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Check with your local authority to see if they offer any incentives - some do a free nappy pack with some nappy samples in, others give you cash back - just need to provide a receipt against reusable sales.
I loved the Bumgenius (but not a huge fan of their Flip range), ittibittis and Fuzzibunz. I found Close PopIns great for night time or long journeys. I am a huge fan of All in One, one sized nappies - they do work out to be slightly more expensive, but I found the convenience and fit just too good to ignore.
Don't dismiss some of the cheaper brands though, I found a lot of them were perfectly fine with an older baby. Tbh, I've found the main difference between the big named reusable and cheaper ones is the quality and absorbency of the insert - once you've built up a stash of inserts you can chop and change/double up inserts with your outers (especially if using pocket nappies), making buying cheaper nappies much more of a better option.
Don't spend a fortune on a special 'nappy bucket' - a bucket is a bucket - one with a lid is preferable, but these can be picked up in the likes of Wilkos. Netbags can be bought very cheaply on ebay. As for reusable wipes - for home, very cheap flannels do the job nicely.
Beware - nappy buying can become addictive, you think you have enough and then a new pattern comes out....
That's a bit of a myth I'm afraid. No, they don't go into landfill, but the extra carbon emissions from the energy required to wash (and usually) dry them pretty much cancels that out.
Being cheaper or not really depends on what you buy and how long baby is in them.
Agree with this.
I bought about a dozen (gorgeous) ittibittis for my DD, but she HATED the feeling of being wet. So much so that if get through 18-20 liners A DAY in the first month. I bought 24, so was washing them constantly, and no tumble dryer so got really behind. Gave up and use the Eco disposables instead.
(Sold on 22 liners and boosters and 10 wraps and kept 2 for DD to play with when/if she ever has a baby doll.)
DD is also 2 and I just put her in normal pants when we're at home. She still hates the feeling of wet fabric against her bits so she's getting used to the whole potty training idea.
I do an extra 2 washes a week, we go though 5-6 nappies a day I'd say. I wash every 3 days and dry pail. Depending on what nappy you buy, some will dry in 24 hours on an airer. Inserts can be put on the radiator. I don't have a dryer at the moment
I made my own liners too, disposable ones aren't great. In fact I still have two or three rolls
I did disposables just to get me through that newborn 'fog' where you don't know what day it is. And use Nature Babycare eco nappies for nights and long trips out.
I do tend to get some leaking with the Ebay cheapies, even with a bamboo booster. This tends to be worse if you have a tight vest as it squeezes the nappy, best to buy vest extenders or just use a size up. We've been using 12-18 vest for ages and he's 9-12 or smaller
Mine go on a 30 degree wash, and dry on the airer, with the boosters getting a quick finish off in the dryer with the rest of my washing. Does two or three 30 degree washes equal the production of a pack of nappies a week? Particularly the ones that use plastics?
It's quite complicated science - there are lots of variables. And some/many councils now collect disposable nappies separately, they don't go to landfill and the methane is used in the production of biofuel.
The manufacturing process for reusables isn't so saintly and ongoing energy costs of laundering (even when assuming that 75% are line dried) and water add to the environmental impact. It's very hard to say categorically, but basically there probably isn't much in it.
Environment Agency study: http://a0768b4a8a31e106d8b0-50dc802554eb38a24458b98ff72d550b.r19.cf3.rackcdn.com/scho0808boir-e-e.pdf
Your tolerance to all things poo related will go up exponentially the minute you have a new baby.
Poomaggeddon will happen and you will deal with it. Scraping poo into a toilet and dropping the nappy into a bucket will seem positively hygienic in comparison to poomaggeddon.
80% of a used disposable nappy will biodegradable now, and as I said, biofuel can be made from them. Its a bit like "environmentally friendly cars" and solar panels. The impact of manufacturing them will never be recovered by the apparently "clean" use of them.
They're unlikely, in the main, to be better for the environment as a whole*. It's really just down to personal preference.
*althoygh using them for more than one child will obviously help.