So as you know Beak is due in just over 12 weeks and the dilemma which has been plaguing me over recent months is “To fluff or not to fluff . . . ” – should we be using reusable nappies?
I’ve never used a reusable nappy in my life. I find the prospect so daunting – there’s so many types, different companies, different fits, all in ones, two in ones with wraps, proper old school terry towelling like my Mum used on me, disposable liners, reusable liners, bamboo, fleece . . . argh the list goes on and my brain is turning to fluff never mind my nappies!!!
Aside from the massive decision about what sort of nappy to choose (and not wanting to make an expensive mistake) I’m also really worried about getting them all washed! I already struggle to keep on top of the washing for our family of four, adding another person plus all their nappies in the middle of Winter? Surely that’s hopeless!!
And yet despite my fears a big part of me wants to give it a go. When I had Ben I knew nothing about reusable nappies, in fairness I made no effort to find anything out – the idea of them seemed like too much like hard work and I was very much a disposable Mummy. By the time I had Chloe I had come round to the idea more and thought perhaps I should have given it a go but didn’t think there was any point investing at that stage. I’ve since spoken to a good friend who explained to me how much money could be saved just on one baby wearing reusables (never mind the environmental impact).
So now I’m weighing up the pros and cons – basically I know where I’m at with disposables, I know the brand I like and I know what to do with them but they cos a fortune and fill my bin like nobody’s business. Fluff is a new adventure – but do I have the time to be learning something new with three children under 5? Do I have the time and space to get them washed and dried? Do I have the money to pay for them upfront (even though I know they will save me money in the long run?!)
I’ve had a look this morning and it seems my local council offers a short trial and £30 towards nappies if you decide to go down that route.
So basically I’m asking for your help! Tell me your experiences, what works for you?