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#1 RellBell

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:53 AM

I'm in my second trimester, and just like my pregnancy book says - everyone will start having an opinion on my parenting - already. I get judged for having the odd coffee once a week (which I wouldn't if it wasn't safe), I get asked about breastfeeding, and now nappies "will you use cloth or disposable?"

I honestly didn't think this was an issue, I thought it was personal preference. But when I instantly reacted with "disposable, I don't need all that extra washing" - I got "I did it with twins...", and "disposable nappies are just money in the bin". Oh dear, so now i'm lazy and I waste money.

But seeing as I know nothing about nappies - I looked into it. Modern cloth look nice, but are SO expensive for the outlay (I know its cheaper in the long run and even more so if you have more children - but we only intend on having one, so I can't factor that in to the price".

Then there's the old school terry squares (the ones I wore as a kid), and now you can get flushable liners, just peel out the liner and flush it down the toilet. But you need to change these more often to prevent happy rash.

I'm actually leaning towards using the terry cloths in the day time when baby is at home and maybe disposables when we go out (to make things easier)... Maybe even investing in a few modern cloths to see what they are like? And switching to modern cloth and disposables when I go back to work to make everything easier.

Has anyone actually gone the terry square route by choice? Or even modern cloth? Was it a lot of extra work for you? Did you find it was effective?

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#2 spottydog

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:24 AM

You can ge MCNs second hand, in great condition cheap, you can get china cheapies, which are around $40 for 10 nappies, in the long run you will save a heap. If you wash them according to instructions you can keep them looking good and even resell them when you are finished.

You can get sized ones, or OSFM, which would work out cheaper too.

Good luck.


#3 salti

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:31 AM

I'd suggest waiting until you have had bub and settled in. You can use Terry squares if you want to use cloth from the get go or just use disposables until you are ready.  There are many nappy librarys these days so you can trial nappies before buying.
Heres one:
Or buy a couple of trial packs from a couple of suppliers and go from there.
Don't overthink it cos it is a maze of choices! Good luck

#4 TotesFeral

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:34 AM

You don't need to buy the most expensive MCNs.
I have a few expensive ones but majority of my stash is made up of cheaper brands. I originally bought 24 of the cheap brand and it cost me $240. They are still going strong on our second child but are starting to look like they will need new inserts but they are not very expensive.

I've also got a heap of terry towelling nappies but I can never get the fold right  laughing2.gif

So we use MCNs during the day but disposable overnight. Also tend to use disposable if I'm going to be out the majority of the day as MCNs take up a bit of space in the nappy bag. I've done holidays with MCNs though.
They are not an extra lot of work like some will make you believe. I wash them every second/third day depending on how full the nappy bin is. Hang them out and bring them back in just like I do with our other washing.

#5 I'mBeachedAs

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:35 AM

I use terry squares for my 6 week old son. I don't find them hard to use or wash. Cheap as chips to buy, quick to dry. Perfect for us!

#6 babycat

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:36 AM

I used disposables with my first two, but am going to cloth nappy my twins.  I've got flat terry squares with covers and a friend is giving me some fitted nappies to try.  I've also bought some MCN's to try and will decide what works once they arrive.  It may be more work washing etc, but I can't justify or afford the cost of disposables for twins (plus a 2 year old).

#7 Lorem ipsum

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:45 AM

It is great that you're thinking about using cloth, but really I think it is one of those things you have to want to do. If you are going to be doing it for others then you may find it difficult  to stick with it.

Having said that I have been using cloth full time from birth (DS almost 4 months) and I really haven't found it that much work. An extra load of washing every 2 days and a bit of time to peg them out and fold them.

Personally I do it for environmental reasons. But I am the only person I know irl that is using them. So don't worry about being judged for using disposables.

PP suggestion of osfm is good if you do decide on using mcns

#8 purple_daisy

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:45 AM

I bought 4 new MCNs from ebay sellers before DD was born but as the newborn weeks were very overwhelming I used disposables for the first 8 weeks to give myself some breathing space.

