As of today Aidan has been in his BumGenius cloth nappies for a whole week. It’s been a lot easier than I expected and I finally feel like the outlay was worthwhile. I originally bought 12 nappies to use part time but once I started using them I wanted to use them full time, not bounce between both. 12 wasn’t enough so I ordered another 12 and 24 is the perfect number. I still have to do a half load of washing everyday but that’s only because Aidan is still little and “goes” a lot. It’s nice not to have to go to the shops and buy nappies every fortnight.
The changing station has evolved slightly. We still have disposables on-hand for emergencies but I don’t see that happening very often… unless I forget to do a load. The tiny garbage bin is the newest purchase, on sale from Target. It’s higher than a standard bin (for my back), has a lid and is even on wheels! The open draw is where I keep his nappies and contains everything Aidan needs for a happy butt.
On top of the tallboy is a basket containing biodegradable liners, lotions & powders, nappy garbage bags and Detol gel. Everything is sorted and in easy reach.
Using disposable wipes didn’t make much sense once we got on a roll with the cloth nappies. I still have a box of them under the change table though. Mum and I went to Spotlight and bought 2 meters of blue flannelet, some matching blue thread and sewed up a storm. Ok, so my Mum did pretty much everything as I was preoccupied with Aidan but we definitely collaborated lol. The flannelet is soft, has enough grip for messes and cost hardly anything. I received a free BumGenius Bottom Spray and it’s been quite nice but I think I’ll stick to water in the future. The spray is nice but not necessary.
A few weeks ago I bought a “nappy depot” to organise everything and I’m really glad I bought it. You’re meant to stack nappies in it but that’s where I put the wipes.
The bin, as weird as it is, works like a charm. Once it’s half full I just wheel it into the laundry and tip the contents into the washing machine. I’m going to make (get mum to make) a bin liner out of a shower curtain from GoLo, so much easier to clean.
Washing is pretty easy. A short cold wash, then a hot wash followed buy a quick rinse. I have the machine set to “low” and doesn’t take long at all. If it’s a hot sunny day I just put it on a long cold wash and then dry directly in the sun.
Then everything goes on the line. If the weather is shitty or I’ve left it a bit late the liners go in the drier for 30min and the covers just hang to dry as the don’t take long at all.
Overall I’m glad we went with cloth, it really suits us and Aidan seems happy with our choice. I even use them when we’re out & about. I’ve only been caught out once and had to use a back up disposable and that’s OK, things happen. I have a little “wet bag” in my nappy bag to hold all the dirty nappies and wipes and it works a treat, can’t smell a thing and Aidan’s done some real stinkers when we’re out. I’m just glad this first week went so well and I can’t wait to see how they go from here on out.