We are having the great nappy debate at the moment. Since we announced our pregnancy, we have got all our baby gear out of storage to see what we actually need (as opposed to want), and the discussion began.
When we were pregnant with Little Legs, I decided we would use cloth nappies. We went and bought a set which should have lasted from birth to when she was potty trained. It wasnt cheap. Cost us about £250 if I remember correctly. I washed them all, got all prepped up to use them …. then had a change of heart, and sold the lot on eBay. I changed my mind because we were living in an apartment with very little outside space and no tumble drier. Phil was living in Scotland, I was on the south coast and I decided it was another hassle I just did not need. Rightly or wrongly, I didn’t look back. We have had no problems with disposables.
Fast forward three years, and now we’re having the exact same discussion. Only this time, Phil says nope, we tried that, it didn’t happen. My argument is this time things are different. Sure we’re in an apartment but this time we have a tumble drier and Phil’s home.
Based on DEFRA report I have been reading, the environment argument seems to cancel its self out. I will be using a tumble drier to dry most – if not all – the nappies, and I wont be passing these on to siblings to use. This bump will be our last baby. (You can read more about the data here, which explains it a lot better than I do!). The data suggests that with all the washing and tumble drying the emissions are the same. I am not sure that the data is really inclusive though. In fact, I would go and say that it is slightly misleading, because it doesn’t start with the cotton fields, forests, and the oil wells. Do feel free to correct me though – the more I read, the more the arguments confuse me.
Financially, cloth nappies seem to be the way to go. Again, I am getting two lots of data – some saying I will save over £1000, some saying more like £500. I don’t know which is right, but either which way, savings are savings, and that sounds like a winner to me.
I hear one of the problems with cloth nappies are problems with leakage. Although I think this was possibly a problem with older nappies. What I do know is that I never experienced problems with Little Legs and leakage, not once. This is probably my biggest concern.
My unanswered questions are as follows:
- if you’re out for the day, what do you do with all the used nappies?
- when you’re at festivals or camping, do you just go disposable for a few days? The thought of smelly nappies in my tent does not appeal, not one bit.
- I would imagine washing a load of nappies every two to three days. Is that realistic? Does that mean I need a nappy bin to keep them in?
- SomE say you need to wash at 60 degrees, others say 40. What do you do? I don’t want stainage!
- Which brands are you loving and hating?
- How many nappies do you need?
- What are the best liners?
I could go on, but will stop there … I need to convince Phil this is the way forward. And if I am totally honest, convince myself too – because I am sure I am getting a little bit distracted by the fabulous nappy covers available. Thoughts please.