Did you know that this week is Real Nappy Week? A whole week dedicated to bringing real nappies to the attention of parents across the UK. Quite a few of the websites that I have seen are doing various deals on nappies and accessories. There is even a website dedicated to Real Nappy Week 2012, with loads of information and competitions and discounts.
I have written before about our cloth nappy choices. Our decision to use reusable nappies was based both on our wish to reduce our environmental impact and also to reduce our costs. We were lucky in that friends have offered us nappies that they have finished with, as well as some timely freecycling, so that we have ended up with a good selection of different brands and sizes.
Yesterday I wrote that we have ordered reusable wipes. At Cate Subrosa’s suggestion we ordered Cheeky Wipes, although I ordered them as part of a wider, larger order from The Nappy Lady whom I had been recommended by another friend as a good source of unbiased real nappy information. Both The Nappy Lady and Cheeky Wipes have great discounts on their sites this week as part of Real Nappy Week, so if you are even considering cloth nappies or wipes, now is the time to have a look and use the discounts.
My wipes haven’t arrived yet, so I can’t comment on the actual product, but I have watched lots of videos and seen Cate’s in action, and was quite taken both with the idea, the effectiveness and the cost saving. Although its about £35 upfront for the wipes and boxes, over the course of the time that a child will require them, I don’t think it works out too bad, even if their cost comparison is done to disposable wipes not bought in bulk or on offer.
I’m not quite sure what system we will have for the washing of the nappies. We’ve got a bucket with a lid with some mesh bags, so I am guessing we will store them in there until I run a washing load, maybe every other day. I am still not quite sure what washing liquid to use. Our machine in this house is a rather unusual top loader where through trial and error I have discovered liquid in a sort of pot thing inside the drum works best, and I usually use a natural liquid of some kind, either ecover, method or planet clean depending on the offers when I’m buying, although if anyone has any recommendations especially for cloth nappies, I’m all ears. Drying, we have a washing line and also, for the first time in several years, radiators, so other than getting a drying rack that is more space economical than the ones we have now, that shouldn’t be a problem.
If anyone has any tips about using cloth nappies in general though, fire away. I’m looking forward to trying them out and working out a system that works for us, but I’m also very keen on sharing ideas and discussion, even if cloth nappies aren’t the most riveting of topics, it’s about all I can manage right now…