It may seem like there is a lot to learn when starting out with Cloth Nappies but it is really about what works for you and your family.
You may have Googled lots of things - Why choose cloth nappies? Which cloth nappies should I use? How many cloth nappies will I need? And, usually most importantly, how much will cloth nappies cost me!
I hope that you have found the information you seek via Google or here on our website. Another website www.thenappylady.co.nz has lots of great information if you are still unsure. If you want to have a workshop in your area you need to contact the council and encourage them to get The Nappy Lady to visit your district. If you have any quick questions about cloth nappies you can contact me.
The answers to some of your questions though can only be answered by you. Trial (and some error) is a great way to find the best fit for you and your family. Cloth nappies come in all different shapes, sizes and styles and the only way to know what works for you is to try the brand you like the look and style of best and if it works increase your number of nappies.
Cloth nappies differ in quality and materials - you get what you pay for in most cases but there are some great options out there that are very affordable. Isn't that what we all want? Affordable cloth nappies that are good quality? That is what our company is about - providing you with a range of nappies that are well priced, made from high quality materials and come from manufacturers with high standards of quality control.
Inserts also come in a variety of fabrics and levels of absorbency - more information can be found in our Materials Information page. Again, what materials work for you is a case of trialing them on your child. There are great tried and true combinations but feel free to test some new insert combinations out for yourself.
Some experience shared from the founder of Chubby Cheeks:
Our two and a half year old has a peapod trifold booster/absorber with a Cherub Tree Microfibre on top - serves his needs really well and is slim fitting. As we near toilet training and he is getting bigger we have also been using Ecobots covers with a prefold. A more generous fit on him now that he is bigger.
Our 5 month old has a Cherub Tree microfibre/hemp insert combination that is really trim fitting and absorbent enough for her needs and is sometimes in a Pikapu All in One (AIO) which is a great fit for her and an easy nappy for Dads and Grandparents to use.
You just have to try - our philosophy is to get parents to try cloth nappies. Give them a go - see if you notice monetary savings, a change in rubbish, a change in comfort for your child and I bet you don't even notice that there is some extra washing to hang out.
We hope you perservere with your reusable cloth nappy journey and are here to help. If you haven't found the answers you need about absorbency of inserts, costs of cloth, benefits of using cloth and saving money with a baby then please contact us for some one to one support.