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January 1, 2010

The New Addiction for Mums: Modern Cloth Nappies – Why Does This Happen?

Are You Already a Modern Cloth Nappy Addict? Are You Feeling the Call of the Cloth?

What makes modern cloth nappies such an addictive hobby for Mums?

For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy Doulas about why they think it is that Mums will get one modern cloth nappy, then try out a few more nappies, then find themselves addicted, searching for bargains and gems, swapping with other mums, exchanging online, as they strive to reach that pinnacle: ‘Stash Nirvana‘…

With over 300 retailers of  modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand, there is clearly a burgeoning demand for these high quality modern versions of the faithful old terry nappies.

I’m pleased to have contributions from many friends of My Green Nappy included in this article. We have Emma from Brindabella Baby, Melinda from Avanappy, Mel from Little Para Pants, Louise from Scamps Boutique, Eva from Oz Baby Trends, Inge from Earth Kidz, Kyra of Bubbalooba, Cassandra from New Age Nappies, Annette from Iish Fly, Michelle from Issy Bear Nappies, Cindy from Ticklefish Tots, Ashley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLa, Tracey from Flattery, Bec from Baby Chilli, Kelleigh from Miracle Baby, Julie from Cloth For Comfort, Peggy from Fluffy Bubs, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Sasha from Green Kids and Kate from Nappy Days.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“What makes modern cloth nappies such an addictive hobby for Mums?”

Emma Davidson of Brindabella Baby:

My childrens grandmothers have a retail therapy addiction, so they already have more clothes than they can possibly wear. But nappies are one way that I can make a fashion statement (especially in summer, when they wear a t-shirt and nappy most of the time), and it’s easy to justify the cost when it saves money on single-use disposables.

Melinda of Avanappy:

Seeing all the nice designs and materials.
Mel of Little Para Pants:
They’re cute!

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

A combination of scrummy fabrics, colours, how cute they look on and just how easy they are, not to mention all the comments you get!!
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
I think because it’s not a selfish addiction – it’s something they’re doing for their baby, their back pocket and their earth and that’s something they should be proud of.

Inge of Earth Kidz:

Easy, save money, don’t spend time on soaking rinsing etc, and still do the best for your baby and the environment.

Kyra of Bubbalooba:

My addiction started with discovering all the wonderful fabrics out there…and with an increasing number of nappy fabric shops online, I’m forever finding cute new fabrics that I *must* buy!

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

I’m really not sure maybe its just a passion knowing you are doing your bit for bub and the environment.

Annette of Iish Fly:

I think it’s the feel, and sort of a fashion! Some mums like to co-ordinate the nappy to the clothes, or just make sure their bubs have the best looking nappy available.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Oh I just think because they are fun and cute whilst making us as Mums aware that we are doing the responsible thing! I am addicted too!

Alisha of Baby Safari:

There are some seriously cute nappies out there so you do get a bit caught up in it!

Carli from MiniLaLa:

They are simply too gorgeous to resist!!

Tracey from Flattery:

I think any mum loves buying nice things for their kids – nappies have the extra benefit of being practical as well – and tactile – fluffiness is the best!

Bec from Baby Chilli:

So many styles and prints to choose from. I think that some go a little overboard – but I am one too, though not ashamed to say so! I think its important to buy nappies from many different brands to see what you like and dislike. Then its good to have some that last the distance and some ‘show off’ nappies, plus you need night nappies and enough on hand for those wintery days when washing takes so much longer to dry.

Kelleigh from Miracle Baby:

There are so many different styles that mums want to try different kinds to find which one they like best. Plus with all the cute prints available, it is a little like shopping for bum ‘clothing’. Some of it is just too cute! Also, when something makes you feel good, you like doing it. Using cloth nappies makes parents feel good, so they come back for more. And so they should feel good because it’s a great thing they are doing.

Julie from Cloth For Comfort:

While they have been around for a few years now, MCN are still not widely known about or understood, so there are plenty of opportunities to share the exciting concept with others.

Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:
I think it is the same as any other fashion item. If you love something enough, you’d buy the same item in a different colour. The same goes for nappies, except you wear a different nappy anywhere from 5-8 times a day, so you need more!
Kate from Nappy Days:
They are so cute and adorable and it has become a fashion statement…mum has handbags and shoes – baby has re-usable nappies.
Sasha of Green Kids:
Hmmm, that is such a tricky question! I really can’t quite put my finger on it… Perhaps it’s the gorgeous colours and prints, perhaps the lovely fabrics, perhaps the nice feeling that comes with knowing you are making a step towards a more sustainable future for our children? I think it might be a mixture of these things. I know I used to love having a stack of colourful nappies all piled up and ready to use, very satisfying! Once you have made the decision to use cloth nappies, it is fun when you discover that you can actually choose from a huge range of fashionable colours, prints and fabrics, and they are justified purchases, rather than just fashion items, so that realisation can make it all a bit addictive!
Fashionable prints and gorgeous lush fabrics, a common bond, money saving over time, great for their babies!

Babies: it's easy to see why mums get addicted to cloth!

I really enjoyed the responses to this feature. What a great reason to buy a new nappy – it is a justified purchase that saves you money, makes your baby shine and helps the environment – ticks all the boxes really…

Thank you to all our nappy doula’s for their contributions,

P.S There is a question at the bottom of each of these features. Join in the conversation and share your own experiences and stories with us…

– Your Nappy Doulas –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of Mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.

