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May 14, 2010

Cloth or Disposable Nappies: Too Scared to Make the Switch? 3 Reassuring Strategies

(+ 1 Reassuring Fact that Will Have You Racing to Get Your First Bundle of Fluffy Mail ASAP!)

You have entertained the idea of switching to cloth nappies, knowing that they will save you money and are better for the environment, and you’ve seen other mums’ babies in the funky and brightly coloured prints, and cool looking styles of modern nappies… BUT:

The idea of shelling out all that cash up front is too intimidating… what if they don’t work out for you? What if they are the wrong fit for your baby? Will you have just wasted all that money?

My goal with this article is to offer you three very effective strategies that will not only ease your mind, but reassure you that you are doing the right thing AND have you breathing a big sigh of relief that making the switch to cloth nappies is not that big a deal at all. In fact, it will be FUN!

The most important insight is to know that you don’t need to get a full-time set of cloth nappies straight away. You can break the ice by starting with one ‘green’ nappy and experiment…

Here are 3 Strategies to Guide You to Your Ideal Stash of Modern Nappies:

1. Modern Nappies: Buy a Few Reusable Nappies Secondhand.

At auction sites, specialist auction sites, trading or marketplace sections on parenting forums and dedicated cloth nappy forums, and sites specifically designed for moving quality modern cloth nappies from home to home.  Have a look at this list of places to buy or sell modern cloth nappies…

2. Modern Nappies: Hire a Set of Washable Nappies from a lending library or consultancy service.

Just like borrowing a library book, you can hire out a mixed set of cloth nappies, though for a fee. The terms and rates vary, and often, as they are localised services, you can benefit from the experiences of the mums hiring them out to work out what is best for your needs, as well as troubleshoot any of the many and varied little questions you may have. This is a huge benefit over buying secondhand nappies without an experienced nappy doula to guide your introduction to cloth! Have a look at this overview of various nappy hire, lending, library and consultancy services…

3. Modern Nappies: Buy Your Cloth Nappies in Bulk Value Packs to Save!

Yes, just like many other products, buying cloth nappies in bulk means you can gain them at a discount – it is easier for the supplier to bundle up a bigger lot than lots of little packages, and the savings also come to you. So, once you have experimented a bit and have a clear idea of the nappies you prefer, shop around for bulk packs of these nappies. They may include other items as well, such as wipes, additional inserts, and may have a range of styles or colour options as well. Visit my Nappy Style Window for Shops offering Bulk or Value Bundles of Modern Cloth Nappies…

What is the +1? Sell your Secondhand Modern Nappies!

second hand nappies of cloth

Where to Buy Your Cloth Nappies Second Hand

A Non Disposable Nappy is just that – you can RE SELL them all when your baby is finished with them. There is a MASSIVE online demand for pre-loved nappies – as we looked at in #1 above, many mums are easing into cloth nappies by trialling brands and styles of modern nappies second hand to save money as they experiment for their ideal stash recipe.

A question for you about second hand cloth nappies:

Where is your preferred place to buy and sell used cloth nappies online? What great bargains or cool sales have you made?


  1. My favorite place to buy and sell used cloth nappies is Trade Me in New Zealand. There is a lot of WAHM’s on there that sell new nappies as well.

    Comment by Tania — May 14, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

  2. I’ve seen quite a number of secondhand nappies for sale on ebay. I haven’t purchased any secondhand myself, but I don’t think I’ve paid full price for a new one either, I normally just wait for the sales, or I have bought in bulk to receive a discount.

    Comment by Sara — May 15, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

  3. I’ve bought & sold a few things on the trading rooms in various baby forums. I’ve picked up a few new items as well as sold some of my stash.

    Don’t be afraid to offer up your nappies as you will be surprised what people are willing to buy. Many people are happy to replace elastics themselves/do other repairs as long as they get a bargain.

    Comment by Carey — May 18, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

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