Frugal Family

The Re-usable Nappy Queen

I’ll be honest, I love the idea of re-usable nappies. Great for the planet, and great for your purse too! Thats my idea of a perfect nappy. I read somewhere that 8 million disposablenappies are sent to the landfill every day! Jay’s mum brought us a trial pack of re-usable nappies from Mothercare called SmartNappy when I was about 5 months pregnant. Call me eager!! The idea was to have them in the house for emergencies. Because I, personally, did not like the idea of having to wander to Tesco’s at 4 am with a bare bottomed child when the last nappy had been pooped in.

Re-usable nappies are quite expensive to buy to begin with, but keep your eyes out for deals. Or even keep your eyes peeled on Ebay for them. The pack we brought were half price down from £40 and contained 4 nappy covers and 8 terry toweling liners. You can also buy disposable pads for as little as £1.20 so you only have to wash the nappy cover when needed and throw away the pad. The invention of reusable nappies has developed so much in recent years and are now so simple to use. No fussy folding and sharp pins to worry about.

When Wilow first arrived we used normal disposable nappies for 2 weeks while we got used to the nappy changes and while her skin ‘toughened up’ a bit. At first it took a little concentration to learn how to make up the nappy soak (which is also very cheap and lasts a long time), and get a routine going so you don’t have to put the washing machine on every day. I use a nappy pail that was given to me by my auntie but you can just use an ordinary bucket or dedicated washing up bowl.

I find that its easiest to use the re-usable nappies in the day time and stick to disposables at night or when going out the house. I wouldn’t like to carry around a dirty nappy in my bag all day! If Willow has only done a little wee then I simply hand wash the nappy and stick them on the radiator to dry. It takes 5 Minutes and thats one less nappy in the land fill! If it’s a poo that shes blessed me with then I put the nappy to soak in the pre-made nappy soak I made that morning or even the day before (if there wasn’t many pooey ones) and bung them in the wash when I have enough or when I’m putting a wash on.

I’ll be honest, at first I found it quite tricky getting used to washing some quickly and soaking others but now I don’t even think about it. And any thing thats saves a few pence gets a big thumbs up from me! Also I think Willow looks quite cute in her re-usable nappy!

willow newhouse reusable nappy


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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  1. becky says:

    I love this blog great advice for parents trying to save some money! great stuff. Do link youp th thrifty familyies blog carnival @frugalfamily ontwitter with this post

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