Using cloth nappies has a reputation for being super inconvenient, time consuming or expensive. While you can certainly invest a lot of time, money or energy into this wonderful world of cloth (there are just so many pretty reusable options out there!), it doesn't have to be that way. We want to talk about the joys of the cloth lifestyle and all the ways it can make your little ones first years so much easier.
Let's start with the cost of cloth. While it can sometimes seem daunting to lay out between $400-$850 for a brand new full time stash, comparing it to the ongoing costs of disposable nappies*, cloth is actually a money saver in the long term.
There is also a wide range of costs for great quality options. Our Value OSFM pack bundles nappies from the lower budget end, while our premium OSFM nappies range mid level to upper ends of the spectrum. Even when spending big on premium brands, you will often find when selling second hand, you can get close to the RRP you bought them for. It pays to buy smart, whichever nappy fits your life. There are many budget conscious options, from buying second hand, purchase cheaper covers and using quality inserts, or buying good value nappies, like those in our value OSFM packs.
Concerned cloth might be too time consuming? Sarah did a comparison and found that there is really a very small difference in time consumption when comparing using disposable nappies and cloth nappies. And in the days of Modern Cloth and dry pailing, it just got a whole lot more convenient!
Talking about convenience, you will no longer need to do a crazy last minute dash for nappies or wipes. Looking back at the early day chaos of COVID19, when some were forced to search for toilet paper, baby wipes or disposables, Cloth Mum's had one less stress to face. So free up your trolley at the grocery store, and lean in to that convenient, reusable life. I've heard it over and over again. Actually, I've said it. I now know how to wash laundry properly! I didn't understand the science behind clean laundry until I started my cloth journey. My favourite pro to cloth life is that now my baby and toddler clothes always come out so clean with a great and reliable wash routine. In fact, if you haven't joined Clean Cloth Nappies on facebook yet, jump on now and get your fill of evidence based laundry advice.
Another enjoyable pro to cloth nappies, they are so pretty to look at. In fact, who needs pants anyway! Folding the washing, putting them on your tot or seeing them at your change table waiting to go, these nappies are beautiful to look at, and comfortable for your little ones to wear. I have developed a routine in the evening with a cup of tea or a glass of wine (depending on how the day has gone), firing up netflix and sitting down to "stuff" my nappies. It is a chore, but it also brings me joy - most days. We can't talk about the pros of cloth nappies without mentioning the obvious environmental impact. It has been a well documented fact that conventional disposables take at least 150 years to breakdown in landfill. Terrifying when you add in the average child* uses 5475 disposable nappies. Reusable modern cloth nappies are a great way to create a cleaner future for our children and our children's children. In a world where we are finding more and more practices to be sustainable and eco friendly, how can any inconvenience be worth this price? Have you found any other cloth convenience pros? We would love to hear them below! * Disposable costs approximated based on 6 nappies a day, for $30 / 96 pack = $690 a year, or $1725 for 2.5 years and approximately 5475 nappies to landfill!