To fluff or not to fluff . . . this is most definitely the question!

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?

reusable nappies on washing line

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20 Comments

  1. katefever
    August 14, 2013 / 6:24 pm

    Ooooh I LOVE fluff. I was worried it would be too complicated and time consuming but I actually don't find that to be the case. I prefer all in ones as they go on just like disposables. Even the hubby likes them! And it amounts to about 2 extra wash loads a week, max. I could go on…..but in a nutshell….GO FLUFFY!

    • August 14, 2013 / 6:26 pm

      Two extra loads isn't anywhere near as bad as I thought! I like the idea of the all in ones I think, nothing too complicated here.

  2. Anonymous
    August 14, 2013 / 6:32 pm

    I loved fluff with ella. The best for us and cheapest was baba and boo and they do a variety of different colours. I prefered pockets but I also had alot of itti bitti d'lish ones as they were snug fitting. I found fluff to a life saver on costs for a while but when ella reached walking age she began to leak and found it difficult to keep up with her being wet all the time however I felt I should have changed brands to find a solution but instead I went back to disposable ones as I went back full time and struggled to get into a routine. I would defo trial all different ones. My favourite being wee notions, tots bots and baba and boo. And its all trial and error. Your find ones you like and dont and the ones that dont work for you sell on. :).

  3. Emmysmummy
    August 14, 2013 / 7:34 pm

    O thought about it, tried one and couldn't be bothered tbh. Had I had more nappies I probably would have tried harder but def hard to figure out if its for you with only 1.

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:39 pm

      Yes I can totally see where you're coming from!

  4. Monkey Footed Mummy
    August 14, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    I can't offer any advice as Im going fluff for the first time with no3 any day , , we can learn together, I have two drawes full all pre loved, inherited or less than half price so keep your eyes peeled and try free cycle to I got a load of little lambs that way. My plan is sposies for a little while until I feel human/have established breast feeding and gotten rid of all the black poo!!! Then just try them and keep track of what we love/hate. We have a brilliant blogging /mummy community here so I think we will get plenty help and support xx

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:47 pm

      Ha has if I had forgotten about the horror of black poo!!

  5. August 14, 2013 / 7:14 pm

    I had all of those questions before I made the switch and the only way you can answer them is to give it a go! I did and I've never looked back! My daughter is two and a half and just mastered day time potty training and I can honestly say that I will miss them. With two young children I didn't really notice the extra 2 – 3 loads of washing a week as it felt like the machine was always on anyway! I would advise getting a few different styles to try (ether pre-loved or with your voucher from the council – I can recommend a great shop in Leigh to go and chat to in person and have a look at the different types if you like?) then mix them with disposables at first while you get used to having a newborn again and see which ones suit you and beak. Then start to build your stash up gradually. That saves spending out a lot up front and also me and that you can get used to the ones that work best for your baby. I can also put you in touch with some local cloth libraries if you like?

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:17 pm

      That would be great thanks Jen. I hadn't really thought of doing a bit of both while we got started. Was just thinking I needed to jump in with both feet which seems so daunting!

  6. August 14, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    Go for it. I usually do an extra 2 or 3 washes a week. I use them 90% of the time. But for example we were out all day today, and I wanted to pack as light as possible, so took disposables. Drying can be difficult in winter, but I just put them on drying racks on the radiators. Saying that some of the newer ones dry very easily (tots bots easy fit, Mio solo, bumgenius freetime)I would try some from the cloth library or somewhere and go from there.

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:31 pm

      I'm liking the idea of this half and half business! Suppose it doesn't save quite as much money but it's got to help!

  7. August 14, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    I tried a few different nappies and most liked the all in one design. (with a disposable liner). I didn't have a problem with leakage. I went back to disposables when my son got bigger but its worth a try. Just get a few and use them when at home and see hoe you get on.@jessw2011

    • August 14, 2013 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks for your advice 🙂 X

  8. August 14, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    I love fluffy nappies, but I think its a very personal choice and as I've helped with the library the reasons that people want to use them are wide ranging. Have you checked if you have a nappy library near you before you part with any dosh? I also wrote a wee blog post of my own on some of the reasoning I went through when wondering whether or not to make the switch myself which you might like to read! http://www.lifeofababymaker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/to-fluff-or-not-to-fluff.html

  9. August 15, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    If I have another baby, I think I will try cloth nappies tbh. They looks so much better and work out a lot cheaper in the long run!

  10. August 16, 2013 / 9:36 am

    I want to try cloth nappies if we have another but I'm just like you: no idea what to buy, worried about wasting money on something that's no good and worried about all the extra washing.

    • August 16, 2013 / 12:36 pm

      I'm definitely coming round to the idea of trying a bit of both to see what works I think.

  11. August 16, 2013 / 9:52 am

    I wanted to try them but time, effort, etc put me off but I didn't look into it properly. You should definitely go for it x

  12. Judith Hurrell
    April 25, 2014 / 11:13 pm

    I tried them but had a winter baby with pongying poo due to lots of medical issues. It was hard work and I never managed to conquer the smell issue. Went back to disposables after a couple of months but wondering about digging out the real nappies now it's getting warmer… If baby girl will let me…. Good luck – I found all in ones the best. x

    • April 26, 2014 / 7:59 pm

      That sounds a complete nightmare for you! I do think having a winter baby definitely contributed to me not trying before now x

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