This guide will help you to do your research, comparing prices, postage and other factors with ease.
When you are looking into buying some modern cloth nappies, keep in mind that you are shopping for your baby, and shopping is fun.
Cloth Nappies are an item of clothing that is used every day – it is a justified purchase!
Getting great bargains and the modern cloth stash of your choice is a matter of making a few decisions and then taking the plunge.
No matter what you choose, it is great to know that there is a booming market in second hand nappies, so worse-case scenario, you don’t like what you first choose, simply sell it on to a new home.
Quick Modern Cloth Nappy Tip: Start with Just ONE modern Cloth Nappy. Each time your baby wears it, you will save on a disposable. Having even one cloth nappy will hold you over when you run out of disposables. You might start with one, then get another next month…
Well, here you go, well done! I hope you have enjoyed having a look around My Green Nappy and that you’ll keep in touch. This month there will be heaps of new resources appearing and soon we’ll have our yearly Green Promise Nappy Event.
Visit the My Green Nappy Hunters Thread… – In case you’d like to say Hi and tell us what you liked about your tour of My Green Nappy today.
Do you know about Baby Pottying to reduce your nappy washing?
I have one last thing to tell you about in my P.S below, which is how you can reduce your nappy washing my including a little EC into your baby’s day. EC is elimination communication, and means sometimes skipping the use of a nappy. It is a term used to describe an ancient, gentle approach to baby hygiene involving observing your baby, noticing signals they make before weeing and pooing, and anticipating their need to go by removing their nappy and offering them the change to relieve themselves in a potty, the toilet, even a simple bucket. Saves you washing that nappy.
When baby goes, you’d make a ‘cue’ sound, like ‘sss’, which they can begin to remember at future opportunities, and can then go ‘on cue’. It’s as simple as that, but of course more complex, as a baby is not a robot to program! EC is thus another option to fold into your day – perhaps at each nappy change you will offer baby a potty break as you sing a potty song and smile at them. Make sure the potty is warm or they may get spooked, though! Lots of Mums secretly do it, (and a lot of the cloth nappy shop owners do too, I happen to know!) Can you imagine offering your baby a potty break at each nappy change? – it is the simplest way to begin, and see what happens from there…
P.S One last thing resource you might want to gather today to read later is my free eBook about Elimination Communication. Nearly 5000 others have read the 7 Secrets to EC… Elimination Communication and Modern Cloth Nappies are an excellent match for one simple reason: less washing. I have a whole other site on the topic of EC called Tribal Baby. Perhaps start with my recent post: Starting Elimination Communication With Your Baby: A Step by Step Guide to EC…
Do some research and decide the style of nappy that you want to focus on. Browse some Modern Cloth Mini Trends, or look at My Nappy Style Windows. All-in Ones, Pocket nappies, fitted or shaped with covers, perhaps traditional prefolds, the most simple of the modern cloth nappy, or the improved trifold? Find out more about different types of nappies via Our Nappy Experts and their range of helpful cloth nappy information, advice, tips and tricks. See what other mums are using: My Green Nappy – Do you have one? and That’s My Green Nappy! – Describe your first modern cloth nappy…
Knowing you have $100 to spend is a start, helping you to find nappy sets within your budget range. Perhaps you are going to spend $250 and get a sizeable stash, or less and get some more later on… Decide on a nappy budget range and add that to your guide.
Modern Nappies: Where to Start? I Have $50 to Spend, What Cloth Nappy Do I Buy? – Expert advice about starting with modern nappies with a $50 budget…
Which brings us to numbers – enough for one or two days, and using disposables the rest of the time? Part- time nappies will mean about 12 – 15 nappies. Full time, you’ll need around 24 or so. It really depends on how often you like to wash – more nappies means washing them less often, and you can put them all through a full load. Less nappies means saving more, but more frequent washing. Though, aim to not have too much of a delay in washing. See some helpful tips for when you get your new cloth nappies at the end of this page.
Buying nappies online means you WILL need to factor in postage, unless you target a local retailer and can arrange to go and pick them up from their home or a market they go to. Keep your eye out for specials on postage – you can sometimes even get free postage on bulk orders if you are patient. Knowing how many nappies fit in a postage pack is another way to save, as buying one nappy at each shop will be far more expensive than three from the one place, as postage is based on weight and can be combined.
Bulk packs, value packs, mixed brand packs – these are always a good bet for saving! Keep a sharp eye out for these offers, and you might find a decent discount can be applied. Packaging up one larger lot of nappies is also easier for the retailer!
Yes, you can ask. Ask for advice – they love to help. Perhaps you can find a better combination of nappies to suit your needs, or gain a bulk pack discount, even for a mixed variety of nappies, simply by asking… Read through the FAQ on the site to be sure you know the features and benefits of the nappy style, and how to use and care for them. Nothing worse than stuffing up on the first wash by accidentally putting them in with a set of white clothes and having them run! Though, often the fabrics are pre-washed, it is often recommended to pre-wash your nappies to maximise their absorbency and just to be sure… Also, see if the retailer promotes that they are experienced and happy to answer questions – some stores might not have the experience, and recommend you talk to the original maker. It’s good to know these things.
You may like to factor in perhaps more ephemeral or ethical factors, things like which website you liked navigating, how easy it was to look around or chat with the owner, consider the ethics of the materials used and production methods, favour only natural products, or ensure the nappies come from a pet-free and smoke-free home. These things are often mentioned, and can become part of your decision if you have some similar choices facing you.
I invite you to download my free guide, ‘Your Modern Cloth Nappy Buying Guide – a Key to Finding the Best Cloth Nappy Deal for You.’ It’ll help you to do your research, comparing prices, postage and other factors with ease.
Good luck on your search!
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