I then tried the MCNs and also terry squares. I found the terry squares were terrible for DD as she was a very heavy wetter. By comparison, the MCNs (I used itti bitti tuttos - the one size that goes from birth up to toilet training) worked like a dream. So I was glad I hadn't gone overboard buying terry squares/covers/liners/pins etc.

It will of course depend on your child and whether you are happy handling the terry squares - personally, I found them a bit yucky whereas the MCNs had a dry cover to hold onto, but that might just have been because of DD's heavy wetting.

I would recommend buying a couple of MCNs (maybe 3 or 4) off ebay so it is cheaper from different brands. Then wait and see what you like, but don't worry if you need to have a couple of months using disposables till you feel ready to cope with the washing etc.

Good luck, and maybe next time someone is being critical of your nappy choice you could just say that you don't believe in nappies and will let your child run free Tounge1.gif that should keep them guessing!!

#9 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:46 AM

I have some BumGenius all-in-ones (wash them in machine,  hang them out to dry and that's it) that I have for sale.
PM me if you are interested, ill send some photos. happy.gif

#10 Furfeathersfleece

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:51 AM

I used terry squares for the first 7 months (we've been temporarily living at my parents house while ours is being sold so have switched to disposable temporarily for convenience).

I used terrys with a disposable liner from big w and baby beehinds cover and snappis. Worked a treat! Never had nappy rash but they do get wet a bit quicker than disposables so need more frequent changing. Not hard to put on, means an extra load of washing every couple days but otherwise I think they're a great way of doing nappies.

#11 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:03 AM

And they don't work out cheaper when you get addicted to buying them and end up with 50+ of them  ph34r.gif

There are cheap ways to try though and you might surprise yourself at how easy they are.

And they're pretty cute too  wink.gif

#12 Le-a

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:19 AM

I have never payed full-price for any of my stash! most of the big name brands have great sales regularly, sock slowly built up my nappy drawer over time. Most were around 50% off...

I have all OSFM nappies, from about four different companies. They all use different systems, so I've found certain nappies more useful for certain situations. If DS is due for a poo I'll put him in a cushie tushie, if he's just had a big drink, I'll put him in an Itti bitti, for example. I've found this mix of nappies quite beneficial.

#13 Akeyo

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:34 AM

As not all MCNs suit all babies, I would wait till after your baby comes before building up a stash if you decide to go down the cloth route. I used terry squares initially with DS1 with a flushable liner and a PUL cover and that was fine. It's standard issue in the hospital so I had had a bit of practice before I came home. Then as PP have suggested, I got a couple of trial packs - one from Baby Beehinds and another from Mandy Mac - and worked out what fit best and went from there.

The bonus of terry squares is the quick drying time but they are nowhere near as absorbent as MCNs so there is a higher turnover.

Personally I've actually found Mandy Mac nappies the best for us - they are made of bamboo so super absorbent and you can get as snug a fit as you need for a tiny little newborn to a strapping toddler. And of course, the one size fits all is very economical.

As PP have said, you don't need to spend a fortune (but it is possible because it can be addictive!)

Good luck with whatever path you choose. Remember, whatever works!

#14 raone

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:42 AM

I would buy newborn at lest for the hospital. (My hospital you had to as they didn't provide them or have cleaning facilities.) I also bought terry flats and about 8 covers. First of all don't trust the sizing as even at the right weight DS was too small. Also DS would flood them each time he peed. I would end up changing the bed everytime. I could probably do it now as he doesn't always do one big pee at once (he is 5 months) and I would love to it's just getting the motivation to try again. wink.gif

#15 RellBell

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

I want to do it to save money, but the environment would be an added bonus!

I'm thinking I might do as PP said and keep the first few weeks in disposables - not to overwhelm myself and DP. We'll be pretty buggered. In the lead up to baby I will buy a couple of terry toweling squares and a few different cloth nappies (in a small size) so I can try these with bub. From my research i'm liking the look of GroVia, Hippybottomus, and there's also a place on gumtree called Ozzybots (GroVia has really good reviews, and the other two are home made and very reasonably priced). Then there's others like Peapods, Itti bitti, Baby Beehinds, Cushie tushies. From all the reviews i've read, there's no "perfect" nappy - it must just depend on the baby. Really hoping one of the $10 - $15 nappies works better on mine than the $30 ones!!

