Our Disposable to Cloth Nappy Journey

For a few weeks now I’ve been umming & aahing at the idea of changing Miss Belle from disposables & into cloth. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, let me tell you. As with 2 other children at home {My boys live with their Dad} I was concerned about how much extra work using cloth nappies would add on to my already busy day. 

Before diving into going from disposable to a cloth nappy I decided to do a little research, and I’ll be honest, I just got more confused! Pocket nappies, wraps, liners it was all becoming a very daunting prospect. I could see the idea of changing from disposables to cloth becoming more and more unlikely. 

But the idea kept coming back to niggle at me…

So eventually I caved. I went onto Baba+Boo and bought 1 pocket cloth nappy, and this arrived just this morning. So I’m calling this Day#1 of our journey!


I was rather overwhelmed by the sheer amount of snaps on the nappy itself but I could see why they were there. I thought it was very handy not having to worry about what sizes to buy because technically one nappy fits all sorts of sizes. 

Initially, I really liked how soft the inside of the nappy itself was {we also got 2 micro-fleece liners with the nappy – very handy} and once I put the liner inside the little snugly pocket it was ready to go onto the wee woman!

So following the instructions on the packet and with a few giggles from Miss Belle as I attempted to put her into her first ever cloth nappy…I did it! She was all snapped up and I have to admit, looked very cute!

I think by the photo you can see was very happy with her brand new, fluffy bum!
The instructions say that they’ll require changing every 2-3hrs {although some babies may widdle/poo more than other babies} – however in Miss Belles case as soon as that 3hr mark was hit, I could feel a bit of wetness {It wasn’t a leak as such…just a full liner}. We were out at the park at the time, so off home, we went. Once we got home we got her changed {with a wee roll around nappy less for a while}. Popped in her fresh second micro-fleece liner, snapped her back in and she’s currently all comfy and happy again. 
So all in all the first day has gone pretty well. I’m a bit annoyed that I didn’t buy more than the one nappy as I really don’t like the idea of putting her in a disposable! But hey ho! We have about a months supply left of disposables to use up, which gives me  a few weeks to buy some more pockets and liners! I fear these may become a bit of an addiction…like handbags or shoes! So many adorable designs to choose from! 
Let’s hope our disposable to cloth journey continues to be smooth sailing…



  1. 03/07/2013 / 3:44 PM

    Aww you are very brave! I chickened out of cloth and went with disposable – good luck! xx

    • Deborah Patrick
      03/07/2013 / 3:48 PM

      Well, we’re only on day#1! We’ll see how it goes 🙂 Thanks though xx

  2. Vicky Charles
    03/07/2013 / 3:46 PM

    I was very lucky when S was a few months old; someone gave me an entire set of Little Lambs. They were amazing.
    Also the nappies I used were so much better for the whole poonami situation – they contained it within the nappy so no change of clothes was required!
    Not sure if it’s applicable with yours, but with ours I used disposable paper liners too, so that if there was poo, it could be removed and flushed straight away. So much easier than having it hang about in a disposable in the bin!

    • Deborah Patrick
      03/07/2013 / 3:50 PM

      An entire set! Wow, you were lucky! They can be a little pricey, but atm I’m looking into materials to try and make my own. So, could I use paper liners with the pocket nappies? As this one has a wee micro-fleece in the pocket. {Still all very new to me!}.

  3. Bismah Abdelgawad
    04/07/2013 / 12:36 PM

    I started using cloth on our baby when he was 3 months. Though cloth is a little costly we only have to buy it once unlike disposables where you only get one use and then trash it. I also use pockets. I am using the fleece liners in the diapers. These are reusable, soak up the urine, and the poo comes off very easy when rinsed.
    Wishing you all the best!!!

  4. 09/07/2013 / 3:49 AM

    I’ve used honest diapers with both my boys and they’re wonderful, no leaks, last through the night and they love the designs.

  5. 11/07/2013 / 7:08 AM

    Good luck with your cloth nappy journey – looking forward to hearing more about it!

  6. 13/11/2013 / 12:27 PM

    You have a full journey to cloth…you’re amazing, I’m sat here searching your blog because I am rubbish at this and have POOP everywhere, TMI.

    I’ll persevere, super mummy you! xxx

    • Deborah Patrick
      13/11/2013 / 12:30 PM

      Kerry, we were terrified of using cloth. Thinking its going to be ten times more work for us to not only change her nappy but then there’s the cleaning or them, drying etc etc. But its really not as hard as you think! If you need any tips/advice just msg me! Happy to help! xx

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