Trying to be a ‘Cloth Bum Mum’


Real Nappy week is coming up, April 28th to be precise and as a previous poo-pooer (get it?) of reusable nappies I was asked if I was up for the challenge of using cloth nappies for a week and reporting back. The main reason I want to give it a go is to help the environment, the second reason is because they come in amazing patterns and styles, and the third reason is because it’s a great way to save money in the long run (especially if we have baby #2!)
My previous experience is thus: A friend lent us a few cloth nappies to try when Athena was a lot younger and was only breastfed. It was around the time that she only graced us with a number-two around every 4 to 5 days. As you can imagine the mess and sheer volume was rather alarming when it did happen. Well, it happened in a cloth nappy and it put me off them. I washed and returned them and never really gave them much thought again, although lots of my favourite mamas on instagram have their babies in cloth, and the gorgeous photos of washing lines full of amazing patterns and colours are very pretty!
So a whole bunch of nappy suppliers have got together with The Nappy Gurus & Fill Your Pants and donated a pack of leading nappy products available today so we can trial them, and hopefully become converts! My pack contains nappies from Smartipants, Charlie Banana, Little Lamb, GroVia, TotsBots & Bambino, along with a nappy bucket, liners and detergents and a wet nappy bag.
I also had a visit from my local Nappy Guru, Charlotte. She came over and spent a good hour talking me through the different types, inserts, liners, and how to wash, dry and store them. She also told me about her experience and how she started, and the support available locally, including nappy selling/swapping sites on facebook! She also rescued Athena when she decided to dive head first into the cardboard box all the nappies arrived in!
My main worries are:
  • how to manage out and about
  • the general faff – I have it in my head that there is a lot of faff to be done!
  • dealing with poop & wee leaking, especially overnight
  • the odour of nappies yet to be washed

So I’ll address these worries at the end of Real Nappy Week in a blog post or two about my experience, but in the mean time all the nappies are having their first wash ready for use, and you can follow our progress on Instagram until then!

Of course, when facing any challenge who do you turn to but twitter? Two lovely mamas there have pointed me in the direction of blogposts they’ve written which I’ve read through and found really helpful: Kelly has a guide to cloth nappies for beginners and Sarah has posted about why to choose cloth nappies.




  1. 25th April 2014 / 2:16 pm

    Ooooh looking forward to seeing your progress! x

  2. 27th April 2014 / 10:00 am

    I’ll be interested to hear how you get on (was going to say “see” how you get on, but that would be a bit weird, hearing will suffice!) 😉 We’ve used disposables since day 1 but my sister-in-law is about to have her first and has all the cloth nappies ready to go. I like the idea of them but, like you, I worry about how well they’d cope with poomaggedons and the like and also how easy they’d be to deal with out and about.

  3. 27th April 2014 / 9:35 pm

    We are occasional cloth bums… I have 8 nappies which I probably wash once a week/fortnight. Now I’m back at work, sprog is only wearing them at weekends (it seems harsh to push them on grandparents) and I’ve only been brave enough to wear them out when we aren’t going far from the house and when he’s recently pooed! I figured that’s still more good for the environment than all disposables!

  4. Toby Goes Bananas
    3rd May 2014 / 9:26 pm

    I must have missed this when you first posted it – thanks for the mention! Cloth nappies really aren’t that hard to manage once you get into a routine, I hope you like them!

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