It’s Never Too Late

I often hear people say ‘I’ll give cloth a go for my next one” and their current child is still in nappies. My response is “why wait?”, There are still massive savings to be had by converting to cloth even when your baby is a year old. The added benefit is you still get to use them for your next baby! so you get double savings!

Will changing to cloth nappies affect my current baby?

Not really, initially your baby may ‘react’ to the difference but over a few days they won’t really know the difference. A fleece liner can make all the difference when making the change too; as it will allow moisture to pass through it creating a stay dry barrier.

Potty Training

There’s no proven studies to confirm this but I know many parents who swear by cloth nappies; as they enable potty training to be successful earlier than many of their disposable using counterparts. Why? because the wetness isn’t completely locked away in a mass of chemicals; the child has a greater awareness of the discomfort and reacts to it.

Many Bottoms?

Cloth nappies aren’t restricted to be used on only one baby! They’re designed to last, and can cover many bottoms! So even if your baby is 8 months old when you change over, you will still get best part of a years use before they’re potty trained then the whole birth – potty training with your next baby! A sure fire way of maximising your savings!!

Two babies in Nappies?

Don’t be put off using cloth nappies if your going to have two babies in nappies. You will feel the financial benefit of not buying disposables. You can invest in birth to potty or one-size nappies which can be worn by either baby. Your more likely to have a fuller washing machine of dirty nappies spreading the cost of energy and resources used in washing the nappies.


I am Mummy to a little boy called Quentin, currently on maternity leave until July 2010 and Nuts about Cloth Nappies.

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7 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    I only switched to cloth when I found out I was pregnant with number 2, so my daughter was around a year old, I use mainly btp nappies, with a few sized ones for night time, and it’s great, as I just throw a handful in my bag and if one is getting through them faster I can just unpopper them to fit either baby, I don’t have a car, so lugging packs of nappies for both children back with the double buggy from the supermarket would be a nightmare (as I discovered when the washer broke)

  2. Ros says:

    I switched when my daughter was about 7-8 months, although had intended to use real nappies soon after birth…never got round to it. I love using them and its a lot less hassle than I thought. will definitely be using them for baby number 2. and since we have flip and bumgenius nappies they’re both one size, so like you Helen I can use them on both babies throughout the time they are in nappies.

  3. Vici says:

    We used cloth from very early on but this is a fantastic write up on why any time is a good time to switch over. I will forward to anyone who thinks its best to wait until next time. Thanks

  4. minna says:

    I’m trying to convince my neighbour to go real, but so far she has only promised to do so once potty training.. I just think there’s absolutely no reason not to give it a try at least; if it really is not your cup of tea then you can easily sell the nappies, and with councils giving real nappy vouchers to new mamas (some councils in london at least), it’s free to give it a go with a couple of nappies.

  5. Linzy says:

    i switched when my baby was 11 or 12 weeks, i know that isnt late but i just kept thinking that it was, i thought I’d already had piles of nappies in the house so why would i, but it took me like 2 weeks to get my head around all the different kinds but he just kept leaking with the sposies, because his skinny legs, i could NOT get a good fit. I like that i can adjust the absorbancy and size depending on his needs. i have convinced hubby it is the economical option (oops lol) So i will DEFINITELY be reusing with #2!

  6. Sionedwyn says:

    We’ve used cloth nappies from the start with our second little boy, and I regret giving up with our first after his first birthday – I really should have carried on. I didn’t know as much about reusables then as I do now.
    It will be interesting to see how potty training varies taking into consideration what your article states, we are about to start with our eldest and he is just over 2 1/2 years old!

  7. Elena says:

    This post is wrote for me!
    I have two children (only the 2nd still in nappies). I knew that there were cloth nappies and I looked for information on web, but I always delay to try. Also because in Italy is very difficult find cloth nappies in shops.
    But one day, few week ago, in one supermarket I saw some Pop-In! I immediately recognized it, because I read of it on web.. At last I can touch one of that!! It also was in sale price, so I buy two! I started use them and my child and I are very happy. Now I search some others.

    I forgot say my 2nd child has nearly 3 years old. Also for us it’s never too late! Really.
    And then, because not, if it will arrive another child one day, I will be ready!

    Regards from Italy and sorry for my incorrect english.

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