularity that me and Mark were getting pissed on. As soon as that nappy’s off, you have approximately thirty seconds to get everything cleaned up and get the next one on before you get covered in wee. The wee flannel can be used to stem the flow if you’re not quick enough. Ive also used a strategic wee babygro and wee wetwipe when I’ve stupidly forgotten to replace the wee flannel. Less successful was using my own hand, which just made a kind of watering can effect.

3-All brands are not the same. We’ve tried quite a lot of different types of nappies now, and have our preferences- Pampers are strangely massive, Aldi is good, but the built in wee indicator, which tells you whether the nappy is wet or not, isn’t very visible, Tesco ones are my second place choice but the velcro tabs are really hard to pull out and the winner of our nappy award goes to Asda- fits well, no leakage, massive wetness indicator stripe.

I’m also battling through about 18 different types of wetwipe at the moment- Huggies Pure are hard to get out of the packet, Waterwipes were great but expensive, and I’m currently trying the Aldi sensitive ones, which seem to be pretty good.

Gone are the days when I would have a preferred type of wine- It’s all about the baby products these days