Nappies. When I think baby I think about how expensive and wasteful disposable nappies are. Then guess what I found….you could actually still buy cloth nappies. In addition, they come in different types and look extremely cute. Therefore, that will salve my conscience about throwing disposable nappies away. I do not have to use them. Hubby took some convincing. He is not sure about washing out the poo. However, I think it is one of those things you have to deal with, disposable or cloth nappy. In addition, I have a plan about that too.
I then checked the price of cloth nappies….they are said to be cheaper than disposable, but like everything that says it is green, the initial cost is high. I do not want to spend R3000, 00 on twenty nappies. We were advised that it helps to start buying nappies early so that you do not end up with the high cost when the baby comes. How are you supposed to know how many to get, and in what size?
The good thing about cloth nappies is that you can get them to be adjustable, so you can buy a pack that takes you from birth to potty trained. This is great. However, that pack is at about R6000, 00.
So what do you do? Buy the disposables, which are cheaper initially, or the cloth, which only is cheaper over time?
I decided I am going to sew my own. I have found loads of patterns and a friend who has used cloth and forked out the money for it, showed her pack to me. It is very easy to sew, the pattern is not complex and I can choose fabric that I want.
Hubby was surprisingly calm about me wanting to sew them. I think it is partly that he knows I actually can do it properly (I have sewed many things around the house that look good). Also the friend that cloth nappied her daughter also says it is very easy to do.
We plan to have a stay at home nanny for when I have to start working again. This means we can use the cloth. I do not think day cares would not be wild about using cloth nappies (I may be mistaken here).
I think I may on an island about my choice to cloth nappy Kitten but I will take my chances. I feel strongly about being environmentally responsible. I know my Mom will freak when she hears about this, but it is our choice to make. Hubby is the only one I need the ok from, he has to do it too. If it does not work out, we can always drive to a store and buy disposables.
The other plus to cloth is that they are breathable and apparently reduce the events of nappy rash. How true this actually is, I will find out later. With my nephews, nappy rash was a reality with the disposable nappies. Therefore, I guess cloth cannot make it much worse.
I will be investigating the fabric stores here in Pretoria for suitable fabric. I am actually looking forward to sewing these.
On that note: Does anyone know where I can get decently priced crochet wool and yarn? Places like Metro Home do not really carry a decent range, also their prices are crazy.