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January 5, 2012

Cheap Cloth Nappies – Recommendations for A Budget-Friendly Washable Cloth Nappy Stash…

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Cheap Cloth Nappies – What Is Your Recommendation for A Budget-Friendly Washable Cloth Nappy Stash?

You want to get your cloth Nappy Stash on the cheap to get started? Here are our experts’ tips on buying a budget friendly stash of cloth nappies…

Many mums are on one or a reduced income while there are little ones in nappies, and saving money is a high priority. Perhaps, a cheap stash is needed to get started, to save more money so better modern cloth nappies can be saved up for. What is the best advice? Let’s find out…

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

Let’s see what they have to say about our modern cloth nappy question:

Cheap Cloth Nappies – What Is Your Recommendation for A Budget-Friendly Washable Cloth Nappy Stash?

Kelly from Nappy Needz:

There are plenty of options out there if you are looking for something reasonably priced, you don’t have to rely on flat nappies either.  Although nappies are expensive to buy upfront, don’t forget that you’ll be saving quite a bit by using them, so it works out slightly more reasonable.  You can often sell them on after use, which helps with the cost, and it’s also worth looking at what you can get hold of second hand.  A good fitted nappy would be our one size, made from recycled cotton, it’s reasonably priced, and will last from birth onwards.

Karen from Baby Blossom:

Keep it simple. A easy system is the Weehuggers where you can change the inserts at change time and not the whole nappy. You do not need to buy a nappy for every change. Have 4-6 covers and lots of inserts.

Liz from Hatchlings Cloth Nappies:

There are a couple of options for budget-friendly stash, terry flats and pilchers are very budget friendly but for me I would use prefolds/tri-folds and covers that way you can still achieve the trim fit and cute look of some of the more expensive options without the price tag. Also make sure you do your math when weighing up the options, some of  the all-in-two options work out significantly less expensive than all-in-ones or pockets as you don’t need any where near as many covers.

Kendall from Australian Baby Supplies:

I would start with prefolds as these can be used as boosters later on and buy one sized fits most nappies for when the baby is bigger. I recommend either Booroi or Ish Fly prefolds.  A cheaper one size nappy that I have found to be excellent with my son is the Organic Bugalugs Smooth Nappies. They fit from approximately 4kgs and are a pocket nappy which makes it easier to add extra boosters for overnight or if your child is a heavier wetter.

Melanie & Diana of Bodeo:

A dozen Mandy Mac MacBoos and a dozen Pikapu AIOs, and 7 Pikapu covers are a good combination to start off with. Having a mixture of bamboo & polyester nappies will ensure that you have super absorbent and quick drying nappies. A OSFM nappy is a great option for not having to buy a new set of nappies each time your baby goes up a size. If you add 6 prefolds to the mix, you’ve added 6 nappies to your stash, and also have the option of stuffing the pockets with a folded up prefold to increase absorbency – great for night time.

Misty from FluffyBuns:

All cloth nappies are budget friendly when compared to disposables. To keep your costs down even further, go for nappies that have removable inserts, this way you can have three or four inserts per nappy shell, the shells dry in a matter of hours and you can just use a new insert. Plus you don’t need to wash the shell everytime, only if it gets wet or soiled.

Jane from Little Bear Bums:

It depends on which type you end up using – for  a pocket nappy I love Issy Bears because they are One Size Fits Most and made with quality materials so they’ll last for the time you need them and beyond (therefore you won’t be replacing them so they’ll be cost effective)! If you prefer a sized nappy I love Itti Bitti D’lish – fantastic quality and a choice between Snap Ins and All in ones.

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Our Comment Question is about Cheap Cloth Nappies:

Tell us how you saved money and built a budget friendly stash…

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February 21, 2011

No More Blowouts for Your Baby Budget!

Do disposable nappies cause a ‘blow-out’ of your weekly baby budget?

Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Disposable nappies are bought, used ONCE, then thrown in the bin. Then the next one is bought, used once, tossed in the bin, then the next… Each week the costs mount up, and then each new baby, the costs double, and with inflation, more than double. Modern nappies are bought ONCE, then used over and over again. They are tossed in the washing machine, which does all the cleaning for you! With each new baby, you can re-use many of your washable nappies, and get to buy new pretty things for expanding your stash too, as some ‘upgrading’ may be necessary (or wished for), depending on how many you have active in your day to day nappy stash. For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about blow-outs: Nappy blow-outs and budget blow-outs.

Let’s see what they have to say: Why do modern cloth nappies mean no more budget blow-outs?

Mel of Little Para Pants:

I’ve heard the figure of $1000 per year for disposable nappies.  I know I don’t have that kind of money to just throw in a landfill.  If you can afford $25-30 every fortnight of your first pregnancy, you can have a really good stash by the time your baby’s born, and those nappies should last through two or more children.  That’s roughly $600 for around 20 nappies – even more if you buy a pack of flat terries one fortnight.  So $1000 a year for an average of 3 years, for an average of 2 kids, is $6000.  That’s ten times what you could spend on cloth nappies for both kids, and they might even last long enough for a third!

