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Reusable Nappies in General
Member Name: mum2boys82
Reusable Nappies in General
Advantages: Better for the environment (even if only slightly)
Disadvantages: Not as quick as disposables
Just read a review by someone else and thought what a great topic.
When I found out I was pregnant I decided that seeing as I was a generally green type of person that I did not want to be filling land fill sites with 1000's of nappies. I did a little research into reusable nappies and found out that a lot had changed since my mum used terry towelling nappies on me and my sister when we were babies.
Whilst trying to buy nursery furniture I spotted a birth to potty pack of reusable nappies and thought what the heck, I'll give them a try.
Sorting them out at home I was really pleased to discover how easy they were to use. You had 4 sizes of nappy outers, 2 sizes of inners, and you could buy any type of liners that you wanted. The outers were a white plastic material with velcro, no need for the dreaded nappy pins, the inners were a white cotton material and we purchased flush-able liners, although you can get reusable liners too.
The inners need folding into 3 and putting into the outers, you lay a liner on top to catch any poop and the job is done! Ok it's not as simple as just grabbing a disposable out of the packet, it means you have to wash the nappies and dry them on a regular basis, when they are small either every other, or sometimes every day! But I feel when it comes to the environment, as Tesco says 'every little helps'!
I do use disposables if we go out of the house as trying to carry round all the bits needed gets tricky. My bugbear is that baby clothes are no longer designed to fit big nappies, so sometimes we have odd selections of clothes sizes to make sure his bottom will fit in his trousers, but with the trend for reusable nappies coming back I imagine this will be sorted soon.
People think I am making extra work for myself by using reusable nappies, but I like to think that it is slightly more environmentally friendly (some people think the energy and water used to wash and dry reusables makes them just as bad for the environment but in a different way, I am not so sure of this), and also cheaper than using disposables, especially if you use them on 2 or more children! Also when your health visitor comes to see you she will be really impressed and you can feel smug!
Summary: Give them a try, you might like them
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