When I told my friends that I was going to use BB as a human guinea pig and put her in cloth nappies for Real Nappy Week I must admit the response was not overwhelmingly positive, in fact it was so negative that I decided not to even bother waiting for Real Nappy Week to start before taking BB out of her disposable poo holder and putting her into a cloth one.
Bambino Mio offered to send me a set of nappies to trial and admittedly before they arrived I nipped out and purchased a few extras. Twin Boy and Girl thought they were hysterical and wanted to know why I was wrapping BB in a muslin square. I tried to explain the variety of reasons as to why I was changing tack on nappies but Twin Boy got bored quickly and summarised for me by saying:
“You are changing nappies to save money so we can go on holiday again?”
Hey every penny counts so I like his thinking.
BB has now been in cloth nappies day and night for over two weeks and I feel justified in being able to respond to some of the feedback I initially received when I announced my decision to change what I dress my daughters backside in.
1. My washing will increase – I live in a house with five people, I cannot remember a day when my washing machine wasn’t shouting at me from the kitchen. I spend more time pressing knobs on the washing machine than I do pressing any other knobs so trust me three to five little cloth nappies on top of the excessive amount of laundry I do pretty much goes unnoticed.
2. BB will smell – I am proud to report BB still smells like fresh wind with a hint of roses. If anything the nappies disguise the smell of bodily functions more than disposable ones and trust me she is teething at the moment so her bottom is producing some blooming awful things so anything that helps contain the stink is welcome in this house.
3. BB’s bum will look like a baboons ass – My daughters beautiful little bottom is still a beautiful little bottom; not that I am biased….
All in all I am having a pretty good experience with my Bambino Mio nappies; as usual I am a little cross with myself for not trying them with the kids, but I think my insecurities as a first time mum ensured that I never did anything against the norm.
Check out Bambino Mio’s website to see the real reasons why reusable nappies are a good idea, they can tell you all about how it takes up to 500 years for a disposable nappy to decompose and they can explain how using cloth nappies can save you up to £700 so you can take Twin Boy on his jollies.
And in the mean time check out these bloggers sites as they all try out reusable nappies for the first time as part of the Real Nappy Week trial and wish them luck.
- Mothers Alway’s Right – a former disco queen, turned journalist, turned mum to frog (10 month old daughter) @mothersright
- Whimsical Wife – a fabulous mummy (baby boy), housewife, cook, enthusiastic eater, reader, writer, veggie grower, optimist and drinker of wine…@whimsicalwife
- Edspire – proud mum to twins, Esther and William who were born 3 months premature and the reason she started blogging @estwill
- Mummy Musing – first time mummy to gorgeous little girl, C, born June 2009 and wife to M who she married in January 2006. Mummy musing also works part time as an accountant @B4kersgirl
- Mummy, Daddy and me makes three! – Mrs E, happily married to Mr E since December 2009, living together in East Anglia with their little baby girl Mads, who was born on Christmas Eve 2010 @mummydaddyme
- Knees up Mother Brown – lives in Durham with her wonderful husband Alex and beautiful daughter Zara whos is 16 months old and the most recent addition to her family, Oscar who is 2 months old @dawnie_brown
- Mummy Mummy Mum – full time mum of 3 little children, living in Hampshire. Also a psychology student with the Open University. Needs more hours in a day! @mummymummymum