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Does anyone else use them full time?


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#1 I'mBeachedAs

Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:27 PM

When looking at this forum it seems as though people are either using MCNs or disposable nappies but I see very few people who mention using the old fashioned cloth nappies. I've been home from hospital with my son for a week and a half and we've used terry flats full time. I'm not finding them too hard or time consuming to deal with and they're super cheap to buy ($20 for a dozen). Pilchers have been a bit tricky to find at times but I've got enough to get by. Tell me I'm not the only one who has chosen to go this way because I'm starting to feel that way!

#2 CupcakeMumma

Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:41 PM

We used terry flats exclusively for us first two.  And in conjunction with mcns for our last two, thou we primarily use them for our newborns exclusively.  They are awesome for trips away, as they dry so fast.  Pilchers are hard to find, but there are much better options for waterproof covers now, that last longer and are just better.

#3 Domestic Goddess

Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:51 PM

I used terry flats for the first 2 months before switching to MCN's. Simply because being single, the MCN's were a lot less time consuming with the folding and also much quicker to put on an incredibly wiggly little boy who HATED nappy changes and at 3yo, still does. Yet he refuses to get toilet trained. Doh!

#4 DreamFeralisations

Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

I used terry flats for both of my girls - love them, and still have a drawer full as they are the most versatile of rags!!!

Edited to add - I used velcro pilchers - they used to have them (first child around) at all the chain stores but only found them in op shops with the second one - probably because of the rise of MCNs - they were excellent.

Edited by suziej, 29 December 2012 - 02:02 PM.


#5 amabanana

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:03 PM

I used them with DD1 but by DD2 had fallen in love with cute MCN bums!  We still use them as rags - they are awesome!

#6 librablonde

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:11 PM

I loved terry flats and used them fulltime when DS was a baby. He looked so cute in them and I rarely had issues with nappy rash or leakage. I bought the flats, snappi's and pilchers from K-Mart. DS wore them until he was daytime TT'ed.  We still use them now as rags and they still are in great condition.

#7 Soontobegran

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:17 PM

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Back in my day terry and flannelette flats were all that was available other than for some crummy dri-tots disposables.
All 5 of ours used them from Day 1 until they were TT. I always bought a new lot for each baby but they lasted so well that I still have some of them for grandbaby burpies and dusters.

I used the flannel pilchers, these days I would probably go for a PUL cover which you can easily buy or make.

#8 brown-eyed girl

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:18 PM

I used bamboo prefolds with my first bub til he was about 18m... They're still "MCN" but a bit closer to terry flats in that you pin them on (snappi), then add a cover. I have since used a few different styles.

If I was tight for money and needed to start from scratch I would use terry flats happily. BUT I would use them with snappis - plastic clips - instead of pins, and I would invest in some MCN covers (e.g. baby beehinds). Simply to make it easier/more comfortable.

If bub was inclined to rashes at all, I'd consider buying a piece of microfleece and cutting it up to make stay-dry liners to lay inside the nappy (did this with my first), or do lots of nappy free time (did this with my second).

#9 back*again

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:30 PM

I used terry flats for my first 5 children.  I didn't find it too much work for the first few, but didn't know about mcn's until I had baby 4....by then I was used to folding flats....and the mcn's I had seen were very expensive.  For baby 5 I had a few mcns but not many.  For baby 6 I have a full stash of mcns original.gif

#10 cira

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:34 PM

WE use prefolds, snappis and velcro covers.

#11 I'mBeachedAs

Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:47 AM

Cool! So it's not just me then haha

#12 *musical*

Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

Our long awaited ub is due in may and we have got flat terry towel nappies and I just ordered some nice covers online. Can't wait.  We ordered two from BBH to look at, but they seem very over priced for what they are. The folding is easy.

#13 happy jelly bean

Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:48 AM

i would love to use terry flats for my 5 month old ds but have no idea how to fold them for his chunky bum wink.gif as the fold we used when he was a new born wouldn't work now , any tips out there plzzzzz?

#14 DDU

Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:28 AM

QUOTE (happy jelly bean @ 01/01/2013, 08:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i would love to use terry flats for my 5 month old ds but have no idea how to fold them for his chunky bum wink.gif as the fold we used when he was a new born wouldn't work now , any tips out there plzzzzz?


The best list (including video instructions!) of ways to fold a flat nappy can be found  here. You're sure to find something that works. Good luck!

