Time flies when you have a tiny little man to look at all day!
I thought I should write about nappies. Hector has washable nappies and, as they are so obvious, (‘does my bum look big in this?’ ‘Yes’) people often comment on them. People say things like ‘Well done on using re-usable nappies’, ‘It must be a real pain’ etc, so I want to put the record straight – washable nappies are not difficult! I have been adamant from the start that I would not use disposable nappies, I don’t want Hector having a big carbon bum-print after all! When I first looked at all the washable options I was totally overwhelmed and didn’t know what to buy, but soon realised that it is made more complicated by the sheer range of ‘models’ available, so we opted for some ‘shaped’ nappies and lots of traditional ‘terry squares’ and we are also using washable fleece liners.
People seem surprised that we have used them since day one, but it’s really not that hard. Being someone who likes instructions and who is into origami, I was excited at the thought of some complicated nappy fold, but we use a simple triangle, then smaller triangle fold at the moment (with the fabulous ‘nappy nippas’), which is good for boys as the thickest part is at the front. One concern that people have is that they will be doing lots and lots of washing – we put the dirty nappies in a bucket with a lid (along with some tea tree oil to freshen it up) and wash a load every other day. Now, we are not big clothes washers anyway, so this is more than usual for us but, listening to the noise from our upstairs neighbours, they seem to use their washing machine at least once a day and there are only two of them! We have been looking into using ‘eco-balls’ to lessen the impact, so I’ll report back on those later on.
What about when you leave the house? One of the best things about re-usables is that you can easily feel when the nappy is wet, so do a quick change and avoid nappy rash (disposables advertise how absorbent they are, but this can prevent you realising your baby is sitting in a wet nappy). If we are going out for a few hours, we take his changing bag with a clean nappy in, some cotton wool and a bottle of water (no perfumed wipes for his delicate skin). I must say, the easiest places to do a change are outdoor spaces (as long as it’s not raining!) as shops and the like really haven’t got the hang of catering for everyone in their toilet facilities…there’s no way I could put my baby on the floor of a public loo! I have realised that I will have to get used to the idea of going into places and asking if I can change my baby there – I went into a hotel the other day and used their nice disabled toilet with changing table!
So, I would recommend using washable nappies, and save yourself money and save on adding to the landfill. Also, you might find your local council encourage their use – ours offers £54 as an incentive, to help you recoup some of your money from your initial investment! Go for it!
Oh, and to dispel another of those baby myths that people like to tell you – baby poo doesn’t smell horrible at this stage, it has a unique sort of sweet smell when they are breast fed…it’s when they move onto solid food that the smell makes an appearance!