|my nappy stash|
Last week (16th - 22nd April) was Real Nappy Week (or Real Diaper Week in the US), a week to celebrate and encourage the use of cloth nappies. I have been hesitantly wanting to use cloth nappies when baby arrives and had bought a few here and there when they were on sale just to see what they were like. But the idea of buying a full stash and committing to cloth 100% was a bit scary for me and definitely a big financial commitment.
They say you need between 15-25 nappies for a full stash depending on how often you intend to wash, and I had about 8, so the decision needed to be made as to whether or not I would go for it and top up my stash to the required minimum.
Of the nappies I had purchased already, I had decided that my favourite one was the new Bum Genius Freetime. But they are really expensive at £15.99 per nappy so I was putting off buying more - I just couldn't justify it at that price. Then Real Nappy Week came along and they were on offer at over 20% off , so I went for it and bought 10 nappies at £12.10 each!
That might still sound really expensive to you if you are used to buying disposable nappies at around £0.15 each, but each nappy I bought is a one-size nappy which means it adjusts to fit a child from 8 lbs to potty training and should in theory last indefinitely if I take care of them correctly (meaning I can re-use them if I have another baby in the future). Financially, cloth nappies just make sense, check out this cost comparison.
So I've done it, I've committed now and can't really go back. I am scared about the extra work that using cloth entails, but figure if I start with cloth I won't know any different. And I'm sure it can't be that bad - my sisters and I were all brought up in cloth; if my parents can do it, so can I.