Starting out on the journey
Using ‘real’ nappies on my son was not a conscious choice; it was simply the way I planned to protect my son before he was toilet trained. The thought of using disposables depressed me for a variety of reasons, chiefly the environmental impact, but also the effect their use would have on Ewan. It was not a road I would freely go down. I was aware of how misleading the word disposable actually is; products may be ‘thrown away’, but their impact on the earth is still felt. Instead, I was faced with a decision about which kind of cloth nappy to buy. On researching this topic, I was impressed with the huge variety of choices available, finding every kind of reusable nappy you could wish for, in every colour, size and pattern imaginable.
Luckily my sister-in-law had used cloth nappies on her daughter; she kindly gave me all her Mother-ease Air Flow Wrap andTotsBots shaped nappies and accessories when she’d finished with them, as well as a good deal of advice. The National Child Birth Trust also lent me their cloth nappy testing kit whilst at one of their antenatal classes, and I also found a lot of resources online, such as the Go Real – Real Nappy Information Service Without this support I wouldn’t have known where to start. Confronted with rows of disposables in leading stores, we were frustrated we couldn’t examine products we were investing hundreds of pounds in. However, this mirrors a similar lack of choice in most natural baby care products on the high-street, although luckily there is a far wider variety available online. After much deliberating, my husband and I decided to purchase a range of all-in-one Fuzzibunz and BumGenius nappies.