I’m having a little worry. Not a panic (yet) just a worry. It’s that old chestnut money. Most worries and stresses and arguments seem to stem from money, and for me at the moment, it’s a constant source of stress.
In three months’ time I’ll be on the final countdown to maternity leave. I’m already part-time, so my maternity pay will be lower than it was when I was on mat leave with The Baby, yet there will be more to buy. The Boyfriend and I are already less than comfortable once all the payments for the house have gone out. Treats are a rarity these days, and even necessities have to be thought twice about. I’m spending my days and nights thinking of ways of bringing in extra cash and ways to lower all the bills. So far, Lottery Win seems like the most successful option.
Back in the real world, however, I need to start getting frugal. So firstly I’m turning my attention towards nappies. Before The Baby was born I knew I wouldn’t have the time/patience/inclination to deal with reusable nappies, but I didn’t want to mindlessly contibute to the mountains of rubbish in landfill sites either. Also I didn’t like the idea of my baby’s delicate skin being wrapped in chemicals and chlorine as I prefer a more natural approach, and so I chose Nature Babycare nappies which are chlorine free and biodegradable. I love their ethos of natural being best, trouble is, they cost £7 a pack, which I really don’t think will be manageable once Little Pea is on the scene. The Baby has shown no signs yet of being ready for potty training (she’s only 18 months, but I was kind of hoping it wouldn’t be long!), and I still don’t like the idea of cheap, nasty nappies. So that leaves reusables. I know all the blurb that goes along with real nappies nowadays – bright and pretty designs, liner cloths, velcro fastenings, etc etc. But I want to hear from all you real nappy using parents. I want to know the reality of it all.
How easy it is to deal with an explosive newborn nappy when you can’t wrap it up, stick it in a bag and chuck it in the bin? How much time is taken each day with washing, drying, folding, unfolding, and counting nappies? Have you reached a stage when you have run out due to bad planning, or a particularly explosive day or two? What happens then when it’s not a case of simply running to the shops for another pack? Is your life suddenly ruled by the washing machine and the constant checking that there are plenty of clean nappies on hand? And, the most obvious question, do they really save you money? In a real, noticeable, everyday sense?
These are the things I want to know before I try real nappies. Oh and one more thing – should I try them on The Baby first as ‘practice’ before being faced with the scarier prospect of the exploding mustard newborn nappy? Or is getting a real nappy on a toddler as easy as doing a Rubix cube with a blindfold on? All advice and opinions are welcome!
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