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We also use dudeybaba nappies which are all in one nappies. They're bigger, but fit her ok now.
We use disposables at night as she gets very wet, may have to try cloth again now she's sleeping through.
I love cloth nappies and they're a lot easier than you expect! I also wash at 40c, even the dirtiest are clean, you find the liners catch most of the mess anyway!
We bought in 'Real Nappy' week when they were on special offer - do look out for offers around that time. Our council did cashback on buying cloth nappies, which was useful. Our setup cost, with buckets etc, has been in the region of £150. Flips are a bit cheaper than some nappies, but as people have pointed out do try different types first (not that we did, we just took a gamble, bought a full pack, and they fitted) in case they don't suit.
With Flips you wipe the outers and reuse, and just wash the inserts (and the homemade fleece liners). We wash the outers when they get pooey. Using Flips daytime only, we've found that 8 outers and 20-22 inners is about right. I'd say we get through 5-6 nappies per day, and wash every 3 days. We do use disposables overnight, because they tend to last that little bit longer.
We only started using them at about 3 or 4 months because getting used to a new baby was hard enough without getting used to washing nappies too!
In the study a few years back they found that cloth nappies had the same impact as disposables IF
they are washed at 90 degrees
using standard detergent and fabric conditioner
and then ironed.
Most of us wash at 60, don't use conditioner and certainly don't iron!
That study didn't take into account the disposal either. My cotton prefold nappies were gone within five weeks in the compost bin- if I'd used plastic disposables they'd still be in landfill. Two babies wore them for a total of over five years and only some of them have gone to compost; the rest clean the floors.
(You can get all pernicketty and argue that the resources used to create the washing machine far outweigh the damage of plastic nappies but I'm going to assume that very few families but one especially when baby arrives )
Those are very different assumptions to the report I linked to. Might be worth you reading it.
None of the other children I know in cloth nappies were potty trained any earlier than other children.
I don't really care to be honest. It's not a competition.
We washed them at 40 degrees and did not use any bleaching chemicals or a tumble dryer. With the cost of plastic pants and nappy pins( which we had also kept from DS1), but not the price of washing , we probably spent 150.00 max which is not bad for 'nappying' 3 children.
We now use them as floor cloths - the nappies not the children:D