On the launch of our new blog Fluffy Mummy Jennifer, from My Mummy's Pennies tells us about her addiction!
It was when I was pregnant with my eldest that I first looked into the idea of washable nappies, I’ve always been environmentally conscious and using cloth on my baby’s bottom really appealed to me, as well as the idea of saving some pennies! However money was very tight at the time and with all the other baby equipment we needed to buy there just wasn’t the spare cash to spend in one go, so it got put on a back burner and we started buying packs of eco friendly disposables with our weekly shop.
When I found out I was pregnant for the second time, there was a lot less we needed to buy as we already had most things from our then 3 year old. This time I was determind to use cloth on my baby’s bottom and do my bit to reduce the nappy mountains! I managed to convince hubby by tempting him with the thought of how much money we would save in the long term!
I have to admit though, I wasn’t really sure where to begin, so I started by looking at the cost options and found that ‘prefolds’ ( use a folded square nappy with a waterproof wrap) seemed to be the cheapest. I couldn’t believe my luck when at the supermarket one day I saw a ‘starter pack’ from a well know brand of prefolds at a bargain price, reduced to clear!
At first we used disposables at night and when out and about but when Elizabeth was a few months old we decided that if we were going to do this we should do go the whole hog!
So I started looking into other types of washable nappies and attended a Nappuccino event at a local café. Here I was fascinated not just by the choice of different styles available but by how pretty some of them were! The choice was immense and I have to say at first I was a little overwhelmed! But after chatting to some of the fluffy Mummies, I knew that I had to find a style of nappy that fitted in with us! I bought some ‘preloved’ nappies to see what worked best for us and after just a few weeks I was sure that ‘pockets’ were the way to go! Easy to use, quick drying, available in some really funky designs and really simple to add more absorbency if required! I was really pleased to discover Baba+Boo and their range of pretty patterned pocket nappies at fantastically low prices!
I started to build up my collection of Fluff after this, buying some preloved, some new and even being lucky enough to win some! I am now proud to be able to say that Elizabeth has not worn a single disposable nappy in over 3 months! Just think of the amount of disposables we have saved going to landfills!
Do be warned Mummies, cloth nappies can be addictive! I now have over 50 nappies (It’s recommend you have at least 20, I’ve more than doubled that!) And every time I see a funky new design I want more…