No longer are cloth nappies about origami for beginners or the preserve of eco warriors! Liz Scambler, mum of three and a passionate recycler, says the gap between disposable nappies and cloth nappies is closing.
If I may be so bold as to start with a simple question, but one which ventures into the personal? How many of you lovely ladies would opt to wear a pair of nylon navy blue gym knickers when the alternative is a lacy little number to die for?!
This could well be the future dilemma of mums when confronted with the tough decision on what to swaddle their little darlings nether regions in. Gone are the days when choosing a nappy meant which of the disposable brands should it be? These days more and more mums have cottoned on to the fact that the latest cloth nappies are not just good at their job but are good to look at too.
Sure we’ve all heard of the many and varied reasons that our babies should be wearing re-usable nappies, whether we’re saving the earth or saving a fortune, the facts are quite compelling. But how about a completely different take on things? How about we do it because we want to? We do it because the ability to produce and care for a new baby hasn’t rendered our brains totally useless and we are perfectly capable of making decisions based on choice. We do it for many reasons but maybe, just maybe, we do it because little Mattie looks simply stunning in his tiger striped nappy – or maybe it’s just that his sister Phoebe simply had to have the little cerise number in this seasons latest seersucker fabric? Yes, the good news is that cloth nappies have finally arrived – no longer the preserve of eco warriors or local councils waste minimisation officers.
Look out for the latest and greatest coming out of the closet and onto the High Street. No longer will trying to buy cloth nappies be like trying to buy sex, that is, done either on the internet or in someone’s sitting room behind closed curtains (and yes, that is a real quote from a real mum, who by the way was mightily relieved to discover the lady she bought her nappies from was ‘normal’). After years of slogging it out in village halls and email chat rooms watch out for cloth nappies at the major Baby Shows and exhibitions!
New mums (and dads) are delighted that a product that let’s face it, simply has to be functional, can also be a total delight to behold. With the choice out there ranging from rainbow striped, tiger striped, jungle, tartan, animals, cars, stars, spots, frogs, dogs, rabbits, fish or flowers, to name but only a few it’s never been a better time to be a cloth nappy babe!
Watch out during Real Nappy Week for evidence of this fastest growing phenomenon! Real Nappy Week highlights the positive environmental impact of cloth nappies and there will be displays in many areas giving parents an opportunity to see for themselves how far cloth nappies have come in a very short space of time. Forget altogether the notion of origami for beginners and nappy pins and think fashionable, funky and easier than ever to use!