We currently have 3 children in cloth nappies – but hopefully once Summer comes into full swing, our twin boys will be up for the challenge of potty training.
Sure, we use cloth nappies on all the kids – it saves us a fortune, but I gotta admit it: we use disposables at night. I’m not ashamed… I want my full night’s sleep! We did do full-time cloth nappies with our eldest boy – worked out great. Yes, we got the very occasional leakage but it was nothing detrimental. Baby got changed (whinged a bit) but when clean & dry, he got back to sleep.
When the twins arrived, and they finally started sleeping through the night, I have to admit the thought of having to get up in the middle of the night and change a sopping cloth nappy & wet clothes off a wailing baby, who’d no doubt wake up his other brother (who was also a baby)…made me cringe. Yeah night leaks don’t happen that often, but there was no way in hell I was gonna chance it. It was then that I threw in the towel on night time cloth nappies, to have dry babies at night, and a nice bed for me to cosy into for at least 8 straight hours.
I’m not scared of night-time cloth nappies – I just want to make the most of my own night sleep.
Screaming Looking after 4 small kids during the daytime is tiring enough without having the impact of *possible* night-time wakings to compound it.
If you choose to use cloth nappies on your children – don’t feel guilty if you don’t go full-time. We all operate family life at different paces & situations, and you just need to make things fit. Switching to cloth nappies part-time can make such a positive difference to your household budget – if & when you’re ready to try night cloth diapers, go for it.
For the time-being, if I need to get up in the middle of the night for one of the children, I know I’ll rock a dry clothes baby to sleep