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January 6, 2011

Save Money By Using Cloth Nappies (by Kyra of Bubbalooba)

Save Money By Using Cloth Nappies

By Kyra Howearth of Bubbalooba

If you are already using cloth nappies, then I don’t need to tell you about thousands of dollars that you are already saving. However, you might not realise that there are many other ways you can maximise your savings, and save hundreds of dollars more!

If you want to save money, keep reading to learn some new ideas.

By using cloth wipes in conjunction with cloth nappies, you can increase your savings by a few extra hundred dollars – and seeing as you’re already comfortable with using cloth, you won’t mind using cloth wipes.

You can use them dry or moisten them with water or a wipe solution, which you can make yourself or buy from baby stores. If you think that’s a great way to help save money – wait – there’s more! If you are handy with an overlocker, you can even make your own wipes – just buy a metre or two of flannelette, cotton velour, or bamboo fleece, and cut into wipe-sized squares before overlocking around the edges.

Another way to save some dollars is by changing your washing detergent.

If you have been soaking your nappies, stop! It has been proven that soaking is unnecessary – not only can it harm your nappies, but the chemical residue can also cause skin irritations for your baby. If you hang your nappies on the line, they will be sanitised by the sun (even if they only see a few hours of sunlight), and any stains or odours will also be removed by the sun and fresh air. There are natural washing alternatives such as soapnuts which are just as effective at washing your nappies and other laundry – and work out to be a lot cheaper too!

One of the benefits of using modern cloth nappies is that many of the good brands out there can last many years of continuous use – so you could spend a few hundred dollars on reusable nappies for your first child, but if you were to buy second hand modern cloth nappies you will save money. You can even make your money back and sell them again once your child is toilet trained! You might be thinking, but who would want to buy my used nappies? There are Facebook groups dedicated to buying and selling used modern cloth nappies, and you could be surprised by how quickly someone will buy your nappies. Well-known brands and limited edition nappies are often snapped up within hours, if not minutes! You could also try selling your second hand nappies through local, second-hand product websites, or online auction sites (although some places may reject your listing for “used nappies” – you should read the terms and conditions first).

An obvious way which you can save money is by buying less nappies (which is easier said than done, especially if you are a modern cloth nappy addict!) – instead of buying 3 days worth of nappies, you could consider by 1-2 days worth and just washing more frequently, or even have a go at elimination communication (which can mean letting your baby go nappy-free throughout the day, or put your baby in nappies but offer regular potty breaks, so in theory, your baby should eliminate into the potty rather than the nappy).

By using these money-saving tips, even if it’s just one, I guarantee you can lower one of the main ongoing costs that come with having babies.

– Kyra Howearth – work at home mum and cloth nappy expert

Kyra is one of our valued Nappy Doula’s of My Green Nappy, contributing her experiences and tips regularly in these sensational articles. See more of her great tips. She has also donated two Green Promise Nappies to lucky mums!

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Save Money By Using Cloth Nappies

1 Comment »

  1. One more way of saving money is to sew your own nappies. There are quite a number of online stores that sell PUL, bamboo fleece, minky, microfleece, or microsuede and other materials.
    Better yet, use preloved materials in your nappies.

    Use a bought nappy pattern or find a free one online.

    Also try looking at op shops, or even asking on Freecycle.

    Hope this helps
    🙂 Rebecca @ Bean Sprout Bubba

    Comment by Rebecca Tham — January 8, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

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