Discover More from Your Nappy Doulas…

3 Recommended Resources to Help Feed Your Cloth Nappy Passion:

  1. Modern Cloth Nappies on Facebook
  2. Win a new modern cloth nappy through the 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative
  3. The Great Cloth Nappy Hunt

A Question for You:

When did you realise you had ‘crossed the line’ and become a modern cloth nappy convert or addict? Are You ‘Stash Happy’ yet? Is ‘Stash Nirvana’ a place you can reach, or it is just a myth…

15 Comments »

  1. I realised I’ve “crossed the line” when I realised I was spending a decent amount of time on the internet researching different nappies and what people think of them in search of “the perfect cloth nappy”!

    A limit in finances helps me curb my purchasing habit but I do look forward to trying a pile of different types of nappies for my new bub due in April!

    Comment by Michelle — March 16, 2010 @ 7:40 am

  2. I don’t know if ‘Stash Nirvana’ a myth or a reality.. I guess I haven’t reached it yet! I think I crossed the line from convert to addict when I discovered Bub Hub’s Cloth swap group…

    That ultimately lead to me doing a bit of a stash turnover, where I culled some of the things I wasn’t using as often, or that I thought were close to moving from good to fair condition and that I wanted to ‘trade up’ on.. And there were some new styles that I wanted to try.. So I sold some, and traded some, and for any profit I might have made, I’ve definitely reinvested it on my stash! All my new fluffy packages should be on their way soon, so I can’t wait to see what my new, improved stash ends up looking like!

    I think where it almost started to get out of control was where for some of my advertised nappies I had more enquiries than I could fill… so I started to see if I could source more, cheaply so that I could supply them out and not have to say ‘no’ to anyone! Fortunately, common sense prevailed and I’m planning to refer the ones I can’t supply to someone else who is selling them instead of being the middle man!!

    Comment by Tracey — March 16, 2010 @ 11:44 am

  3. We used several different types of cloth nappies on my first daughter. I kept the stash limited, and just washed a lot, but then my husband changed jobs, and we had a lot more money, so I felt freer to try more different types of nappies.

    This was probably when I I crossed into “addict” territory… I bought lots of new nappies for my second daughter, and we went completely to cloth wipes, and using cloth out and about all the time.

    I also encouraged both sister-in-laws to get into cloth when they had their first babies too… When one of them asked me for my advice on which nappies to get, and I was able to list the pros and cons for most of the nappy styles on the market, I knew I was addicted!

    Comment by Sara — March 30, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

  4. I played around with cloth with my first daughter, five years ago, but not until now (third daughter, 11 months old) Have I gone full time cloth, cloth wipes etc.

    The cloth nappies available now are amazing, and so much better than disposables. I realised I was an addict, when I was spending literally hours on the internet looking for different nappies, with serveral windows open at a time, while chatting to others online doing the same thing!!!

    I am also often finding myself talking about nappies, with people that don’t even have kids in nappies!!!

    Comment by Sarah — March 31, 2010 @ 7:20 am

  5. My addiction started fairly simply: in following the advice of other MCN mums online, I purchased a couple of mixed-brand packages so that I could try a variety of styles and see what I liked and what fitted bub best.

    However the more of them I had, the more I wanted. I think for me it is firstly a tactile thing; I much prefer the feel of cloth when I’m holding him and carrying him around. Plus I’ve found that the cloth actually works better…no more leaks on clothes (well, the occasional wet leak, but no poo-splosions down his leg or up his back).

    As well there is the fashion aspect, and backed up by knowing you’re doing the world good by using cloth and not making landfill. Bec from Baby Chilli’s response above sums most of it it up for me.

    Comment by Kylie — March 31, 2010 @ 8:49 am

  6. I didn’t know about modern cloth when I started, but chatting to other mums online soon had me eager to try something better than terry squares. So I started off buying a few second hand pocket nappies, and was instantly hooked.

    I always try to support local businesses, but there wasn’t a resource like My Green Nappy back then, so I didn’t know about all the great Australian-made nappies, made by mums at home (not factories). I bought a wide range of different brands to learn what I like and what I hate, but got the most satisfaction when I learned to make them myself!

    My stash now contains some old, trashed commercial brands, and lots of Extremely Nappies (my brand). Now I’m pregnant again so i have an excuse to make a whole new stash for myself, instead of selling all my unique, one-off creations to eager friends. A custom-made stash, full of punky, batik, funky and retro nappies – that will be my Stash Nirvana.

    Comment by Lara from ExtremelyNappies — March 31, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

  7. Finding the right fit was the thing that got me addicted. Once found, I bought more of the same nappies and just used those.

    Also I would go through ‘fads’ like pockets only, or AI2’s mixed with fitteds for night time, to only fitteds.

    Which started off my addiction to yarn and knitting wool pants and soakers!

    Then to nappy making fabric as I started to make cloth nappies myself.

    Yes one thing led to the other until I had a large stash.

    A big stash cull meant that I now only have itti bitti, Baby Beehinds, Bubba J, ecoBumba and my own homemade nappies and covers made from various patterns in the current rotation.

    Comment by Rebecca Tham from Bean Sprout Bubba — April 1, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

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