Ah pregnancy, a time of dreams...... hypnobirthing, breastfeeding, skin to skin, lazy first weeks with my hubby on paternity leave, getting to know my little bundle, and cloth nappies. Lots of lovely cloth....
As my friend Eminem would say, "back to reality, oh there goes gravity..." Yeah well as previously discussed in my short blogging life, we didn't get all the lovely experiences that often go with childbirth. (but what we did have was precious and special in its own right).
When Joseph came home he was just under 5lb, so I decided to start exploring cloth nappies! An exercise I was planning to do in my third trimester. They could take away my vaginial, natural birth and give me a box of formula, but they can't take away my nappies!
We are very fortunate in Lancashire that we have a generous, green tinged council that gives an amount of cash back towards your cloth nappies, in an attempt to help curb our massive landfill problem. I do have to admit, that my love of real nappies is only partially fuelled by environmental concerns. I just love them! They are fleecy and soft. Colourful and bright. And they look so comfy. If you had to wear a nappy, you'd want one of these, I promise!
Also I was eligible, along with all pregnancy women for the healthy eating in pregnancy grant. Although in my case it was a "we hope you ate healthily in pregnancy grant!"
So after shopping around on the internet, I had a nappy advisor come to the house, and she had lots of lovely options. I finally decided on a lovely green fleece set. It took a bit of tailoring to make it fit Joseph's petite derriere!
Occasionally I do use disposables, for trips to clinic, and when we go away abroad, but at home Joseph is a 100% cloth.
They are easy to wash, no soaking, just a 40 degree wash and a scoop of sanitiser. I don't have a washing line or a dryer, they sit happily on our maiden inside.
I would urge any new mum to just give cloth a go. It's so much cheaper in the long run than disposables, your doing the earth a favour, and I believe they are more comfortable.
Who said its not easy being green?