I'm 23 weeks and 4 days.
Uh oh, I have become a mum and she's not even come out yet. I am going to talk about baby's toilet habits. Poo.
Nappies. Who knew it was such a minefield. Anyone reading this who is not a parent, or planning on being one any-time soon, probably doesn't know or care about decisions regarding nappies, but wow let me tell you it's pretty daunting. I try to be as "green" as possible, and even as a clueless non-mum I knew that disposable nappies are really bad. So now that I have to research, and believe me you do have to research, the options surrounding a more eco option I'm so torn between ideals/budget/practicality.
The world of resuable nappies has come on leaps and bounds, and there are several "types" of reusables to choose from, not to mention which brand. I have reached a point in my research where I'm actually watching promotional videos for nappies. What have I become. The main things I've learn't are:
- you can wash them in the washing machine at 60degrees
- some of the types come in two main parts - a fabric inner nappy and a waterproof outer, but some are all in one. you can also put in a liner to catch poos and this can be flushed down the loo. it sounds like the two parters are much better than they used to be and might be the most reliable for non-leakage.
- most reusables have adjustable sizes with various fasteners and poppers, so can be worn from birth to potty training.
One plus to reusables is that although you have to fork out a lot of money up front, you can save between £200-£600 by not using disposables, which is really important to us as we'll be having this baby on a tight budget. So we can be green and save some dollar. Win win.
Saying that, a LOT of the products I've been looking at are pretty expensive. I guess that a lot of people who choose to go green are wealthy and can afford to splash out of fancy patterened covers for their babies bums.
For example this nappy is £15, and realistically you're going to need at least 10-20 nappies otherwise you'd have to do a washload every day. Plus you need to buy nappy liners, and maybe "booster" pads for extra absorbancy at night. And add in the washing costs. Eeek.
Baba and boo is reasonably priced for an all-in-one nappy (the nappy lingo is "pocket" nappy as you tuck in a pad to a pocket inside the nappy). They're £9.25. And the patterns are much cuter/more subtle than a lot of others I've seen. It wont let me copy and paste a picture but here's a link
And at the beginning I thought a pocket nappy would be great, mostly because I didn't want to worry about an outer waterproof layer. But advice seems to be that getting a two-part nappy works out cheaper and is less likely to leak. The cheapest set I've found is £121.90 for everything I should need including 6 covers and 24 inserts (you dont need to wash the waterproof cover each time you change the insert, just when it gets soiled), lots of liners and a bin to seal away dirty nappys until wash-time. The nappies are made by econobum and I like the really simple white design.link here
But I'd like to get a few different single nappies to see what works/what baby likes best. I've come around to the idea that we should use disposables at the very beginning, because most reusables wont fit until baby is a certain size and despite me eating like a pig that past few weeks, I suspect that she'll be quite small like I am. We'll definitely get eco-disposables though, so at least they're biodegradable. Plus realistically we'll need disposables for when we go out and stuff, but even if we only use resuables half of the time I'll be proud of at least trying.
Sorry for the nappy talk. From now on I'll try not to be so boring and just post about cute outfits.