Cloth on a Budget - Intro

For some reason, with this baby, I became adamant that I wanted to use cloth (reusable) nappies. When I had Moo I was under the illusion that they were all still terry cloth and safety pins...my step-mum has a story of her youngest brother and a safety pin from a nappy that has always made me feel more than a little bit queasy.

It wasn't until I started my journey as a parenting blogger that I discovered that actually, they've come along way since the days when even you or I were children! There are a lot of different types; flat, shaped, and all-in-one and so many brands ranging from budget to higher-end. 

Seriously, my husband even joked that I'm so obsessed and talk about it that much that anyone would think I was on commission.

I'm not.

I am interested in the environment and conservation, however for me, the deciding factor on this decision was primarily financial. As a family, we do not have a high disposable income, and my blog reflects that. Money saving is important to me and the foundations of what makes up Little Pink Teacup. There are a lot of guides out there on different types of nappies, how to pick what's best for you, how to wash/dry and everything else. I'm going to be posting a series of updates about cloth nappies on a budget as I research the best prices and try my hand at a little bit of everything. If you're interested in cloth but are worried about the initial start-up cost, my recommendation to you would be to spread the cost. There are a lot of trial kits available from all the online retailers, some with just one brand, others with a variety of different brands and types for you to explore and find out what it is you like.

I've created my own starter kit which you can view here, which I have tried to do on a low budget and with the idea in mind to try a little bit of everything whilst still having enough nappies to use.

If purchasing is something you really want to do when you have made a definite decision, then try looking up local nappy libraries in your area or finding a nappy agent or 'guru' who represents a shop such as Fill Your Pants and can meet and show you all the different types and brands that their company has to offer, you don't have to buy and at least you've seen them all.

There is one more option, offers such as this that give you the chance to try nappies at home with a deposit. If you're not happy, they simply refund the deposit upon you sending the nappies back. There are a few of these offers dotted about, the one I've linked to, I think, is the best value for money.


The sites I found to have the best offers and prices were...
Fill Your Pants - great all round prices, good trial kits.
Babi Pur - Great prices on TotsBots.
Grow Up Green - Best prices for accessories and flat nappies!
Cloth Nappy Shop - Great prices on Little Lambs and Lollipop and fantastic customer service!
Clean Green Nappy Co - Best prices on TotsBots Easyfits.
Lizzie's Real Nappies - Good value trial kits, do a fab pre-fold kit for £23.
Baba+Boo - Lovely British company that do lovely pocket nappies for only £9.25 each and their net bags laundry bags are only £3 for two!

Clare

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Little Pink Teacup: Cloth on a Budget - Intro

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Cloth on a Budget - Intro

For some reason, with this baby, I became adamant that I wanted to use cloth (reusable) nappies. When I had Moo I was under the illusion that they were all still terry cloth and safety pins...my step-mum has a story of her youngest brother and a safety pin from a nappy that has always made me feel more than a little bit queasy.

It wasn't until I started my journey as a parenting blogger that I discovered that actually, they've come along way since the days when even you or I were children! There are a lot of different types; flat, shaped, and all-in-one and so many brands ranging from budget to higher-end. 

Seriously, my husband even joked that I'm so obsessed and talk about it that much that anyone would think I was on commission.

I'm not.

I am interested in the environment and conservation, however for me, the deciding factor on this decision was primarily financial. As a family, we do not have a high disposable income, and my blog reflects that. Money saving is important to me and the foundations of what makes up Little Pink Teacup. There are a lot of guides out there on different types of nappies, how to pick what's best for you, how to wash/dry and everything else. I'm going to be posting a series of updates about cloth nappies on a budget as I research the best prices and try my hand at a little bit of everything. If you're interested in cloth but are worried about the initial start-up cost, my recommendation to you would be to spread the cost. There are a lot of trial kits available from all the online retailers, some with just one brand, others with a variety of different brands and types for you to explore and find out what it is you like.

I've created my own starter kit which you can view here, which I have tried to do on a low budget and with the idea in mind to try a little bit of everything whilst still having enough nappies to use.

If purchasing is something you really want to do when you have made a definite decision, then try looking up local nappy libraries in your area or finding a nappy agent or 'guru' who represents a shop such as Fill Your Pants and can meet and show you all the different types and brands that their company has to offer, you don't have to buy and at least you've seen them all.

There is one more option, offers such as this that give you the chance to try nappies at home with a deposit. If you're not happy, they simply refund the deposit upon you sending the nappies back. There are a few of these offers dotted about, the one I've linked to, I think, is the best value for money.


The sites I found to have the best offers and prices were...
Fill Your Pants - great all round prices, good trial kits.
Babi Pur - Great prices on TotsBots.
Grow Up Green - Best prices for accessories and flat nappies!
Cloth Nappy Shop - Great prices on Little Lambs and Lollipop and fantastic customer service!
Clean Green Nappy Co - Best prices on TotsBots Easyfits.
Lizzie's Real Nappies - Good value trial kits, do a fab pre-fold kit for £23.
Baba+Boo - Lovely British company that do lovely pocket nappies for only £9.25 each and their net bags laundry bags are only £3 for two!

Clare

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2 Comments:

At 5 September 2013 at 11:48 , Blogger Sophie Wearing said...

What a useful post! I did consider cloth for a while but the decider for me was the fact that we currently have very little space, so air drying cloth pants is just not realistic for us. It's likely we will be moving to a much bigger place next year but by that point I feel like itll almost be too late. xxx

 
At 6 September 2013 at 16:12 , Blogger Clare Levett said...

Thank you Sophie, I don't think it's for everyone and some of them can take an age to dry (the more expensive, all-in-ones tend to be faster drying). You could always pick up one or two in an offer and use them at home if you really wanted to try. I have a friend who only uses them in doors and disposables out of the house, she says it's the best of both worlds ;)

 

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