DadTrackWorld – Reusable Nappies
biodegradable disposables?Posted 4 years agohot_fiatSubscriber
Mine must be a matter of days older than yours then. It is mind-boggling how much waste there is isn’t it? And the poor washing machine: I don’t think it’s had a moment off.
PM Lister on here. He’s done the hippy nappy thing twice & seems to have become an aficionado.Posted 4 years agoPiefaceMember
We used re-usables quite a bit, they work quite well when they’re pooing so regularly that they need changing often. However after about 6 months we moved to disposables at night as she slept better. Also used disposables when out and about.
If you’re prepared to be washing a load of nappies every 2 days then they’re fine. I think that they’re best suited to young babies like yours but when they’re pooing at a more regular interval the priority is their comfort and keeping them dry from wee, to that end I find disposables better but you only go through 4 a day.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
Anyone have experience using reusable nappies?
Recommendations of brands?
All seemed largely a much of a muchness though some were easier to use and wash. Had tried pretty much every brand available when kids were younger as the [ex] wife sold them as a business. I dont think it makes a huge difference re fit or anything tbh.
Did they cause any rash/chaff issues on your child?
I forget the rational now but all kids get rash and its not really down to the nappy
Pros – reusable, cheaper in the long run, easy to use.- even used when we went camping
Cons – storage of dirty nappies, lots of washing, drying a problem in winter. Bigger bag to carry around.
they tend to get better bladder control as when they wee they get wet so they associate it. With disposables you could probably leave it on till they poo- is this more hygienic – dont know for sure but i doubt itPosted 4 years ago
Yes, and heaven forbid we bought second hand 😀
I think you tend to change them more when young, but it effectively only adds an extra clothes wash every couple of days, but does save a small fortune. Best to get some quality ones (bumgenius?), and depending how big your little one is, they tend to be a bit bulky once the liner is added – that’s the only downside we found.
Can’t remember how long it was (6 months?) but we basically started to use the ease of disposables more and more as the tiredness gradually kicked in 🙂Posted 4 years agouwe-rMember
We used washable and it saved us a lot of money as well as the waste issue. They are also much better for Jnrs skin as they are 100% natural fibres (bamboo I think).
Can’t remember the brand but it came as a pack with various sizes and a bucket. You fill the bucket with a sanitizer solution so it doesn’t smell and you would be washing them every other day or so. Helps if you have a decent set up for laundry – we have the washer in the garage so that is where the bucket lived and was no bother.
We did this for at least a year. It is a bit of a commitment but it works well. We also had a very smooth ride when potty training which may or may not have had anything to do with the above.Posted 4 years ago
despite a number of studies in this area there is no evidence to suggest that re-usalbes are any more environmentally friendly than disposables (energy in mnufacture and re-use etc.) – not saying they’re not but when you get home after work and the house is destroyed, your missus is knackered and emotional, you’ve got to make tea, wash up, get the boy to sleep, do the bottles, put the bin out, order yet more sh!t off t’interweb, hoover, iron your shirts…..do you really want to add wash nappies, dry nappies, iron nappies to the list when you can just just think ‘ahhhh, saved a load of energy there, well done eco-dad!’Posted 4 years agomrmonkfingerMember
Our little chap is sporting disposables (1 or 2) overnight and when out and about (or when utterly knackered from lack of sleep or having an attack of cant-bear-sed), otherwise its reusables all the way. I guess we do an extra wash every couple of days or so. Certainly saves a few quid in the long run.
Have a mixture of brands (yup, we’re penny scrimping with second hand nappies), little lamb, motherease, tots bots – all much of a muchness.
wash nappies, dry nappies, iron nappies
WTF? you iron nappies?Posted 4 years ago
it’s more about how you launder them for aggeragte environmental impact
Also if the local authority of the OP uses energy from waste rather than landfill for disposal it would change again.
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A-£2bn-environmental-services-organisationPosted 4 years agoprawnyMember
We used terry squares with the eldest, they were fine until he got too big for them so we bought some shaped ones.
We just used to prefold the squares every night and used nappy nippers instead of pins, because they’re loads easier. Use flushable paper liners to cut down on the amount of shite you’ve got sitting in the bucket.
