Getting into cloth is a process that can be a little overwhelming at first…there are decisions to make and your gut to trust. It seems no one – our parents, friends, elders -talks about the humble nappy…well at least not in a helpful way. Only the advertising industry seems to get in front of us but of course, we know what picture they paint…
It is very easy to put learning about nappies into the ‘too hard basket’, and focus on other essentials, but don’t be fooled… using disposables still requires research and consideration. One of my little loves of cloth nappies, is that I never need to walk down the baby aisle at the supermarket. But when I do wonder past, I feel the same sense of overwhelm of choice when I see the disposable nappies on the shelves.
Being a parent, you make choices and decisions everyday. It is endless and can certainly be exhausting but c’est la vie. Some days you rock it and some does you don’t. So in an effort to take a little of the overwhelm out of cloth nappy shopping, lets breakdown the process.
Selecting which cloth nappy works for your family starts with WHY you want to get into cloth. Everyone has different motivations, and recognising which is your reasoning helps define which style or brand will suit your family best. At my workshops, I start by asking families how they would preference the following three statements.
I would like to use cloth nappies because:
a. the environmental factors
b. the financial savings
c. the materials against baby’s skin
How did you order your list?
If a) environmental factors was your top motivation than looking at any cloth nappy system will certainly tick this box but obviously will not make it any clearer to you which system will work best for your family. So let’s dig a little further.
If b) financial savings was top of your list than GroVia’s Hybrid nappy system will be an awesome option or any ‘All in Two’ (AI2) system that can fit from newborn to potty training. Your ultimate savings will be investing in cloth instead of disposables from day 1 but also selecting a system that works as a ‘one size fits most’. I used our GroVia Hybrid system from day 1 in hospital and am still using the same system at 18 months – brilliant! The GroVia Hybrids also gives you the flexibility of using different soaker pads in the waterproof shell, which can again cut costs if you opt for the prefolds instead of the fitted soaker pads.
Now if your top concern was c) the material against baby’s skin, then selecting a nappy with 100% organic cotton inner will be your ultimate selection. Both the GroVia Hybrid & AIO have organic cotton inners. If cost savings was not your top priority, than the All-in-One (AIO) from GroVia would be your first choice. This system is so simple and is super trim too, it really works a treat. If you wanted to use AIO from birth than you need to buy the newborn version as well because the AIO only starts to fit at about 2 to 3 months or 4.5kilos. Hence why the complete system from birth is more expensive than the Hybrid system but still very effective and will still save the family money in the long run vs. using disposables.
Phew! Did that make sense to you? I’ve kept this breakdown super simple but there are certainly more ways to breakdown cloth for the best solution for your family.