Cloth Nappies : 5 Weeks To Go


Every new mum needs to make a decision which path of nappies that they will take. Is it going to be cloth or disposable. For me I knew straight away I was going to use cloth nappies. After seeing friends use the new designs which seem way easier than the ones my mum would have used. Mind you I also have some of the old-fashioned type with a couple of pins ready if we are going through nappies way too quickly and I can’t keep up with the washing.

The cloth nappies that I wore as a child were large square pieces of towel like material either thin or thick and by the feels of it also cotton. My mum showed me how to fold a nappy, however I think I am going to have to do a hands on demo with her to perfect the art. I will be using the old nappies that have seen better days on top of our washing machine (change table) to protect bub from the cold surface when changing. Also I might use the thin ones as a spew cloth.

A few of my friends have shown me their nappies and how they work. These days they come in smaller sizes which is great for newborns. I ended up choosing Real Nappies as my modern nappy of choice. The idea of using a shell on the outside and then the nappy itself and a lining was the simplest to use. We only have to fold the nappy simply, no trigonometry required to perfect the traditional style, so both Roy and I will be able to master nappy changing with ease. The fabric of the nappy goes inside the shell and then you add the liner and presto baby is ready to go again.

As most of you are aware we are on farm which means water is a real talking point for us. We can’t use loads of the stuff to do our washing. We usually only do two washes a week with the both of us home. So when bub comes along we will be doing plenty more. That is one of the reasons why we bought an extra tank to accommodate our new little one’s need of clean nappies. The Real Nappy system is quite clever, you have a disposable liner which is flush-able so when bub poos you can simply flush it down the loo. Which also works for our septic system and creates less rubbish for us to cart out of our property. Underneath the liner is the cotton nappy which is the absorbent material, which after the liner is removed it can just be put in to a nappy bin. No soaking! For me this is the best part, using less water and no nasty chemicals  that can’t go down our septic system. They just need to be washed at 60’c and left out in the sun to dry and they are good to go again.

The nappy shell is a genius idea too, they don’t need to be changed as much as the nappy and liners do. They last a little longer if you get to any accidents quickly. Making less washing and I love the idea of less washing. Speaking of less washing I have two packs of disposable diapers ready just in case. One will be going with me to the hospital when bub is born and the other is for emergency use only at home or if we are going out.

Our philosophy of simple living involves the cost of having a baby and how it will affect us. I have recorded our spending on the baby so far. But when baby comes I will also take note of what we are spending. I don’t feel it will affect us too much,  while using cloth nappies we will save thousands of dollars and I will be feeding bub on breast milk so it’s just clothing left to get. Lucky for us we have been given heaps of things so, we wont be spending much there either. The budget of what we have spent will be up in a couple of weeks.

Real Nappies are made in New Zealand with 100% cotton.




DISCLAIMER: Real Nappies gifted me a Newborn Essentials Pack. However all opinions of the nappies are my own and I feel that they are a quality product, which should be shared for new mums.


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  1. Congrats on using cloth nappies. I have used them for both my kids now, and will continue to do so. Right up til they are toilet trained. I use old school terry cloth squares, the ones your mum would have used. We save so much money using cloth. We also use cloth liners and wipes. The sun is definitely the best sanitiser. Good luck with your up coming birth and congrats.

  2. Not long to go now, and my daughter is five weeks behind you! I was living on a boat when I had my two daughters (30 + years ago) and used cloth nappies (of course) we had plenty of salt water, but not a lot of fresh. I used to soak and wash the nappies in salt water and then give them a final rinse in a little fresh water with a bit of vinegar added. These new nappies look so easy to use – love the liners.

  3. It’s lovely that you share your news with us, all the very best when the baby arrives. My babies are now 24 and 21 and I loved being pregnant and the birth’s went well even though baby no. 1 was 8 weeks early but a little fighter she didn’t look back no problems. We look forward to seeing our new member of the family very soon.

  4. We used terry cloths for my daughters – 100% for ‘Salina and daytime for Paris. The added unspoken bonus is that they do toilet train that much earlier (are you using EC at all?).

  5. Not long now Lizzie! Your decision to use cloth nappies is commendable. I hope the Real Nappies brand is easy to use. They look like they are. I look forward to finding out on here how they go, as I used cloth nappies for a few months with my son but would like to use them the whole time with my next bub.

  6. We’ve gone the cloth nappy route also, they were all bought off gumtree and eBay. But, like you, have a few disposables up our sleeves.

  7. Look at that beautiful baby bump! I’ve used cloth nappies for all my kids. I get asked about it all the time too!

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