Lately I have been thinking about my nappy "journey". The nappy experience has been a different one each time around for me. First time around, as a young mum of 23, I intended to use cloth nappies part time. But I soon fell into the ease of disposables. I didn't even know anyone that used cloth. But six months in, I did begin to use cloth, at the same time doubting whether it was worth the money saved. If only I had had the support from the internet back then.
With Julia I used disposables exclusively, telling myself I did not have the time to do cloth nappies.
However, this time around I decided early on to use cloth nappies. With the support I was previously missing now being found on excellent websites and the world of blogs, this time around it has been a far more pleasant and rewarding experience. Though I generally use my homemade pre-fold nappies and old-fashioned white towelling squares, I also have a small assortment of modern cloth nappies that are handy for when we go out. There is so much more available these days than when I had my first two.
We are on tank water, so water is quite precious in our home. But with a nappy wash being only every second or third day, we have not noticed any significant decline in our water supply. We also use a water saving front loader.
While I was pregnant I made about 24 pre-fold flats in the newborn size, using the pattern instructions from Soulemama's Handmade Home. These worked remarkably well, looked quite pretty in all their stripes and florals, and cost me next to nothing. Now I am using them as boosters to other nappies, as they are too small.
Recently I decided to make another batch using the larger size in the book. I used several old flannelette sheets for this project.
Once all that cutting was done I zigzagged around the edging and sewed through the layers. Yes, still too nervous to pull out the overlocker!
So I now have an extra stack of twelve nappies to add to the stash. These ones are lovely and soft, roomy, can be worn a number of ways, and they are quite satisfying to make. You will need to pop a cover over the top when in use.
Though it did take me two weeks of sporadic cutting and sewing, it really is a fairly quick and easy project, and would be perfect for a beginner sewer.
What is your nappy story?