5 Things | Switching To Cloth Nappies: On A Budget

June 2019

Whenever I chat to people who'd love to use cloth nappies, the resounding negative reason is the initial cost of them and I have to admit, I was certainly put off by the price too. It is no secret that using cloth nappies from birth for just one child will save you a significant amount of money (and even more so if the nappies are used by siblings too) but with an RRP for just one nappy being in the region of £12-£20, it can be pretty hard to see that far ahead when there are so many other costs involved with having a baby.

So I thought I'd dedicate a whole post purely to the tips and tricks we have used so that we never once felt a pinch when choosing to cloth as it really can be done in all households, regardless of money available at the off-set.

Here's how to Switch to Cloth Nappies On A Budget:

1. Council Incentives
Before you do any buying at all, see if your local council offers any kind of starter deal. In Hertfordshire we are given the choice between an introductory kit which includes Totsbots and Close Pop-In Nappies or a refund of up to £50 on nappies you purchase yourself (with a simple form and the receipt). We bought our first 4 nappies knowing that they would end up costing us absolutely nothing so what was the harm in trying?

Click - here -  for a list of the kind of deals councils across the country have to offer but ours isn't fully correct so it's still worth checking your local area even if it's not mentioned here! If your local council doesn't offer anything at all, write to them and ask if they'll start one - you never know, they might do

2. Use a 2-Part System
When we started using cloth, I opted for All-In-One nappies, just because I thought these would be easier to get my head around -  I was overwhelmed by the insane amount of different boosters, inserts and liners I just wanted it all made up for me. Whilst All-In-One's certainly have their place in our stash (easy enough for anyone to use such a babysitting grandparents), it is undoubtedly much cheaper to build a stash of 2 part nappies such as Totsbots Peenut Covers and Pads as you don't have to buy as many. With an All-In-One, you have to change the whole nappy at every change whereas with these, you can just change the pad inside if it's not soaked all the way through.

So for 3 nappy changes, you could have 3 x £18 All-In-One nappies which is £54
you could have 1 wrap (£12) and 3 sets of pads (£8) which is £36

The other way in which 2-parters save you money is how much quicker they dry than All-In-Ones, again meaning you need considerably less as you don't need to factor in long drying times between washing and wearing and they can be through the wash and back on a botty in much less time.

A Peenut Wrap* and Peenut Pad - use the small, large or both together depending on how much absorbancy you need

The Peenut Pads popper together and popper into the front of the Peenut Wrap

Then just lay the pad flat within the wrap

A complete nappy made up ready for a small bottom to fill it - just put it on as you would a disposable

3. Start With Just One or Two
If you're unsure what will work for you, your family and most importantly your baby, just buy one or two to begin with and add to your collection as and when you are happy to be able to. Using cloth nappies is not an all or nothing situation and just using 1 cloth nappy a day saves 365 nappies a year going to landfill and that is a huge saving! Buying a large amount of nappies to start you off will come with a significant spend and could end up being a very costly mistake if you end up with a type that you just don't get on with. It took us a good few months to have enough nappies to cloth full time and much, much longer to get a stash large enough that meant I didn't have to do a wash every day.

4. Bundle Deals
Once you find a type of nappy that you really get on with, it's worth checking with the brand directly on a bundle deal as this will allow you to get your hands on a few at a lower cost than RRP. Totsbots do lots of packs here but we have also bought other brands bundles directly too.

5. Buy Secondhand / Sell On After Use
The cheapest and most environmentally-friendly way to start using cloth though is of course buying pre-loved. There are plenty of facebook groups where you can pick up second-hand nappies and local nappy libraries may have some available to purchase too.

If, for whatever reason, you would prefer to buy from brand new, cloth nappies hold their retail value really well and you'd be able to sell them on very easily to recoup some of the money originally spent or you can pass them onto friends, family or local nappy libraries if you wanted to pay it forward - definitely not a possibility with disposable nappies right?

And a little short term 6! Discount Code for Totsbots
To celebrate the launch of their new Elements prints, Totsbots are offering 10% off using the code 'EAW10' at the checkout so click here to start shopping

If you'd like to read more about Cloth Nappies you can see all of our previous posts here

We were kindly gifted 3 Totsbots Peenut Wraps and Pads to celebrate the launch of their new Elements prints (which you can purchase here) but as always, the idea for this particular post and the words and opinions are all very much my own. As Totsbots is the brand we used to start off our cloth journey, it is an honour to feature the new prints within this post as part of an on-going partnership with them.