We switched to disposables when the eldest was about 2 and the youngest had come along. Don’t seem to work as well with girls, the poop goes where you don’t want it to be 😕Posted 4 years ago
We have two or three binbags of the buggers. Please take them from us!
despite a number of studies in this area there is no evidence to suggest that re-usalbes are any more environmentally friendly than disposables
The studies I read had people boil-washing them and tumble drying them. You don’t need to boil wash, in fact ours had 50C on the washing instructions, and we rarely tumble dried, only a handful of times.
The best ime are Tots Bots, the soft ones that don’t make a thick wad between the legs. We hav 11 of these, and two binbags of thick bamboo ones, older style Tots Bots. They work well but our kids found them uncomfortable when toddling around. They are shaped like disposables, with velcro tabs, so no pins or folding required.
Energy aside, you save a LOT of money. And we are the most disorganised parents ever, but washing the nappies never seemed much of a chore for some reason. Just chuck em in the washer every few days.
With toddlers we went to a disposable at night for reasons of nappy rash. Although you may be lucky, depends on their pee and guts. Some kids seem to have more acrid emissions than others, and more delicate skin.
Oh yeah we also had terry wipes, they were way more effective than disposable wipes. Makes for an easier job in fact.Posted 4 years agotenacious_dougMember
Yes, Bumgenius Elemental from here. Had him in disposables for first 8 weeks or so and still at night as they don’t have as much wee capacity as disposables without the boosters that I have yet to buy.
Dead simple to use, no more difficult than a disposable, don’t think the washing is that much of an issue, chucking a dozen nappies in the machine every 2 days and hanging them to dry is about 2 minutes work (I timed it)….they don’t need ironing.
Although I feel good about reducing waste to landfill, main reason was for cost, which is undeniably lower, even more so when you consider you can use them for a second baby, or that there is a pretty good second hand market once you’re done.
Recommend the Nappy Lady for information and advice, even if you choose to purchase elsewhere.Posted 4 years agojamieaMember
We use Bambino Mio and, despite my advice to the contrary, the wife puts them in with all our other washing at 30ºC 😯 .
They became much easier to deal with once she started eating proper food, there was muchos mess in the first few weeks! Oh and Cheeky Wipes as well- great for getting rid of dried on Wheatabix!
Cheers,Posted 4 years ago
We never had success with the paper liners, they always bunched up and ended up not catching anything.
Our kids seemed to have soft sticky gooey poo for some reason, rather than firm turds – most of the time at least. The occasional firm turd is a bonus, it just plops into the toilet, but otherwise yes it goes into the machine poo and all. Poo is very water soluble. Some bad ones I scraped a bit, but only around 18mo-2yo, it didn’t really happen before that age. And even then it was just shaking some lumps into the bog.Posted 4 years agomrmonkfingerMember
The paper liner thingies catch most of the poo. If it all goes horribly wrong, the odd nappy gets hosed off in the shower (or outdoors). But 99% of them just go straight from baby to storage bin (and then washing machine later obv).
At 30deg, the nappies come out still smelling faintly of baby turd. I don’t think I’d be putting them in with the other washing!Posted 4 years agomurfMember
We have re-useables for our 2nd child who is now 3 months. Loads cheaper than disposable nappies and seem much comfier than disposable ones. Cheeky wipes for us too! Thought my wife was becoming a tree hugging hippy when she suggested the whole scheme but it’s working out well.Posted 4 years agotenacious_dougMember
Not what our midwives said. After the first two weeks they were happy for wipes to be used and said there wasn’t any evidence to suggest they shouldn’t be.
Just because they are ok to use, doesn’t mean that water and cotton wool isn’t much kinder. Oh and our midwife told us differently.Posted 4 years ago
Whatever is kinder, water and cotton wool/terry flannels are much cheaper than wet wipes, so does us fine!the wandererMember
Ours is now 5 months old. Been exclusively using reusables.
First started on the Bambino Mios but then migrated to the Tots Bots easyfit.
They’re brilliant. Add a microfleece liner in there to wick away the pee, no need for paper inserts.
Have been using reuseable wipes aswell – Cheeky wipes- come with a container and some scented oil.
All used nappies and wipes go into a bin with a mesh liner, mesh bag goes into washing machine. Job done.
It’s easy. So easy, cheaper and better for everyone that I am flabbergasted the number of seemingly intelligent parents who use disposables.Posted 4 years ago
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