First of all, I feel like I need to say we don’t exclusively cloth nappy. I tried, the bulk of a night nappy disturbed Lumi’s precious sleep and we are yet to try again. You don’t have to be one or the other, we use predominantly cloth, but you may want to use mainly disposables. That’s okay with me.
Not everyone needs this many, and I dont think there is a magic number for how many you should have. Start with a few and add on as you go. You’ll know when you have enough, unless you end up hooked on beautiful colours and prints like me!
When it comes to styles, one size fits all is not always accurate. Not all nappies will fit your babe perfectly, some will fit better than others and it is a bit of a trial and error process. Luckily cloth nappies have great resale value. There is a page on Facebook for buying and selling second hand in NZ. Some websites like Nappy Heaven offer trial packs of styles and I think that is a great place to start. I use a little bit of everything. Pocket nappies, all in one, all in two and fitteds with covers. Different nappies cater to different needs.
When Lumi is ready for a change, we pop off the used nappy, shake any solids down the loo, and leave it in a flexi tub in the laundry. There is no need to add any water to the tub. At the end of the day, or once I have enough, (we use 3-4 nappies a day so usually every two days.) I put the nappies through a rinse cycle in the machine and then wash with a gentle powder (I use EcoFreaks powder) and line dry. A bit of sunlight gets the majority of staining out, and continued use will get out the rest.
It isn’t scary, you don’t need to scrub poo, let your machine do the hard bits! My favourite part of cloth nappies, is how adorable they are in comparison to disposables. But I will let you be the judge on that!
Any questions, just let me know. I’ll do my best to answer them. I have been cloth nappying for eight years now and have had many trials and errors over the times.
Ps, my favourite retailer, Amelia from Nappy Heaven has given me some goodies to give away over on my Instagram @katiefromings !!