With our two older children, we used disposable nappies; however, this time around, I wanted to give reusable ones a go. Primarily because we’re more organic now. But also, there is so much focus on the environment and the benefits of eco-friendly choices we can make.
They all add up.
What was the goal? To convince me it was worthwhile! All those disgusting pants I would have to deal with, instead of merely throwing them into the bin.
Despite my disgust, we need to be realistic. We need to start focussing on our world. Our planet. The future of our children. Make changes now. And we, as parents, can start that now by making better choices.
Wonderoo’s are manufactured by a company called Earthwise, an organic, eco-friendly company. The V3 Wonderoo nappies come in a vast array of colours and designs and what makes them even more perfect is the fact that one single nappy is suitable for a newborn all the way through to toddlers. You can check out the product info here
There are a plethora of reusable nappies out there, and I’ve tried a few, Frugi at £8.50* a nappy; they were utterly useless.
I then moved onto Bambino at £12* – bearly waterproof. My friend uses this brand for her girls, but for my boy, it was a total no-go as it always leaked.
The Wonderoo’s, however, have a fabulous little insert that you can pop inside for extra absorbency and we had not one single leak occur throughout our time in using these with a 4-month-old. The fabric quality is outstanding, and the adjustments are tight enough to hold securely in place.
£14.50* for one nappy seems quite steep bearing in mind that I would probably need 10 a day based on how often I currently change Austyn. I also wouldn’t want to do washing ALL the time. Therefore, I would probably get 20 to be safe, so that is a £290 investment rather than £10 a week for a pack of disposable nappies.
However having actually done the math, using reusable nappies does work out cost-effective because I would have spent £290 by the time my little one is just 7 months old and the reusable nappies are suitable until age 3 ½ judging by the weight. Therefore, by the time Austyn is 3 ½, I would have spent £1820 just on nappies! By switching to Wonderoos I would save a whopping £1530 – that’s a family break away!!! Fantastic.
Now onto the part I was dreading. Washing. Ugh. I wash all clothing regularly and this particular item, due to it being in the “elements” a lot of the time, is obviously going to need regular washing. I wash everything at 40 degree’s, and I found that unless I put the nappies in soak immediately, there would be a bit of staining. This made it difficult when out and about however, I understand that it is possible to purchase special detergent which may make a difference. Overall I found these nappies really very easy to use. Of course, it took a while to get into the routine of soaking and regular washing to ensure I had enough nappies washed and dried for the following day, but once I got into the habit, it became far less stressful and not once has Austyn had any sort of nappy rash. Even now, age 2, I am still using these and they are great because he can feel when he is wet and has started to tell me, so even up until the potty training transition change, these are still perfect.
One of the most surprising things is what good value for money they are. Once you work out your expenditure on disposable nappies – even when you add up the washing of reusable – you are still saving a lot of money AND you’re saving the planet!
*Price at time of writing review