THREE BECOME FIVE: The benefits of cloth nappies

Angie Charnock, who is expecting twins. With her huband Neil and son Finley.
Angie Charnock, who is expecting twins. With her huband Neil and son Finley.
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Anyone who knows me well will know that I am a huge cloth nappy enthusiast.

It was my sister who began and fuelled my love of the fluff.

When she told me that she planned to use them on her now five-year-old, I thought she was insane but a year later when I had my son my passion began.

There are so many benefits to using cloth nappies and especially so with having multiple children.

Yes, they are not for everyone and you do have to put a bit of time and effort into them to begin with, but even my fairly dubious husband was won around quite quickly and he became a dab hand at using them.

My son has been out of nappies for 18 months so my lovely nappies have been stored sadly away.

Finding out that we are expecting twins and especially girls has allowed me to fish them out and start buying more (not that I really need more but my excuse is that I now need more girly patterns and colours!) 

Modern cloth nappies are not what many of the unconvinced think they are.

There are so many different types out there to suit every budget and baby and generally they are no different to use than a disposable nappy. Just a bit of washing to do!

They also come in a multitude of colours and patterns so are so much more attractive than a disposable. 

Apart from fashion, there is also an ethical side to it.

The vast amount of disposables each baby will get through just adds to the landfill situation across the world.

I dread to think just how many disposable nappies I would need for twins and my wheelie bin would be stuffed full at all times.

The chemicals used in disposables to ­enable them to hold so much moisture are not something I want next to my baby’s skin.

My son never had nappy rash and I believe it was down to his cloth nappies. 

They can also save you a lot of money. There is an initial outlay but then once you’ve got your ‘stash’ they can be used over and over again on multiple children.

Many brands hold their ­value very well and the second hand market is huge.

intend to sell my entire stash on after my babies are fully potty trained and will hopefully get most of my investment back.

Another reason why I managed to win my husband over with cloth nappies!

To read more on Angie’s column, visit: www.threebecomefive.co.uk