Welcome back to our Cloth Parent Q&A series. We will be featuring "regular" (for lack of better word!) cloth moms & dads to share their cloth journeys with us and tell us a little bit about themselves.
Andre & Sherayne George say they struggle with sticking to their goal of staying frugal with all the pretty cloth nappy prints available - hands up who can relate? They have a cloth nappy business, Fluff Bums and say that cloth has easily slotted into their every day life.
Read on to get to know them a bit better.
Q: How long have you been using cloth nappies?
A: 2 years
Q: How/where/when did you first hear about cloth nappies?
A: From a friend living in the US.
Q: Why did you decide to use cloth nappies?
A: The idea of not having to spend R500-R1000 p/m on disposables was what sold me on the idea. Then the prints and the WAHMs got to us!
Q: What was the most surprising thing about using cloth nappies?
A: It was surprising how easy cloth was to deal, how it's just become a part of every day life for us. It's not this "thing" that MUST be done and takes you away from real life.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about cloth nappies for you? And how did/do you overcome it?
A: Most challenging for me is remaining frugal while still enjoying what has become my hobby, collecting nappies in really awesome prints. Most challenging is not being able to buy all the diapers all of the time!
Q: Your advice to anyone just starting out or considering cloth nappies:
A: Start small, with a variety of styles. Get to know what you like and what you don't like. Experiment to see what works for your baby and what doesn't.
Go with what fits into your routine, your lifestyle, your budget.
Realise that disposables are not the enemy, and in some days/situations using them for a short time might just mean maintaining your sanity.
Don't be tempted to keep them around for too long though.
Get involved in the community. Ask questions until you're able to answer questions. Learn from the experienced moms and dads.
But more importantly, MOST importantly, MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE WAHMS, and always, always wear sunscreen.