I personally don't know a single person who uses modern cloth nappies (I know one lady who uses terry squares), so i'm taking a stab in the dark here!

#16 Le-a

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:56 AM

Sounds like a great plan, OP. you won't know until you've given it a go!

I had plenty of people poo-poo the idea when I asked about it when I was pregnant. Most of them hadn't even tried MCNs! How would they know?

I know plenty of people who use MCNs now, but I do live in a pretty alternative community. It's actually a great conversation starter, I've found. "hey, that's a cool nappy, what is it? Do you rate them?". Lol, nappy gags.

All the best!

#17 RellBell

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

It's such a pity that I can't just buy them now - I wanted to get all my baby costs out of the way, but I guess if I just put money aside it should be fine original.gif

#18 Le-a

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:09 AM

Seriously, I would keep an eye on the websites for sales. NEVER pay full price! Some even 'run out' nappies made from a certain colour/pattern cloth- just because it's being replaced/old stock.

#19 RellBell

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:16 AM

Thanks, i'll keep an eye out original.gif

I can't believe how much some of those cloth nappies cost though. At that sky high price, I wonder how much money they can actually save you on one child.

#20 Koobie83

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:35 AM

Disposables for me....
I thought about the cloth ones but knowing me, my DH and our lifestyle I don't think it would suit. I know it's probably not good for the environment but I don't want to muck around all day with nappy buckets and putting loads and loads in the washing machine.

#21 ras500

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

There are also quite a few MCN buy swap and sell facebook groups where you can get real bargains

#22 monkeys mum

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:23 AM

If you are doing it for the money saving aspect then go fitted OSFM- one size fits most. Some that I have used and found good were Baby Beehinds, Mandy Macs, MM have one of the best fits imo as it does up with a snappi instead of snaps or velcro. MM's dry quickly too and by buying them in bulk you save more money. BB's can be bought in bulk too and the hemp dries quickly but the bamboo ones are much more absorbent so great for night time use.

I have used terry squares and loved the bat fold for my boy and used it quite a bit before he was walking as they are quite bulky. I also used a snappi as i found they did up more securely and my older brother accidently got pierced by a neighbour when he was a baby.

Another thing you can do to make the terry squares more absorbant is to use a 'booster' in it. I did this by making my own, i bought a meter or two of bamboo fleece and sewed two layers together in a rectangle, and if you want it that bit more absorbant put a layer or microfibre between the two layers of bamboo.

Other then sales the Baby expo often has good nappy retailers who also give a show special price.

Covers, i found baby beehind covers were best for both fitted nappies and terry squares.

I also agree that using sposies in the first few weeks or till bub out grows newborn is a great idea. Get used to becoming a Mum and bubs settled into a better routine before adding more to your day. Saying that though mcns really dont add much more.

I haven't used cloth in quite a few years so am just going to go with the nappy makers that i used back then, and not get into the wahm makers who make the gorgeous nappies as then i'll not only spend too much but also might get too many that don't work well for my baby.

#23 NicolinaO

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

I bought a whole stash on ebay dirt cheap. best buy I ever made. the stash included a few mcn's which the hubby uses. I use the oldfasioned rectangular ones (can't remember what they are called again). I use them + fleece liner + snappy + pul-cover. works a treat.

I did however use disposables right from the start to make it easier on myself, and as I had to bring disposables to the hospital and also as I was given a few packets.

I find cloth not all that much work and I think DS seems to get a little irritated in disposables.

#24 PurpleNess

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:51 PM

I use both. I found MCN's weren't right for my newbie so I used disposables in the early days.

Then I bought some second hand Peapods & now use those when we are at home but still use disposables if going out for longer than an hour & overnight.

I tried MCN's overnight & DS just got really bad nappy rash so back to sposies we went.

It is saving us money & I only spent $100 on 15 second hand nappies and do a wash every second day on a short hot wash.

Try a few, ask around ( its SO confusing with all the lingo!), get some second hand, plenty of FB pages selling MCN's and see how they go with you & your bub...

#25 PatG

Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:10 PM

Don't forget prefolds as an alternative to terry squares....

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