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Budget wise – you don’t have to keep buying nappies especially if you go for one size.

Eva of Oz Baby Trends:

2c to 8c per nappy change as opposed to 33c to 68c …. I’d say it’s pretty obvious! The figures speak for themselves.<

Annette of Iish Fly:

Well if you can contain yourself, Modern Cloth Nappies can save lots of $$.  I spent a total of around $300 on Ella for materials to make her MCN’s.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Because you can always buy them when they are on special. (Bulk Packs at Issy Bear Nappies)

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

I hate wasting money and I don’t like buying things that I just throw away. Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

No more blow-outs in budgets – I love that about cloth nappies! Not only do I not have to cringe at the thousands of dollars it might cost for disposables, but you can sell your used Modern Cloth Nappies and even get something back!

I hate wasting money and I don’t like buying things that I just throw away. Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

I know how much I have spent on nappies and don’t have to worry about finding $30 in the tough times when the nappy box is running low, I always have them on hand.
Kelleigh from Miracle Baby:
As for budget blowouts, it does cost a bit to buy the nappies to begin with, but imagine how much you would spend buying all of your disposable nappies up front. A lot more! A little spent at the start means fantastic savings in the long run. Plus, immediate relief on the grocery bill!
Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:
Cloth nappies are cost effective. Even considering the cost of water and energy (washing and drying), it still ends up cheaper in the long run.
Sasha of Green Kids:
I really loved the fact that I didn’t have to add expensive nappies to my trolley every week! I used to smile as I walked past the nappy section each week, knowing that I had an extra $30 or $40 to spend on other more fun things!
– Your Nappy Doulas –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.

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3 Recommended Resources about Modern Nappies here at My Green Nappy:
  1. Modern Cloth Mini Trends
  2. My Nappy Style Windows
  3. The 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative

A comment question to You about Nappy Blow-Outs… Tell us about an awkward nappy blow-out experience you have had with your baby…

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February 18, 2011

Special Offer: Mandy Mac All-In-One (aka the MacTropic) $25 + $2 postage!

Two days to go til – pre-orders close on the brand spanking new Mandy Mac All-In-One – aka the MacTropic.

The shipment has arrived in the country, we are just waiting for it to clear customs!!! It’s better than Christmas here at Mandy Mac.

Don’t forget we have the special pre-order price of only $25 on the MacTropic and only $2 postage.

Visit Mandy Mac…

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November 14, 2010

What was your first cloth nappy and what did you like about it?

Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #4

The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to play. You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

What was your first cloth nappy and what did you like about it?

I’m pleased to have contributions from a number of your Green Promise Nappy Sponsors included in this article. I’d like to thank them for their time and for sharing their experience to help you make the most of your green nappies! We have Louise from Nip Naps, Katerina from Twinkle Lily, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba, Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Amy and Nat from Little Diamond Bums and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

Let’s see what your nappy doula’s did when getting started with cloth nappies:

Louise from Nip Naps:

Mother-ease one size with air flow cover – it just fit so beautifully compared to the terry squares and made him look sooooo cute! It’s still my favourite nappy!

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

My first cloth nappy was a BabyBeehinds, reliable, affordable and a well known brand.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

A terry flat (we are talking 17 years ago here when the dinosaurs walked the earth.) It was cheap, and good for the environment even though bulky at first on bub.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

My first cloth nappy were muslin and terry flats.

I liked terry flats for their absorbancy and quick dryness, these were sufficient for the newborn stage.

I liked muslin flats for their softness on newborn skin.

Yoland from Bumbino:

I was a new mum when I was in my twenties and again recently in my forties. When my first two children were little, disposable nappies were not widely used. Cloth nappies were the norm and there was not much choice at all in cloth nappies. My first cloth nappies were the simple towelling squares, fastened with pins. A pair of “fluffies” or sometimes plastic pants were worn over the top. What did I like about them? Ummm…nothing is coming to mind!

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

The first MCN I ever bought was a BumGenius version 3, I loved that it was adjustable so I wouldn’t have to keep bying bigger sizes, that it was waterproof so no need for covers, and that it was nice and slim fitting while still being very absorbent.

Amy and Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

Amy: My first cloth nappy was a pocket nappy and I liked it because it was one size, easy for hubby to use and a very cute print.

Nat: My first nappy was a small prefold with a cover. I love the prefold because it dried so quickly but when I discovered all the other types of nappies such as prints and oSFM my addition took hold!!

