When you become a mum, you realise there are many things in life you never thought you’d say that become part of your everyday conversation. It’s nothing out of the ordinary to discuss things relating to labour and delivery, breastfeeding, and perhaps the best one of all: poo, pee, and all things potty-related.
First-time pregnant mothers will have no idea just how much these things will change their life, aside from the obvious life change involved with bringing a baby into the home.
As with anything trends come and go, and you are more than welcome to either hop on the bandwagon or catch the next train. A popular trend in all things baby right now is the art of cloth nappying. And believe me, it is an art. Mums who use this method are often passionately in favour of it, and commit to everything involved with the process early on in their child’s life.
While that can mean a bit of an investment up front, it’s something they will argue is well worth the investment. Yet almost as important as the nappies themselves are the methods of storing and organising them. Cloth nappying is much more intricate than the disposable alternative, involving several steps and pieces that can take up valuable space in your nursery or wherever you plan to do the majority of nappy changing.
Having a good place to store and organise everything helps keep you sane during those midnight nappy changes, but also can empower you to have a sense of confidence in what you’re doing in the first place.
Here are some steps to consider when you’re setting up your system:
Consider a location that works best for you.
Some new parents find the concept of a changing table unnecessary and redundant. Having a piece of furniture that the child will most likely outgrow in a year or two may not be your thing, but it is important to chose a place for storage that does work for you. If it’s not a changing table, consider re-purposing a dresser or designating a place in the home where the majority of changing will be taking place.
A drawer system of some kind is what many mums opt to utilise as they piece together a system for using cloth nappies. An example would be to have nighttime nappies (maybe with charcoal inserts at the ready) in one drawer, daytime inserts in another drawer, and things like nappy liners or wipes in a third drawer.
Dealing with the “dirty.”
It can be helpful to have a nappy bucket in the room you’ll be doing the majority of changes, but having a wet bag in your changing bag for on-the-go, as well as in another room or two in the home is also a good idea that may help as not all nappy changes can or need to happen in the same place.
Wipes and supplies.
Any wipe method that works for you is fine, but integrate a logical and convenient place for wipes and other supplies into your chosen system. This could be done using a small trolley that contains things like wipes, but also cloth-friendly nappy creams. Be sure to keep it at a convenient place for you that is also out of reach for your growing baby who will most likely be drawn to all the goodies (little tinker).