Once the mayhem of the first few months were over, we started to realise just how many nappies we were getting through in a week. I hadn’t quite prepared myself for the amount of waste and extra washing that such a small little thing could generate! We decided to try and cut down on the waste by switching to reusable nappies (cloth nappies). We chose TotsBots Easyfit, they look good and they are as simple to use as disposable nappies.
Easy to use cloth nappies
There are a few obvious issues that might go through your head if thinking about using a cloth nappy.
Are cloth nappies hard to put on?
No! when looking for easy to use cloth nappies, we liked the TotsBots Easyfit for this exact reason. The nappy is all in one, so no messing with inner / outer wraps. Each nappy has a set of adjustable poppers that mean you can get a snug fit on the baby. The overall shape of the nappy is just like a disposable. No magic folding needed, other than pushing the fleece part under a flap.
If your baby is on the small side, don’t worry, they have a nappy for teeny babies!
Are cloth nappies messy?
No. You put a thin paper liner in the nappy. When a poo pops out, you can usually extract it in one easy go with little / no mess.
We practice a moderate form of cloth nappies. If our little one is ill or we are expecting a mess, we’ll use a disposable nappy. But for day-to-day wearing, no issues with poo.
If you are looking for easy to use cloth nappies, then Tots Bots Easy Fit are a good way to start. They are less complex than other cloth systems (which can have separate inner and outer parts), but also much simpler to use than old style cloth nappies with origami like folding!
Will it make my clothes smell if I was them?
No. You can buy a TotsBots Accessory Pack which includes a bucket to store up a washes worth of nappies. Using this, we only wash nappies on their own, not in with other clothes.
So many colours to choose from
The other great thing about Totsbots Easyfit nappies is the wide range of colours and patterns to choose from – we’ve put some of our favourites below.
Do cloth nappies save you money?
Yes! We’ve definitely found it has made financial sense to switch to cloth nappies, even when not using them 100% of the time. According to CleanGreenNappyMachine.com you can save up to £1,200 by using cloth nappies.
We use the cloth nappies mostly during the day, using Pampers 12 hour dry nappies over night.
See how many nappies you can save!
Based on our strategy, we probably use on average 2 disposable nappies a day (this is maybe a little higher than we actually use, but makes the numbers easier). If you assume an average of 6 nappies per day, you can save literally thousands of nappies in the first 3 years.
Cloth nappy voucher schemes
There are a few councils which provide money saving vouchers or services for parents who choose to use cloth nappies.
- West Berkshire – £30 cashback if you spend over £60
- Cumbria real nappy campaign – voucher for £30 (first time applicant with one child) with a minimum spend of £45, or £45 voucher (first time applicant with twins) with a minimum spend of £67.50
- Lincolnshire scheme – £30 cashback if you spend over £50
- Guernsey – £35 voucher towards real nappies, call 202250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Devon – free trials and 20% off first purchase of real nappies
- London – help and support from nappy advisers
- Surrey – free trial kits
- Cheshire east – £25 cashback on purchases over £50
Schemes are subject to change, details above as of Dec 2014. If your council is not listed, it is worth phoning and seeing if they have a similar incentive. If other councils do offer incentives, let me know via the comments and I’ll update the post.
Overall, we really like the Tots Bots nappies and thoroughly recommend them. Easy to use cloth nappies do exist!
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