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

My first nappy was the prefold and cover type – I just could not believe that you no longer had to use huge sheet nappies, pins and plastic pants! What an eye-opener. Of course by then I was hooked to MCN’s and wanted to try the all-in-ones, one-size and pockets. Although the others I tried were good, I still kept on coming back to my prefold and cover nappies, I love the fact they are cotton, simple to use, the most cost effective and of course the most effective for us! Plus they are backed by a unique 2-child guarante whereby they are replaced if they fail… well you can’t ask for more than that!

The question for you is easy: What cloth nappy did you start with?

– Your Nappy Doulas –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.

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July 12, 2010

How Do I Find Cheaper Modern Cloth Nappies on a Single Income Budget? 3 Strategies + ONE!

How do I find modern cloth nappies on a single income budget?

– You need to find cheaper cloth nappies in Australia or New Zealand without losing out on quality?

You certainly can get designer nappies on one income. Many young families spend at least some months on one income, so you can bet others have scratched their heads over finding the best deals to get great nappies without paying full retail prices. You need to know a few tricks to find great bargains and be in the loop for passing super specials to make the most of a limited income. This brief article will let you discover 3 tips used by mums on a single income to save even more money by using cloth nappies – and they will also help you find cheaper, high quality and even brand new modern cloth nappies.

3 Strategies for cutting your costs with modern cloth nappies: (+1)

1. Pre-loved Nappies are always on special

Babies grow out of nappies – often long before they are worn to such an extent that they can be composted (as many cloth nappies CAN be composted at the end of their useful lives and will bio degrade in about 6 months). There is a big trade in pre-loved cloth nappies – mums enjoy swapping, selling, trading as ways to start in cloth, try out new brands, see if a style suits their needs and just enjoy their cloth nappy addiction. Visit My Nappy Style Window for Secondhand Nappies to explore some retailers offering secondhand nappies.

2. Clearance Sales and Seconds Bargains

Clearance sales happen all the time on the sites of modern cloth nappy retailers – they are receivign new stock, and need to make room in their spare room or warehouse; they have only a few left in a style they are discontinuing – all sorts of reasons. Keep an eye out for fabulous bargains by visiting the sites on My Nappy Style Window for Clearances! Nappy Sales… Even the professionals make mistakes – and these ‘seconds’ mean you can benefit with a new nappy for less – often any technical glitches are just cosmetic and make no difference to the function of the nappy. Visit My Nappy Style Window for ‘Seconds’ Nappies…

3. Seek Specials for Newsletter subscribers!

Join newsletters of modern cloth nappy retailers for discount codes – some offer a perpetual discount for members, emailing you a special code to enter on checkout. Others have monthly specials, specials for celebrations, events and even on a whim to clear out stock! Visit your favourite retailers or retailers stocking your favourite brands and join their announcement list, newsletter list or mums club (as they are often called slightly different things). All will (should!) have an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email so you can opt in or out of the lists as you need to – sometimes it is nice to scale back on emails until your bank balance perks up again, or you have a new bundle on the way to buy for. Following their blogs is another way you can be privvy to a special offer, an exclusive clearance, a timely auction or a regular nappy giveaway.

– and the Plus 1?

green-promise-nappies-logoWin in the many Modern Cloth Nappy Giveaways!

Here at My Green Nappy there are two ongoing giveaways – the Green Nappy Kit and the 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative. As a member you are entitled to enter into any of these random draws simply by completing the entry requirements.

Join Facebook Fan pages and Twitter Lists to get the ‘heads up’ on modern cloth nappy giveaways – sites will run giveaways when they reach certain numbers of fans, to celebrate the birth of a child, in observation of a celebration – you have to ne in it to win it in these cases -a s they may be for fans only – and fans that are paying attention to the status updates! Twitter lists may have special limited time offers just for followers paying attention, I have even seen some retailers offer a discount code to their twitter followers. Cloth Nappy Enthusiast Blogs are a sure source of chances to win a nappy in a giveaway – and these are often new releases or there are other exclusive aspects to these draws.

The good news is that by discovering a few tricks you can actually help the modern cloth nappy retailers move excess stock as you save money! They get to stock their next edition, range or product line and you grab a brand new nappy at a lower cost = everyone wins!

Finding cloth nappies on a single income budget will be easier with these 3 tips. As a single income family, I am always on the lookout for these creative ways to get excellent quality at reasonable prices! What if you made it a goal to buy your next cloth nappy for less? What if you decide that the next nappy in your stash will be one that you WIN?

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June 6, 2010

MandyMac Sale on Natural Nappies for Winter!

Happy End of Financial Year Sale at MandyMac!!!!

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Mandy Mac is having a massive stocktake sale all through June

What a perfect time to stock up on extra nappies for Winter when (eco-friendly) drying takes so much longer.

 

 

  • Bamboo Onesize nappies have been reduced to $15
  • Purple Nights are down to $25.

Get yourself a bargain and tell your friends…

Sale prices only while stock lasts. No rainchecks!

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