1. Have sufficient nappies-It will rain on washing day, they will get gastro and soil everything you own in an afternoon, you will be sick/tired/busy and not do the washing when you should. That is life. And that is when those extras you bought will be a lifesaver. Nothing fancy is required-a few packets of terry flats are cheap and dry quickly, and if they’re only back-up you won’t get sick of folding (try the Jo fold). Or buy more modern cloth if you have the $$$$, and know that a lower rotation means you’ve a better chance of reselling them at the end.
2. Buy a versatile stash- A whole pile of AIOs is great for ease, but not so great for changing circumstances. A bit of everything helps-that way if your child, for example, goes through a heavy wetting stage you have the extra boosters to cover it. Likewise, with lots of bits and pieces you can throw together a night nappy, even when they’ve decided to poo in their regular night nappy ten minutes after bedtime.
4. Ignore the naysayers-Lots of people will tell you you can’t do it. I’m not sure why, except that maybe they didn’t want to and prefer to write off lack of effort to an impossible task. Being threatened by your cloth nappy use does seem to be quite common, unfortunately. I firmly believe that you’re doing the right thing for you child and the environment by using cloth, and you must too to be considering it-so don’t pay any attention to the negative folk.
And the last one…………
5. Don’t buy disposables! If they’re not in your cupboard, you can’t use them. But with all of your preparation, you won’t need them.