What I’ve learnt in a year of interviewing cloth families
We recently had the chance to interview Tammy during Reusable Nappy Week on our Instagram live where we discussed some of the common misconceptions around cloth nappies. She shares below some of the learnings she has after interviewing cloth families over the past 12 months. Her interviews are really fun, personal and detailed (we're appearing soon). So if you get a chance, head to her site to read more.
By Tammy from Make Laundry Not Landfill
Just do it.
That’s what a year of interviewing families who use cloth nappies has taught me.
Like most (all?) aspects of parenting, when you start using cloth nappies you’re going to have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. You know you want only what’s best for your kids; you know you want to do them no harm; the problem is, you just don’t know what’s best.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. There is no best. There’s only what’s best for you and your family.
I’ve interviewed more than 50 families and not two have clothed the same. Some cloth part time, some full, some don’t cloth at night, some only cloth at night. Everyone has different style and brand preferences, different sized stashed, different wash routines, different ways of storing their nappies, different ways of being a cloth family.
The only way you can work out what’s best for you and your family is to start. Start with one nappy. Start with one day. It doesn’t matter. Just take the plunge.
Over time, the overwhelm will lessen, you’ll work out the jargon, you’ll understand all the options available, and start to feel less like you’re faking it.
There’s even a chance you will begin to love the washing, love being a cloth family and start your own little cloth advocacy campaign. You know, like not putting pants on your bub in public so others can see all the cute prints.
One of the most common sentiments I see in my interviews is around cloth nappies being far easier than the parent had ever imagined. Easier to use. Easier to wash. Easier to fit into families’ lifestyles.
But, if that’s not a sentiment you share, there’s always the option to ask for help. Ask friends. Ask social media. Ask Sarah here at Cloth Tots. Ask me over at Make Laundry Not Landfill.
People are so willing to help. They want to see you succeed. They want to see more butts in cloth and fewer disposables in landfill.
As one of my interviewees, @katecook, said in her interview, “Start today and tomorrow will be easier.”
To read more about Tammy and Make Laundry not Landfill, head to her site: https://makelaundrynotlandfill.blog/