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Cloth nappy obsessives - what do they do when their kids toilet train?

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Moomin8 Thu 14-May-20 12:28:50

I use cloth for my 5 month old baby. I love the pretty prints as much as the next person, I will admit but my main concern is finding something that suits my baby. If I can't get the print I wanted I just find something else.

However, at the beginning of lockdown I was invited to join a particular cloth nappy group on FB where there are people crying because they can't get a specific blueberry print nappy. Also, there are people selling nappies with slack elastics for £30+ because they are a limited edition print.

I think people get really whipped up with it all. There is no way I'd buy a nappy that someone else's kids have been pooping in for years for double the price that it was, new.

I guess it's like a hobby for some people.

What are they going to do when their kids potty train?

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TheLightSideOfTheMoon Thu 14-May-20 12:32:49

Wear then as bandanas?

bookgirl1982 Thu 14-May-20 12:33:28

Have another baby??

Corna Thu 14-May-20 12:34:32

Honestly from the obsessives I have seen, they just keep having babies.

LemonScentedStickyBat Thu 14-May-20 12:37:18

Same as with sling and pram people - another baby, go back to work, or just get over it

MissMooMoo Thu 14-May-20 12:41:35

I find it really bizarre too. I'm using my cloth nappies for my second baby atm and I don't even know which prints were or are "exclusive"

Moomin8 Thu 14-May-20 12:45:53

Yes I have noticed these people often seem to have a lot of children. Though I'm a fine one to talk really since my baby is number 4 (definitely my last though and really big gaps between mine).

What seems to be really popular is swapping nappies. I have seen people offering to swap their new nappy for someone's old nappy just because it has a pattern on they like confused

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Moomin8 Thu 14-May-20 12:46:30

@TheLightSideOfTheMoon 😂

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BertieBotts Thu 14-May-20 12:47:28

Become a cloth nappy consultant maybe. I got really interested in car seats and now I'm trying to get into the car seat industry!

june2007 Thu 14-May-20 12:50:03

Cloth nappy consultant. Or may move on as there children move on.

Colouringinbook Thu 14-May-20 12:52:30

More babies or home ed enthusiasts.

IvinghoeBeacon Thu 14-May-20 12:55:39

Sell them presumably, for some of them

Lots of people have enthusiasms at a particular point in their lives that they then move on from

Scruffyoak Thu 14-May-20 12:57:15

Cloth wipes
Cloth san pro

Wheresthebiffer2 Thu 14-May-20 12:57:33

clothes for the kid

Horehound Thu 14-May-20 13:00:12

I don't care at all about the prints! Because they are covered up most of the time. Disposables are white so who cares. It's a marketing ploy which people are suckered into.

I plan to sell mine on.
People crying over a nappy...that's pathetic and I guess they dont have much going on in their life if that's what they have to cry about

Moomin8 Thu 14-May-20 13:01:54

There was a lady the other day saying that she had 'accidentally' ended up spending £600 on nappies that week even though her husband has been furloughed and she's hoping he doesn't find out 😂

And they say cloth is supposed to save money. Not if you're spending £1k a month at least!

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Winterwoollies Thu 14-May-20 13:02:01

I’m having my first baby soon and this is a whole weird sub culture of parenting that has surprised me. I’m sure it’s harmless but I find it completely bonkers how obsessed people are. I’m using disposables so I’m not putting myself under a ton of pressure. I have said this to an enthusiast who was horrified I wouldn’t even consider starting on cloth BECAUSE OF THE PATTERNS.

Moomin8 Thu 14-May-20 13:03:49

Yes there was a lady saying that she's grieving about this particular print. I can honestly say that my child is way more interesting to me than her nappies.

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Wewearpinkonwednesdays Thu 14-May-20 13:05:27

😂😂 I can't believe people actually do this!

IvinghoeBeacon Thu 14-May-20 13:07:16

You get obsessive people in all groups

Bienentrinkwasser Thu 14-May-20 13:09:03

Keep having babies I reckon. I’m pregnant with number two. I’m excited to buy some new nappies the second time around but mostly because I know what worked and what didn’t so I know I can make our lives a bit easier in the early months.

To be fair I have a friend who doesn’t cloth but uses lots of home made clothes brands, buys lots of expensive toys, owns about a million peg dolls etc. And on weaning groups I was on on Facebook there are women obsessing over having the right bamboo plates and bibs.

We’re all trapped in a mindless cycle of consumerism and wankery, it just depends what you get into.

IndecentFeminist Thu 14-May-20 13:09:23

People collect and obsess about all sorts of things. Nappies are no different. Anything limited edition or hard to find can be worth more, regardless of what it is.

MitziK Thu 14-May-20 13:11:00

They were probably obsessive about Beanie Babies when they were at school.

Once they don't have to buy them anymore, I guess they'll find something else - like the 'must have' toys; I think wooden blocks in rainbow shapes are a particular fad. And then stuff like fancy clothes brands or must have overpriced shoes in every colour. After that, I guess it's buying a stupid expensive puppy and sticking that in ridiculous outfits.

I don't get it. I used terry nappies - fold them, pin them, stick a cover over them, take off, rinse, stick in the washing machine. They were great, but this nonsense? It takes something environmentally friendly (well, more so than Pampers) and turns it into a completely unfriendly consumer item.

june2007 Thu 14-May-20 13:11:55

You get the fancy ones, but I found a tery square was a great day nappy. But some people get obsessed with slings, some shoes, soe toys, each to their own. I was never an addict. But i was an advisor, seller, lender.

BabyLlamaZen Thu 14-May-20 13:11:57

How is it different to anything else? Sounds like they're a bit ridiculous, but being a mum can be pretty mindnumbing at times!
(I have reused cloth nappies that look clean - cheaper and obviously more environmentally friendly!)

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