I knew we were going to use cloth. MCN (Modern Cloth Nappies) allllll the way. There is nothing cuter than a minky MCN, and given that this was baby no.1 being expected, I had time to lie on the couch and read about pockets, PUL, liners and wash routines. One of the BEST things I read was to use disposables in the early weeks – meconium and cluster feeding coupled with new-parent-exhastion and round the clock feeding aren’t really conducive to mach more than staying alive. Anyway…
Home-made all-in ones. Pretty, but took WAY too long to dry.
WAHM newborn size with minky outer and snaps. REALLY cute, but… newborn.
Sunbaby OSFM (One size fits most) with charcoal/microfibre inserts. Great option, if you don’t mind stuffing diapers and having a degree in how to do up the snaps to ensure a good fit.
Peapods with bamboo inserts… lovely, but time-consuming.
Bamboo, microfibre, terry flats, soakers… OSFM, fitters, gussets, stuffing and folding and snapping… and somewhere in some remote corner of the universe I fell across the term EC (elimination communication). Some people did it part time, some people did it full time. The consensus seemed that MCN was more EC friendly than disposables – easier to chip off in a hurry, baby can feel that they’re wet, etcetera and so forth.
Then, fossicking through the baby corer of an op shop in search of onesies, I fell across a potty. Not just any potty. THE Baby Bjorn potty with an actual BACK on it and a lift-out bowl. It was a sign. (I’m not saying the heavens parted, but I bought the thing for the princely price of $4 and tucked it away, thinking “Well, I guess we could always give it a try…”) I wasn’t sure if I was completely mad or if the whole “Baby will TELL you when they need to go” actually had some merit.
Turns out the idea DID have merit. It was even kind of fun.
In the meantime, I had a GREAT time buying a selection of cloth nappies – ebay, a few sales, some mcn Facebook groups – and some clever things, like splitting an order of Sunbaby cheapie pocket OSFM and a HEAP of bamboo liners with a friend direct from Aibaba.com. There are a LOT of ways to trial cloth at not much cost if you know where to look
… and then she was born. And everything went out the window.