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So now my DS is 8 months old and I have a much better grip of everything, I am thinking about returning to cloth nappies.
We used them for approx the first 2 months, but I hated it!
I was using terry towel squares and felt like I spent my life either feeding DS or in the laundry soaking nappies!!
Now as I said b4, I have much more time and a better grip on it all. And economically it would make sense and also environmentally!
My question to you all is what are the better "modern" cloth nappies? Bearing in mind that I have a budget. I don't want to spend rediculous amounts, as money is a bit tight atm.
All advice/suggestions welcome!!
I did the MCN swap at 12 months, My faves are Itti bitti d'lish snap ins & All ins, baby bee hinds petites & magicalls.
There is a facebook page called buy sell MCN's, ive bought most of ours from there 2nd hand. Out of 50 nappies, ive bought 9 new.
chicken and eggs mum
Its really worth a try if you dont know what you want to get a sample pack of a few different ones, or put together one of your own - trying out all sorts!!
Each person likes MCN's for different reasons and has different needs with them!!!!!
We use a mixture of bamboo flats, Original pop ins and BBH fitted with covers - my needs are that its easier to separate to dry living in a cooler climate, the reason we use ones with pop out boosters and seperate covers.....
Did u know that you can dry pail nappies, they dont need to be soaked?? we just do a quick rinse if soiled and chuck in the bucket, if a non strong urine one, just into the bucket it goes - also do a pre wash on them, followed by a normal cycle!!!
Can you define "ridiculous amounts"?
I started DS in cloth when he was 5 months, DD is 2yrs and always in disposable. I didn't really know DS is our last or not and was on a VERY tight budget (it was the reason i swapped...Cheaper). I joined the buy and sell mcn's page on facebook and searched through there. I really wanted to use mcn's, but was worried as i had read on all the websites that i would need 15-20 and it would cost at least $600-$800 and i had no-where near that amount. The facebook site is mainly 2nd hand ones that are being sold due to either not fitting properly (all babies are diff, so you have to find which fits your bub best) or bub going to the next size. Sometimes you get lucky and get new ones or ones that have only been pre washed. I got most of mine pretty new.
I ended up buying 3 cheap new ones from ebay cost me $6.50 inc postage!!! Then i purchased 6 baby beehind petites from the facebook site which cost me another $72 and 4 other 2nd hand bumgenious from buyforbaby website for $40. So i had spent about $120 and had 13 nappies. I stopped there and got used to using them and washed them each night. I normally go through about 5 nappies a day now and DS is 8 months.
I ended up selling my bumgenious and getting some other baby beehinds as they are my favorite and then i splashed out another $96 for 3 pop-ins with night boosters. So now i have the pop-ins for night time use and baby beehinds for day use (combination of petites and magicalls) and all up have spent about $250 for 17 mcn's. I wash every 2nd day now.
You may need to try a few brands out before you buy a whole stash and i would definitely recommend joining the FB site as there are so many different brands. There is loads of advice on there and quite often you can pick up a free mcn from one of the generous mums as a ROAK!!
Anyway good luck, it is a cost saver for sure and really not very hard to manage.
I have my 20 month old in cloth full time. As I was completely new to cloth I wanted to try different brands and types so I probably spent more than I needed to by not buying in bulk. I did get some very cheaply by going to a demo day and buying specials there. I also only bought osfa as I believed that it would work out cheaper than buying sized nappies.
I have some (one or more of each) BBH fitteds (bamboo and hemp), minky and AIO magicalls, haute pocket, happy heinys pocket, mini-lala, cushie tushies and bumwear. I think that's all!
The cheapest were the haute. I don't mind them but they are certainly not my favourite. They are no good at night, not particularly trim and not the most absorbent. Saying that, they were only $10 and they make up my basic, everyday nappy stash. I don't mind if DD gets mud on them or slides around on the concrete in them because they were pretty cheap.
My fave 'going' out nappy brand is mini-lala. I do love them! They are really trim, fit so nicely, look so lovely and are really absorbent. They are also really easy and quick to put on, making them great for out and about. If anyone comments on DDs nappies it will usually be when she is in a minilala. They were $35 each though and are not good for night time.
The best value nappies I have used, in my opinion, are the BBH fitteds. They are $25 (can get them cheaper in bulk and on special). They are super absorbent, the best for night time and seem to be really well made and tough. They aren't very trim though and can be a little fiddly. They need a cover to waterproof them. I use BBH pul covers, which are sized and cost around $12 (again cheaper on special and in bulk).
If you look around and are a little lucky, you can get them at a good price second hand. I was very lucky and just paid $150 + $15 p&h for 20 BBH hemp fitteds, 15 pul covers (5 of small, med, large) and a couple of woollen covers. This has made for a very cheap stash for our third baby due in march.
I hope that helps!
Issy Bear minkys are my favourite. They are the best overnight nappy for my heavy wetter ds. They are bulky with both inserts but it doesn't seem to bother him. They are really cute too :). They are a bit pricey but you can use them day or night so are worth it IMO.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
I took a look at the facebook site too, looks good.
I will start off with a couple of different ones and see what we like. Ebay isn't bad for some bargains either.
I'm waiting for my Swaddlebees to get here :)
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