While we speak with a lot of parents to be who are researching cloth nappies and working out what they’ll use when their newborn arrives, we also help out many parents once their baby is 12 months or more and they’ve decided to start out on their cloth nappy journey.
There can be a lot of reasons for coming to cloth nappies late, some we hear often are:
The impact that disposable nappies have on the environment is no more obvious than when you have rubbish bins full of used disposables. It’s hard to comprehend just how many nappies you’ll go through until your little poo and wee machine is earthside and doing what they do best!
Cloth nappies may have been a consideration while pregnant, but with the overwhelm of everything else needed as first time parents, they ended up at the bottom of the ‘to get’ list. Once out of that newborn haze and with a bit more brain capacity, navigating the cloth nappy world seems a lot easier!
We also hear from parents who are expecting their second (or subsequent) baby and they’re keen to give cloth nappies a test run with their toddler before their newborn is born. Often they’ve had a bad experience with nappies that are complicated and/or have constantly leaked, and they’re keen to give it another shot.
Regardless of your reason to starting cloth nappies late in the game, it really is never too late to get started. So here’s a few tips that we hope will help you make a smooth transition to cloth nappies:
Reach out to cloth nappy users that you might know for help and advice – first hand advice from someone is the best and nothing beats in person help and tips to get a great fit with your cloth nappies of choice. Or if you don’t know of anyone, there are lots of online options too – there are a number of cloth nappy Facebook groups out there or help is always available directly from a cloth nappy retailer. We’re here to help, so never be afraid to get in touch to ask your questions!
If you’re unsure if reusables are for you, perhaps start small with something like cloth wipes. This will give you a taster for how easy it can be to incorporate reusable products into your routine, and how reliable and effective they can be.
Don’t feel like you need to go all in and use cloth nappies full time straight away (but if you want to, go for it!). Use a mixture of cloth and disposables throughout the day, in whatever way works best for you – whether that’s using cloth at home and disposables overnight and while out and about, do what works for you and your little one.
Don’t get overwhelmed by all the advice and opinions out there. Choose a nappy or two that you think you might like, and give them a go! Follow the washing care instructions from the manufacturer and you’ll be cloth nappying like a professional in no time!
The advantage of starting cloth nappies later is that you’ll need less nappies overall, as your little one is likely to be past the stage of going through a huge amount of nappies each day. For toddlers from around 12 months old, you can usually get away with around 12 nappies in total.
The other advantage to starting late with cloth is that your nappies should still be in great condition once your toddler is toilet trained, so you'll be ready to go with nappies with any subsequent babies, or be able to get a reasonable price for them selling secondhand.
Choose a simple one size fits most cloth nappy that will fit your little on through until toilet training. Our Candies All In Two cloth nappies are perfect to start your cloth nappy journey with. They’re a multi award winning nappy that’s all about the least amount of fuss possible – easy to use, easy to care for and easy to assemble. Find out more about Candies here.
And as mentioned above, if you’re unsure where to start but know that you want to use cloth nappies (whatever the age of your little one), please contact us with your questions and we’ll help you out or check out our other articles in Nappy School.