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October 23, 2011

How to Switch to Cloth Nappies on a Budget

Filed under: Modern Cloth Nappy Advice — charndra @ 7:00 am

How to Switch to Cloth Nappies on a Budget

How to Switch to Cloth Nappies on a Budget

By Melissa Smith

Whether you’re starting cloth with a new baby or an older baby after using disposables since birth, starting out with cloth nappies can seem like a daunting task. When the cost of a box of disposables costs as much as a single modern cloth nappy, on the surface, it does look unequal. However, it’s easier than you think to build up a decent stash while still keeping to budgetary constraints.

First, do a search on where to buy secondhand nappies. Buy for Baby is an Australian site (similar to eBay) for secondhand baby items. eBay also allows the sale of secondhand cloth nappies with some restrictions. Check out places like natural parenting forums, as many members of these forums will sell their nappies there as well. Nappycino is an online hub of all things related to cloth nappies. Your Google search may come up with other options. Sometimes op shops and baby shops will have secondhand nappies so have a look locally as well. And you never know – garage sales may turn up some nappies too.

Now that you know where to get them, make sure you buy all different types and brands of nappies. A few pockets, a few fitteds, a few all-in-ones, and some flat nappies, either terry flats or prefolds. Try them all out and find out which ones work for your child. Different nappies will fit different babies. Some nappies fit better on babies with chubby thighs; others are better on skinnier babies. Some babies react to synthetic fabrics while others don’t.

After you’ve worked out the best nappies for your baby, join those companies’ Facebook pages and newsletters, and subscribe to their blogs. These will keep you abreast of any sales or special offers they’re having. If you need to, set a little money aside every fortnight so you can be prepared for any sudden sales. If you’d rather buy secondhand, you can go back to the places you bought your original nappies in the first place, and buy more of the ones you like whilst selling the ones you don’t like. This way your sales can fund new purchases, and everybody wins!

Do you sew? Watch for sales at Spotlight, Lincraft, and any other fabric shops near you. You can make up fitted nappies easily enough without having to order in any special fabrics. Just some flannelette or terry towelling, swimwear elastic, and velcro or a Snappi will be enough to get you started cheaply. You can find nappy patterns online which are free as long as you don’t plan to sell them, or you could draft your own pattern.

And if you’re still pregnant, don’t forget about friends and family. When they ask what you need for the baby, tell them you’d like to use cloth, and you’d appreciate some cloth nappies or a bit of money to put toward your purchases.

If you want liners, you can make your own from microfleece or polar fleece. One metre of either fabric will give you about 30 15 cm x 30 cm liners for only a few dollars. Since they’re knit fabrics, you don’t even need to sew – just cut and use!

As you can see, it doesn’t have to be expensive to build a cloth nappy stash. If you use these tips, you can save a lot of money and still have nice nappies. And what’s more, when you have a big enough stash, you’ll be saving even more money by not buying disposables!

This article is also located at Little Para Pants

By Melissa Smith of Little Para Pants

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