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April 12, 2011

Modern Nappies – Finding the Best Recipe For Your Ideal Stash – 3 Helpful Tips (+ 1 Bonus Secret!)

Modern Nappies – Finding the Best Recipe For Your Ideal Stash – 3 Helpful Tips (+ 1 Bonus Secret!)

There are a wide variety of brands of modern cloth nappies (MCN) available in Australia and New Zealand.

Over 340 online retailers in fact. What type of these washable, reusable, money saving and landfill-sparing MCN will best suit your needs?

The best way to optimize your stash is to try a range before you settle on your final selection. My goal with this article is to offer you 3 suggestions, simple strategies to explore your options without breaking the bank balance.

1. Modern Nappies: Borrow and Share Around Different MCN with Friends.

Ask around. “Can I borrow one (or 3) of your All in One nappies for a week? I could lend you one of my Pocket Nappies in exchange” Easy. Swapping three means you can see how they go for a stretch of time. It’s best to set a date to swap back in these cases, then you can share experiences. Why not set up a ‘Nappychino’ to arrange your swaps? Having a cuppa at the same time, chatting with other mums is just great fun too. Everyone arranges a swap and you meet up next week to swap again and troubleshoot or strategize how to get more for your stash!

2. Modern Nappies: Swap and Trade Your MCN Online.

There is a MASSIVE online demand for pre-loved MCN. Many mums are easing into modern cloth by swapping and trading brands and styles to save money as they experiment for their ideal stash recipe. This can be done in the online communities of MCN enthusiasts – there are various forums for swapping, trading and otherwise moving them around the ‘great MCN continuum’ with little more than the cost of postage. All the while, a lot of fun is had, friends are made and your own experience and expertise grows and grows!

3. Modern Nappies: Buy 2nd Hand Cloth Nappies and Save.

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. Try them out.

Modern Nappies: Bonus +1 = Hire Cloth Nappies Through a Modern Nappy Consultant

The best way to optimize your stash is to try a range before you settle on your final selection. 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!

Cloth nappy shopping is secretly an underground addiction for mums flexing their retail therapy needs in the best way possible – your baby needs these special clothes everyday, and a number of them – what better ‘excuse’ could you have for buying pretty and useful things?

With these 4 tips you will find the ‘ingredients’ for your ideal stash recipe easily and efficiently, while talking with other mums, shopping for your baby, and generally having a great time making the most out of what is actually a mundane part of mothering: nappy changing!

Charndra invites you to win a modern cloth nappy by registering to play in one of the regular giveaways held on this informative and popular site.

You’ll discover great tips, secrets to finding bargains, and everything you need to know about green nappies and using any sort of nappy in a more environmentally friendly way.


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