#15 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:49 AM

They are so underrated and I have no idea why.
They are the easiest to wash (they don't require such intensive long washing since there are no elastic, no bulky bits etc) so you can use a shorter wash thereby saving electricity and water).
they are the quickest to dry, even in winter they are dry in 1/2 a day.
Cheapest to buy and longest lasting - no elastic to wear out, no snaps to break or velcro to wear out.
They fit from birth to toilet training so need to updrage sizes.
Stains come out easily as they get full sun and can be soaked if they get a bit yucky.
People complain about folding and pinning/snappying but I don't really find it any more work than snapping back together a load of boosters and outers or stuffing pockets.
They do need a booster as the baby ages but so do a lot of aio's.

#16 librablonde

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:06 AM

QUOTE (DDU @ 01/01/2013, 11:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The best list (including video instructions!) of ways to fold a flat nappy can be found  here. You're sure to find something that works. Good luck!

What a fantastic website, I wish I'd seen that years ago. I used to just fold my terry flats while watching TV each night and have a huge tower of them ready for the next day. And they were so easy to dry in our cold Tasmania winters. I totally agree with lifehackers post, too.

I never had one of those toilet hose thingys to hose the poo off and I didn't use boosters either. I used a nappy liner briefly but it gave DS nappy rash so stopped using them and it was fine just using the nappy as is. I either tipped the solid poo's off into the toilet or if he had a very runny poo I'd just briefly run them under the laundry trough tap and then pail the nappy. Easy peasy.  I do think my DD and DS TT'ed pretty quickly b/c they were in cloth nappies, too (well, that's my subjective opinion).


#17 FiveAus

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:20 AM

Terry flats (they used to be just called "nappies") were all that was around when my kids were babies, disposables became more common by baby number 3, and by baby number 4 I switched to them for daytime use.
But the terry towelling nappies were the most versatile of all. Different folds fitted different sized bums, cute pilchers kept their clothes and bedding dry and stopped them slipping down, and they also made excellent wipers for dirty faces and hands, then they spent retirement as dusters and general purpose household cloths.

I had to Google MCN's, I've never heard of them before. I found pictures and I can't for the life of me imagine how much work it is to get them clean and dry. Do they fade with use? At least our nappies started out white so they couldn't fade. And they were easy to sanitise.....rinse them and pop them in a bucket of water with nappy sanitiser, then machine wash after a bit of a soak. I can't imagine you could use that for MCN's, it would remove most of the colour. They are cute though.


#18 FiveAus

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

I never used a "booster" with flat nappies, I just changed the way I folded them. I used to have a method that gave me a thick padded piece between their legs and just a single layer pinned either side.

#19 happy jelly bean

Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:16 AM

thankyou for the link - wonderful ddance.gif

#20 somila

Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

I loved my terry flats.  I only discovered MCNs with DS#2, so DS#1 wore a lot of traditional nappies.  Had fun experimenting with TotsBots and Motherease for DS#2, but if I had 3rd baby I would have gone with mostly terry flats and Motherease covers.

Folding is fun!

#21 spottyladybug

Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:42 AM

We are planning on using terry flats for this baby - and I am wondering where people purchased them aside from BigW/Target? DH and I have been searching online hoping to find some other brands/stockists than the above but have had no luck sad.gif
It is lovely to see we won't be alone in using terry flats original.gif

#22 librablonde

Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:48 AM

QUOTE (spottyladybug @ 02/01/2013, 08:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We are planning on using terry flats for this baby - and I am wondering where people purchased them aside from BigW/Target?

K-Mart has a good range of terry flats in either plain white or coloured ones. I used both and  they were all great.


#23 Phascogale

Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:59 AM

Another one who loved them.  Unfortunately I only used them with my third child (just think of the money I would've saved).  I found them really easy.  They weren't hard work at all and certainly nothing like the horror stories I had been told.  They dried really quickly too.

Originally I used them because we were flat broke and not using disposables was one of the ways I could save money (especially as my initial cost was roughly the price of a box of nappies anyway).

I did make my own MCN's out of flannel that I used until DD3 grew out of them.  But I find the cost of new MCN's prohibitive.  One or two at a time as you build up a supply is doable but to buy it all at the beginning is rather expensive.

#24 Darth Vadaretter

Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:00 AM

We do!

We use terry cloth and chux wipes that I buy on a large roll from the cheap shop. I have to use bambino mio covers though as we're in a small town and can't find cheaper alternatives.

When we make a trip to spotlight i'm going to buy some microfleece and just line the covers with that.

Fuming about bambino covers though, they cost us 20 dollars each here!!!

#25 Soontobegran

Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:10 AM

QUOTE (ThreeLittleLambs @ 02/01/2013, 09:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Fuming about bambino covers though, they cost us 20 dollars each here!!!


That is expensive ohmy.gif

If you need more covers order them on line. There are heaps of them available for under $10.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Sage-Green-PUL-...=item1c2c8cf045







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