One of the more bewildering areas of baby care is nappies: should you go for disposable or reusable ones, and which brands are best?
Cloth nappy set from Mothercare
What everyone agrees on is that babies need nappies… and LOTS of them. You can expect to change a newborn’s nappy up to 12 times a day (yes, that is every other hour!) So in a baby’s first week, one might get through as many as 84 nappies. Thinking ahead, I’m sure that going on a nappy run will be the last thing we’ll want to do during that time, so my plan is to stock up the “nappy cupboard”.
But what to fill it with?
So far, we have a box of Sainsbury’s Little Ones nappies and Pampers Newborns, both disposables, mainly because they were respectively free thanks to a voucher and cost pennies thanks to Asda’s baby event. I have no idea whether these are considered “good” nappies or not, but for the moment, that comprises the beginning of our stash!
We have heard through the grapevine that Lidl’s newborn disposable nappies are apparently excellent. Who knew? Even better, there is a Lidl just round the corner from us which might come in very handy indeed.
The general consensus is that disposables are best at the start as they are easier to get to grips with (literally).
Babycentre’s article “10 tips for newborn nappy changing” includes advice on disposables vs. reusables. Cloth nappies are ideal for the eco-conscious, but the increased high temperature washing might cancel out the reduced landfill. It’s a tricky one! Having worn cloth nappies myself (only as a baby, before you ask), I’ve always been keen to try these out, so at some point do intend to buy a few and see how we go. According to Babycentre, you only need a maximum of 36 cloth nappies to get by without having to wash them every day – think of the storage space that would free up as well! They are initially more expensive but this should eventually be cheaper than buying numerous packs of disposables.
As well as the nappies, there are many other items that are useful when changing a baby, such as wipes, cotton wool and various creams. There are things like nappy rash to worry about, and how to actually get rid of the damn things. Are nappy bins really worth it (aren’t they just bins but more expensive?)
And for those interested in what you might find inside a nappy, the Babycentre page includes a link to “Baby poo: a visual guide” that takes you through the many delightful sights to look forward to.
One question remains: how do you actually change a nappy? We might have to pay extra attention next time our baby nephew is taken to the changing mat. I normally avoid the entire area completely, or politely avert my eyes and try and think happy thoughts…