Environment, Raising healthy Children

Getting started with cloth nappies

Having had three babies, I am very conscious on the huge impact my family is having on the planet. Nappies are particularly bad: they are made of synthetic materials that don’t degrade, and end up in landfill. One child might go through 6-7 nappies a day, over 2,500 a year. It is simply madness! With my first two children, I looked for alternatives but didn’t get anywhere. Cloth nappies are a different pair of hands, and there is little support to navigate the different ones on offer. People around me were not quite supportive: But you will be using much more water to keep them clean! They will leak! That’s like going back to the Middle Ages, washing nappies by hand! To be honest, my Pampers often leak through too and that leads to more clothes in the wash, so on that front I am not sure cloth nappies are any worse.

I first bought a couple of basic nappies online (ebay) but was not particularly impressed: they didn’t hold anything and leaked everywhere. I gave up. When I found out I was pregnant again, I was determined to try again. I got a couple of Bambino Mio solo nappies (2 parts, insert and cover), as well as All In One (AIO) nappies with an attached insert.


Mio solos for newborns

I thought the Mio Solos worked well when baby was small, and they are quite practical: you can easily change the soiled insert and replace with a clean one. I have now moved on to Pop-ins with bamboo inserts, which are great as bamboo is very absorbent, and therefore they usually don’t leak at night. The only downside is that they take a while to dry, compared to cotton or flannel inserts. I also use the all in one Bambino Mios, because the prints are cute, and they are quite handy.

Pop-in on the left, Bambino on the right

Now folks, I am still not using cloth nappies 100% of the time, especially when I am out for the day. I do hope I will get there (before baby is potty trained!), but at least I know that each time I use a cloth nappy, it means one less in landfill. Another thing to keep in mind is that cloth nappies are quite bulky and tight trousers might not fit (which is a good excuse for buying new baby clothes🙈). If you have a baby around, give it a go, it is not as hard as it seems!

* If you live in the UK, check whether your local council is taking part in the real nappy scheme to promote cloth nappies. I received a £50 voucher from mine!