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April 19, 2010

Cloth or Disposable Nappies: Too Scared to Make the Switch? 3 Strategies (+ 1 Reassuring Fact that Will Have You Racing to Get Your First Bundle of Fluffy Mail ASAP!)

Filed under: — charndra @ 2:52 pm

You have entertained the idea of switching to cloth nappies…

You know 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 modern nappies…

BUT:

The idea of shelling out all that cash up front is a tad 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.

There are many places to find second hand nappies. 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. There are heaps of them, so by visiting and doing a bit of research at a few, you’ll be likely to grab a bargain…

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!

3. Modern Nappies: Buy Your Cloth Nappies in Bulk – Value Packs Will Save you Money!

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.

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

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.

This is the worst case scenario. Somehow, you buy a full time set of say 24 nappies, and they are just NOT what you wanted – they do not suit your baby.  Easy. SELL THEM! Someone else will want them, and be thrilled to find the perfect nappy for their baby.

P.S A tip from the cloth nappy experts is to keep one of those nappies that don’t fit or are a seeming disaster – as babies grow and change so quickly, that nappy that seems so unsuitable now may be THE perfect option in 4 months time! (Plus, before you sell, have another ‘clothie’ mum check their fit – there are many little adjustments to optimise the fit of your modern nappies too.)

Click on the link below to discover when a free cloth nappy is being given away in a nappy competition here:

Register to enter a nappy competition to win a free cloth nappy on My Green Nappy.org…

Modern Cloth Nappy Giveaways in 2011

Register to Play in the Green Promise Nappy Giveaway

Green Promise Nappy Gallery

The Modern Cloth Nappy: Your Three (3) Main Options in Non Disposable, Washable Nappies

Environmentally Friendly Living With a Baby in Nappies?

Non Disposable Nappy: Pros and Cons of Buying WAHM Designed and Made Modern Cloth Nappies

P.S Are you registered to play in our regular nappy giveaway competitions?

Be sure to sign up to have your chance to WIN a free nappy sample for your baby!

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