We often get asked how many nappies you need to get started to use reusables. There is often surprise at our answer.
There is an overwhelming amount of well meaning information online about how to get started with reusable nappies. If you google 'How to get started with reusable nappies', there are over 12 million results. Once you start to look into those, there are the different types of nappies, differing advice on washing and lists of what you need to get started. There is a high chance that after a few clicks and scrolls, you are feeling overwhelmed with it all. We know because we take calls and receive emails from flustered parents to be and new parents.
When we are asked how to get started, we often say - you only need one nappy. That's all you need. We sell starter kits and big bundles of nappies but we don't always start here with our advice. Just using one can make a difference.
Lots of parents we speak to feel guilty every time they put a single-use nappy in the bin. Yet they think that moving to reusables is just too much hassle. We get that. Completely.
Changing habits is hard. There is a disconnect between what we think we should do and what we actually do. And we blame ourselves for it. The shame kicks in. We failed. We must go to the gym more, stop eating chocolate, come off social media. But the majority of us never do. James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, says that 9 out 10 of New Years Resolutions fail.
This is why we find change hard because we have such negative experiences of trying and failing. But what if we stop judging ourselves? And instead of reaching for big change, break it down into tiny changes.
Using one reusable nappy a day is a tiny change. Use it when you are having a day at home or at the weekend. It is one less nappy you have put in the bin that day, so you can ease your guilt that day.
Getting started with one reusable nappy means you can spread the cost too. You can add more nappies into your stash monthly as you get more confident with them.
That tiny change could lead to more tiny changes. We see this time and again in our community. Starting small can lead to more sustainable swaps. This blog from Laura talks about how one swap led to another. It's a lovely read.
Do you know someone who would like to switch to reusables but is overwhelmed? We have 20 nappy and small bag sets to giveaway and we would love to send it to parents to be or parents who want to give them a go. Nominate for yourself or someone else. To enter, simply comment below telling us about why you would like to win.
Competition terms are here.
EDIT: This competition is now closed and the winners have been notified.