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How Many Cloth Nappies Do I Need?

When you first start looking into using cloth nappies, it can feel a little overwhelming but one of the most common questions that comes up is how many will I need?

How Many Cloth Nappies?

There are a few factors that will alter this which I will go into in this post but a quick answer (because you are a busy parent googling for info) is around 20-25 if you are planning on using cloth nappies full time.

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Coping With Reusable Nappy Leaks

Reusable nappy leaks⁣? Ok, so they DO happen. Yes, cloth is better than disposables for this and yep you won’t experience a poonami with them BUT they are not magic and I really do believe that some people think that they shouldn’t ever get a leak from reusables and once they do, it gets blown out of proportion. My first child wore disposables and if I spent all my time posting into groups every time he had a nappy leak, that would be all I’d spend my time doing! Honestly, we had nighttime leaks, we had day out leaks, we had pressure leaks and we had far too many poo explosions for my liking.⁣ ⁣

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Popper or Velcro Cloth Nappies?

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Affordable Ways To Get You Started With Cloth Nappies

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