Tonight I have been sat in the living room after I have got the baby to sleep and after everyone else in the house has gone to bed, Even though I know that I need to be up early tomorrow to take my car for an MOT and service. I have been sat up without the TV or radio on, just listening to the monitor and sorting out nappies, and Thinking.
Yes I am one of those mums, the ones who use CLOTH nappies, I also use a sling (I have 2 slings as well as 2 prams) so I must be an attachment parent. Im not an attachment parent or at least I don’t consider myself one, I am just a mother who uses what I feel is the best for my family, a sling is convenient just like using cloth nappies is.
Well I try to use cloth nappies at least, I try to keep on top of washing and sorting them all out. After being lucky enough to be sent a huge pile to try I might as well use them. They are better for the environment, better for my pocket, and in a household with 5 adults, 1 baby and 2 dogs where our rubbish bin collection is every TWO weeks and we only have one bin it can mean no overflowing rubbish after only a few days.
I am very lucky, I always wanted to try cloth nappies, not only was it completely daunting looking at all the different types of nappies and accessories, all in ones (AIO), pockets, two part systems, fleece liners, disposable liners or no liners at all. The initial outlay in cost that we would have needed to spend meant that It wasn’t likely that we would have been able to go over to cloth full-time if it wasnt for the very lovely people at the Nursery trader selecting me for testing reusables (you can read my review here), we would still be using disposables and wouldn’t know the ease and variety of cloth nappies.
When you say cloth nappies to people they still picture terry nappies and safety pins like this,
But cloth nappies have come a long way, they now have poppers or velcro fastenings, no more safety pins, and come in so many patterns and colours you can’t help but want them all. They really are as easy as using disposables, just with a little bit of machine washing thrown in, and how hard is it to put a load of washing in the machine and switch it on?
I have spent some of this evening on a local facebook page set-up to allow parents in Liverpool the chance to save money. They say it themselves.
“We are here to help people lend, borrow, swap and donate pre-loved baby items to other members of **********. We are not a buying and selling group.” (I have taken out the name as it is a closed group)
They are there to allow people to share, not only items but also information and knowledge. To allow people who need things to take and those who have to give. We have had a lovely discussion about cloth nappies this evening and are all disappointed with Liverpool’s lack of an established Cloth nappy library, although one lovely mama is trying to set one up, I have offered to loan out some of my nappies for other mummies to try. It will help them to work out what works for them without them having to buy them.
I cannot believe in a city as big as Liverpool with 2 football teams, 2 cathedrals, an airport, major rail and road networks, which comes 5th in the List of most populous built-up areas in England and Wales, doesn’t have a nappy library or even an Incentive scheme to encourage parents to try cloth nappies. There is no funding in Liverpool for parents looking to try cloth nappies or a way to try them without a huge outlay in money, which as a parent is hard since as every parent knows its expensive to raise a child.
While I was looking up information about it I saw that at one time Liverpool did have a nappy incentive scheme at one time,
Liverpool City County Council
Liverpool city council offers a cashback claim of up to £50 from the authority or a month’s trial with a laundry service. If you are interested in any of the above incentives, please contact Liverpool City Council on 233 3001 or look at Liverpool City Council website. (taken from http://www.babykind.co.uk/incentiveschemes.htm)
If you click on the link it is dead and googling come up with nothing, A friend of mine called the number provided and they were told it was no longer running. I wonder why not, There is obviously a need for it, if only to save the waste that goes into landfill. I would think that Liverpool would jump at the chance to reduce its waste going to landfill, especially since they are pushing the recycling bins and reducing rubbish collections to fortnightly.
I would love for Liverpool City Council to help set up a local nappy library to help parents learn the joy and ease of cloth nappies, and help us as a city to cut the waste that disposable nappies causes. It is estimated that each child in disposable nappies adds 1 tonne to landfill each year, and in a country that is having a “Baby boom” wouldn’t it make sense to invest in a reusable product and a place that helps more parents to learn?
If you are a liverpool parent and want to learn more about cloth nappies please join Liverpool cloth nappies on facebook, If you already use cloth and are willing to donate some to help start and grow the Liverpool cloth nappy library please get in contact.