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I am currently pregnant with my second child and am considering using modern cloth nappies. Any suggestions on which brand to use? And any pros and cons compared to disposables? Thanks for your help!


Posted by steadytk, 2nd January 2014


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  • Cloth requires a bigger upfront investment but can be cheaper in the long run. I chose cloth for environmental reasons. Disposables take between 200 to 500 years to decompose…every nappy ever used is still out there. Personally I did not want to contribute to that. Also, cloth is just so cute!


  • I used cloth nappies. Disposables are most definitely easier, not so good on the environment and are pretty affordable these days. I only used disposables when we were out and about. If I were to have a baby now, I think I would choose disposable


  • I use modern cloth nappies most of the time, and use disposable for some nights and when on long outings. Cloth saves heaps of money, and there are some beautiful patterns and pictures out there. The ones I have are resizeable, so they’ve been used from newborn through to 2 1/2 years, and still more room to go. A few of mine are not as waterproof as they were, but I’ve marked them and use them exclusively for daytime. Mine were around $6-$10 each, although my sister in law has paid much more for ones embroidered with Lion King and Dinosaurs and all sorts of fancy things – she doesn’t use shorts when he’s wearing the fancy ones.


  • The absorbant section of the modern nappies dry a lot faster than the other part so you will need a lot more of them. The stains are hard to get off. My niece used them for awhile, found they leaked out the sides and swapped to disposable ones. They are not cheap but they may be better in the cold wet weather. I depends whether or not your baby gets nappy rash. Our latest addition gets it worse with some brands than others. We found the best product for him is Sudocrem. You can buy it in two different size plastic containers or in tubes. We initially bought it in a Pharmacy, but you can buy it in some supermarkets cheaper -same containers.


  • i used a mix finding disposables convenient when we went out for long periods and for overnight


  • I used cloth for my son for the first couple of months back 19 years ago and it is so much extra work. I had a sample of brought nappies and tried it and never looked back. My second child wore only brought nappies. they are good if you like more washing.


  • I just use disposables. Tried with the cloth one and just didn’t have time to wash and dry asking with everything else that needed washing!


  • I used cloth nappies for my first child but the 2nd, 3rd and 4th I used disposables as I think you just don’t get the time to wash and dry them the more children you have and just ease of a disposal nappy is easier.


  • I forgot to say I use the Pocket ones, less hassle.


  • I use mainly disposables now but I did use my modern cloth nappies for ages. They save heaps of money and are just as easy as disposables. Do your homework, I got mine for about $6 each from china and they are great. I think they are called Sunbaby. My ‘baby’ is now 24 months and I still use the same ones on him because the size is adjustable. They are good when the budget is tight. Have saved me heaps. I’ll get some more when I have another baby.


  • there are some good comments here


  • i like the coles brand nappies and i like how you can just get rid of them without dealing with the poo and wee and when out and about, keeping the cloth ones would just be messy


  • I found Huggies my son leak, Baby love was good, Aldi is great, it’s cheap. The only suggestion is that I was told not to use them as newborn. I didn’t really want to the whole cloth thing.


  • We use cloth, we have a mixture of prefolds (cotton and terry towelling) as well as pocket nappies. I like the Bumgenius flip nappy covers with my prefolds and i use pixie poppits for pocket nappies. We also have some cheaper ebay ones that i use daily as well, they are the rainbow BB brand. We wash them every two days and do not soak them. I wash them in purity washing liquid or with soap nuts.


  • We found huggies best, as our son got older cloth nappies didn’ t do the trick, he needed heavier absorbancy.


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