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Would you use fabric nappies for your kids?

by Rachael Koch (follow)
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There are only a few things that all new parents have in common: lack of sleep, and plenty of baby poo.

Baby in a cloth nappy from wikipedia

How did you choose to deal with the latter? Did you use disposable nappies, fabric all-in-ones or did you skip nappies altogether and use elimination communication?

All of them have different benefits: environmentally friendly, better for your baby, more convenient, even affordability. What helped you make the choice? Would you make the same one again?

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What a funny question. When I had my daughter there was no such thing as a disposable nappy. We got through the '74 floods with cloth nappies and never thought twice. As for convenience, good grief, we used Chix nappy liners, emptied solid waste down the loo, soaked the nappies in NapiSan and washed them the same as anything else. The chemicals in disposables would put me off for a start and then there is the non biodegradable aspect. Nearly everybody has a dryer these days . . . it would be so nice to see bubs in lovely terry towellig nappies again.
by Rice
I used a combination when my son was younger. Disposables at night because they absorbed more helping him to be less disturbed during the night so he could sleep more, and cloth nappies during the day unless we were going out. It worked well until he got bigger and didn't like the cloth ones anymore. I'm hoping to get him out of them soon because they don't break down for a very long time and I want to minimise our footprint.
Disposable for me were better, with my last child.We lived in the Blue Mountains.
Nothing ever dried, sooooo that was that.No option.
Tried to once...but realized that it was a lot tougher than I imagined. So, converted to something a little easier.
My mum used fabric nappies on me as a bub. They are better for the environment, yet may be more maintenance.
We soon realised that disposables were a million times easier. No soaking/washing, less leakage, easier to put on, always on hand. And it's debatable whether they are actually worse for the environment than cloth nappies.
I would love to use fabric nappies, but I don't know how game I would be to face all that washing. I only purchase nappies when they are on sale. I know, I know. That makes no difference to the environment. But this post has got me thinking. Perhaps I will make the switch...
by Vee
I mainly used fabric nappies when my daughter was little but always had some disposable on hand for emergencies. It's also possible to buy cloth ones which fasten up like disposable ones do. These were very convenient as I didn't have to mess around with safety pins and folding in the correct way.
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