Nappies Users- What type are you?

Think to yourself the type of person who uses cloth nappies. If it’s you great! If it’s not then think again, and ask yourself why not?

By writing this article I’m hoping to widen peoples views on cloth nappies and broaden the horizons of readers who may feel that cloth nappies are the trend for a select minority rather than for the greater good.

In an Eco-consious society I often wonder why the uptake of cloth nappies isn’t higher! I aim to enlighten you the various types of nappy users I have come across and see where you fit, including an estimated spend of each group on nappies from birth to potty training – on the assumption that potty training is successful by the age of 2 1/2 years old; I’ve worked out a conservative estimated total spent on standard ‘sposies (disposables) to be between £800-£1,200.

I’ve grouped the ‘types’ allowing a split between a ‘sposie and cloth user, this way you can comment freely without prejudice. This is purely for ‘fun’ there is no research to back me up – only my personal experiences!

One-off or One-brand Wonders
‘Sposie User
Probably brought a brand of cloth nappies when pregnant without really researching what would work for you, maybe had a leak then gave up or you braved the use of nappies until you realised that the poo has to go somewhere other than the bin. So on top of the cost of ‘sposies you probably have the additional cost of a birth to potty kit of un-used cloth nappies.
Cost: £1,200-£1,500
Savings: None

Cloth User
On the opposite extreme, you researched you invested and very pleased with your selection. You probably only have 1 or 2 types of nappy in your stash (maybe day/night ones).
Costs: £300-£400
Savings: £400-£800

Hooked and Addicted
Cloth User
Unfortunately ‘sposie users can’t really be quantified in this category.
These lush fluff lovers buys nappys now instead of shoes/handbags etc. Outfit matching or custom fluff is a must.
You probably keen on swapping or buying/selling pre-loved nappies to regularly refresh your stash.
Cost: £400-infinity
Savings: Depending on how ‘addicted’ you are.

Practical nappy lovers
‘Sposie User
Your a highly seasoned nappy user – you’ve tried them all and made your choices. You probably have a preferred ‘sposie brand for day/night use, heading out etc. Possibly have excess stocks of those nappies that didn’t work for you.
Cost: £1,200+
Savings: None

Cloth User
Has a nappy for all occasions, on the go, overnight, lazy day at home. You probably brought pre-loved before investing in new so you can be sure you like to shape, fit and absorbency of the nappy. Majority of your stash is probably birth-to-potty with a few fitted nappies.
Cost: £400-£500
Savings: Can be substantial

‘Sposie User
Likely to be using ‘eco’ nappies which claim to bio-degrade faster than standard ‘sposies
Cost: £1200+
Savings: None

Cloth User
Has a vast majority of their nappy stash made from eco or sustainable materials – hemp & bamboo galore! or enjoys buying/selling pre-loved nappies and saving on pre-washes.
Cost: £200-£300 (on the basis of 50% stash ‘pre-loved’)
Savings: Can be substantial

Part-time Practitioner
Theres no ‘sposie – cloth split for this type of user as they juggle both nappy types. You might use cloth during the day and a ‘sposie at night or use ‘sposies out & about/childcare.

In ‘some’ ways your getting the best of both worlds but the savings aren’t as great as special offers can lead to purchasing too many ‘sposies of one size.
Cost: £800-£1200 (if 50% of time in ‘sposies’ and cost of cloth accounted for)
Savings: Negligible

Remember: This is for fun, I’m not intentionally aiming to offend anyone, nor has this article been based on any research other than my own experiences – Enjoy!


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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20 Responses

  1. Nuala says:

    Oh dear, that means I’m Hooked and Addicted after just 2 months in cloth, whoops!

  2. Lauren says:

    I’m probably the practical nappy user cloth version although I do have s light addiction too x

  3. Caroline says:

    I’m somewhere in between practical and addicted cloth user!…altho i’m speedily heading nearer and nearer towards completely addicted!!

  4. sarah says:

    hi im sarah and im hooked and addicted

    sounds like i should be at cloth nappies anonymous lol

  5. Kathryn says:

    If I was back at work it would def be addicited….

  6. Vicki says:

    Im a mixture between one brand wonder and practical nappy lover (cloth version of course!)

  7. Vicki says:

    Yep I am Hooked and Addictive. And I have two to buy for… Lots of nappies 😀

  8. Vicki says:

    haha sorry I meant addicted… Maybe I am addictive.. who knows?!

  9. Amanda M says:

    I really enjoyed your article Nicola! I must admit I am ‘hooked and addicted’ I love having different types of nappies, touching them, stroking them, playing them up, colour coding…. well maybe not quite that bad!

    I could quite easily be a one brand wonder too as my favourite nappy by far is the close parent bamboo popin. It’s the most reliable nappy in my HUGE stash!
    Mandy (mummy to twins Oliver and Sam)

  10. Claire says:

    Oh I’m a one brand wonder, totally love my choice and despite trying the odd one of other brands just can’t get on with them!

  11. Elaine says:

    I think I am a hooked and addicted, eco-lover, cloth nappy user! I have several different brands of cloth nappy. I bought one set new, and the rest are second hand bought from gumtree or NCT sales! I LOVE fluffy nappies!

  12. Jayleigh says:

    Well it’s official….I’m hooked and addicted!

  13. Michelle F says:

    Hooked and addicted! But with the resale value of cloth quite good, the savings are still there! Although looks like the personalised nappies with LO’s name are with me for keeps!

  14. Sara says:

    Ooh, I’m practical but I’ve fought the addiction hard…

  15. Nicola says:

    I’ve had to Fight the addiction hard too Sara, Though I do have a small collection of posh fluff. It’s 95% Practical!! Boring, Eh?

  16. Salla says:

    absolutely hooked & addicted clothe nappy user with some tendencies from the ‘practical nappy lover’ type as well 😀

  17. Rebecca says:

    between the practical and one brand, but possibly have the odd addictive time – or shiny new moment

  18. Katy says:

    Definitely Hooked and Addicted. In 3 weeks. Ooops.

  19. Laura says:

    Hooked and addicted cloth user! Definitely.

  20. Linzy says:

    I suppose I am just a practical cloth user even though i do have my cuties and a few i just “had to have” But overall I fit into practical (with my “hooked and addicted” moments)

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