Guest post-The Nappy Mountain! (Part 2 – Cloth nappies)

The Nappy Mountain

It’s part 2 and day 2 of Maragrita Woodley’s guest posts on the nappy mountain……

There are two ways to help reduce costs and the impact on the environment when it comes to nappies. Last time I talked about how training “early” could save you 100s of pounds. Today, I would like to make the case for cloth!

Before you groan and close this window – let me just quickly say – that the cloth nappy has evolved! It is no longer a complicated to fold terry nappy with pins that draw blood. There are a 100 of nappies out there to choose from (which is a problem, as it is confusing, I admit – but get in touch with me and I can give you some advice) and they come in a range of beautiful and fluffy colours. Don’t knock it until you’ve investigated!

Cloth nappies will cost you around £400 – £600 to invest in.Which is cheaper than a low estimate of what disposables would cost. Potty train “later” and you save even more with cloth.

I admit, that £400 – £600 is A LOT of  money to pay up front. However, you don’t have to buy everything in one go, as they do come in sizes. Some councils will give you vouchers towards the costs. Other areas have local “nappy networks” that can help you purchase them at a lower price.

Over the lifetime in which your child is in nappies, it is estimated that cloth is cheaper – even with all the washing and washing powder used (there is a myth, that the energy used to wash is worse than the nappy mountain, this is only true if you wash at 90C – most nappies are washed between 40C – 60C).


Photo courtesy of Green baby

Now, if you have more than one child, you are looking at a bargain. Pip Squeak is using Red Ted’s old nappies. So to date, I have spend £0 on her bottom- especially as I have decided to use cloth wipes too (which I cut out of an old soft sheet). I don’t have to lug around bulky packs. Easy. We are planning a third child. Just imagine how much I would have spent on all three!

Cloth is a little more work, but you soon get into a routine and I only wash them every 3-4 days or so, they dry quickly in both winter and summer (radiators in winter, summer breeze in summer).

Please, do give cloth a thought/ chance! Contact a nappy network near for info. Or send me an email/ drop me a line. I love to help and spread the cloth word!!!

Buy cloth. Save money. Reduce waste.


Thanks to Margarita for 2 environmentally and economically inspiring guest posts.

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  1. April 8, 2010 / 4:03 am

    I also love cloth diapering, we have saved so much money not buying disposables. Do you use prefolds? I found them too difficult and bulky. I use pocket style diapers at night. Daytime I use a “free insert” system. There’s a brand here in the US called Flip which is an outer shell plus an insert that just lays in the shell. I do the same thing with other brands of covers + inserts.

  2. Katherine
    April 12, 2010 / 10:16 pm

    I must admit that we probably haven’t saved much money over disposables- but only because my addiction to new fluffy things is starting to get out of hand! If we’d stuck with the birth-to-potty nappies we bought when DS was tiny, we’d have spent about £300 for nappies, bucket, wet bag and liners. If we ever have a second child (highly unlikely, but still…) they’ll be used again, along with some new gorgeous fluffy ones.
    Can I just add, as well, that we’ve found them no more effort than disposables, and they are so much softer and prettier and generally nicer it’s unbelievable. Seriously.
    Thanks for a great post, Maggy, will have to print this out and show it to my mum, who STILL doesn’t get it.

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