A bum in cloth.


cute, soft and enviro-happy… Bo in one of her 2nd hand Itti Bitti’s

I never thought that I would be spending time seriously considering the pros and cons of different nappies, nor did I think I would spend time writing about them. But here we are, and here I am… writing. I have a confession to make. I have an unhealthy love of cloth nappies. I’ll admit it. Even from here in Indo I find myself using my slow internet connection to browse second hand (I try not to buy new, but that’s a story for another time) nappy sites and look at the beautiful cloths and dream about Bo’s little toddler bum running around in cloth. I don’t purchase, I just look, and dream.

I don’t purchase because Bo has enough cloth. We have thirty something nappies in a big red plastic bin in her corner of our house. 90% of these nappies were gifted to us and the others were bought second hand. We love our cloth.

When in Australia we used disposables most of the time… with a brand new first-time-mama baby, a husband overseas and packing for a move… we had enough on our plates, so I “learned” cloth slowly. Once we arrived here in Indo we went cloth, and we are using the last of our disposables just for night time sleeps (they last a super long time when you are only using 1 or 2 a day!).

I read a lot about cloth diapering before we started the cloth adventure. I joined MCN (Modern Cloth Nappy) forums and found out how to wash, care for and use cloth diapers of all makes and models – and you may find it hard to imagine, but there are a few.

We have our favourites. We love Itti Bittis and Designer Bums… but the China Cheapies we have are really just as reliable and Bo couldn’t care less which one we put on her. My husband loves them, I love them, they don’t leak, they don’t smell, they look cute and they are super easy to use and to wash.

Good for our pocket. Good for our environment. Good for Bo’s bum. And now we have our semi-automatic (yes that means it’s part manual) washing machine and we don’t have to handwash… there is no reason not to go green and use cloth.

When nappies are $40 a box in stores… it’s definitely something worth considering when thinking about your babies bottom.



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  • May 29, 2012 - 7:27 am

    Joelle - I love Itti Bitti’s. I actually really loved looking at the colours on the line after washing them! Both girls were Itti Bitti wearers (after trials with several other brands) and it was fun when we got some moo cow prints or some strawberry prints or some stripes! I love Cloth!ReplyCancel

    • May 29, 2012 - 2:56 pm

      travelbarefoot - Aaah!! They are so good! We only have 4 itti bittis, and they are in seriously high rotation cos they just fit so well. I’m keeping my eye out for the next size up now… she’s growing like a weed!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 7:44 am

    Sarah - MCNs are the best sort of nappy ever!
    Who can resist a little bum covered in fluffy cloth??


  • May 29, 2012 - 8:17 am

    Ecky - I stumbled upon one Indonesian blog who sell cloth diaper, I have to remember the website name and will share it with you, it migh be cheaper than Oz websiteReplyCancel

    • May 29, 2012 - 2:56 pm

      travelbarefoot - Oh Yeah? It’d be great to know somewhere locally (even if locally means Jakarta) where they are stocking them! x Thanks Ecky!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    Karyn - Great article! I have just shared on our itti bitti NZ FB page 🙂ReplyCancel

    • May 31, 2012 - 11:14 pm

      travelbarefoot - Thanks Karyn!! We love our itti bitti’s – saving our pennies for the next size up!!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    Jen - Hi! Can you share the link to the Modern Cloth Nappy forums you mentioned about how to care for nappies? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • June 4, 2012 - 10:42 pm

      travelbarefoot - Hey Jen, I mostly use an Australian facebook group – it’s a group of mamas who all use cloth and there is some great tips/tricks and advice there plus some documents with really clear step-by-step instructions – not sure where in the world you are, but the link to the group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/111036418987726/ alternatively I find that most of the big MCN stockists have good information on Nappy care…
      Any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – us mama’s have to help each other out! xoReplyCancel

      • June 7, 2012 - 4:46 am

        Jen - Thank you! Super helpful! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • October 10, 2012 - 7:43 am

    » The great cloth debate. Inked in Colour - […] fans. I don’t write about it much, in fact I think we’ve only really written about it once or twice in the past seven months. I don’t write about it much because I really don’t […]ReplyCancel

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