My Green Nappy Discovering Modern Cloth Nappies and Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappies

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.

Discover More from Your Nappy Doulas…

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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January 10, 2011

Environmentally Friendly Living With a Baby in Nappies? Here Are 3 Tips to Save Money and Our Earth

Environmentally Friendly Living With a Baby in Nappies? Here Are 3 Tips to Save Money and Our Earth

Yes, you can make a difference with your baby when it comes to green living.

With one “green” nappy at a time, you are saving on the use of one disposable, and even more importantly, you are encouraging your neighbours to follow your leading example.

In a moment I will show you 3 ways of finding modern cloth nappies that will save you money, in case you are concerned about the initial outlay. (+1 bonus idea…) In fact, I can reassure you right now that there is no need to buy a full time stash until you have decided on the cloth nappy styles and brands that best suit your baby, lifestyle and budget.

What if you have 3 children? That is conservatively 18 thousand disposable nappies. You can reduce that number by using some environmentally disposable nappies that you can compost, worm farm or flush. You can use biodegradable nappy liners and nappy bags.

Let us consider 3 ways to find cheap modern cloth nappies in a nice, budget friendly way:

1. Use social networking sites to find great specials on your favourite reusable modern nappy brands.

Yes, many Australian and New Zealand nappy shops have ‘fan’ pages. So, show your support for any of the over 300 small Aussie or kiwi cloth nappy businesses and keep your eye out for giveaways, super specials, be privy to exclusive offers and learn about fun contests.

2. Check out the flourishing market in pre-loved washable nappies.

Buying secondhand cloth nappies is an excellent way to test drive new brands for less. When buying online, check the sites guidelines for safe purchasing. It is pretty easy though. Some are auctions, others are shopping cart based like any regular online shop. They are used nappies, so first be aware of what the nappy costs new. Best of all, that nappy can be sold again. A reusable nappy is a nappy which circulates, of course! Where to buy secondhand cloth nappies

3. Join announcement, mailing or newsletter lists for members-only specials.

Simply, most sites have a list of their customers and interested visitors who they contact periodically (usually monthly) with tips, specials, contests and news about their product range. They may be a ‘club’ with member only perks. Join the list of those shops offering your favourite nappy brands. Some offer repeat purchase discounts too, or a permanent discount for members. You can save a lot with this tip.

What is the +1? WIN a modern cloth nappy for your baby!

Perhaps the best type of cloth nappy is the one you WIN in a contest, simply by participating and having some fun! With one washable nappy in your baby’s wardrobe, you will know you are always doing your bit for our planet, as each time your baby sports even one cloth nappy on their bottom, you are saving the cost of that single use disposable nappy, deferring that cost for another time.

Here is your budget and eco challenge:

What if you acted on one of these 4 ideas, and bought your first or next modern cloth nappy only for less than the usual full price? You will benefit from these simple strategies for finding modern cloth nappies on a budget, reducing your expenses as well as the environmental footprint of your family.

You are doing your part!

Sharing information about what you can do to help with pollution control and be working together with your baby, your family and others with small children is a wonderfully responsible way to be doing your part in protecting the environment for future generations as well as saving you money.

Having a hybrid stash of a range of nappy types is a very responsible action you can take to reduce pollution and encourage other families to do their part as well in protecting our planet.

Charndra invites you to win a modern cloth nappy on her site, My Green 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.

By Charndra Josling

This article also appears on EzineArticles: Environmentally Friendly Living With a Baby in Nappies? Here Are 3 Tips to Save Money and Our Earth

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