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AIBU to ask how I curtail my reusable nappy addition?

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EmbarrassingMama · 19/12/2019 15:57

My LO has been in cloth for a year, and all that’s happened is I’ve developed some sort of insatiable appetite for buying new (to me, but often second hand) cloth nappies in ever more adorable prints. I now have a stash of cloth that is more than enough to meet our needs, yet I still spend hours scouring the internet looking at the next adorable print or stuffing option.

I decided that this month I absolutely, definitely would not buy any more nappies, but I’ve just seen one I adore (Baba and Boo Camping, if you’re wondering) and ordered it as a pay day treat.

Talk to me about this phenomenon. How does one stop?!

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MrsEnglishh · 19/12/2019 16:03

They are addictive, but I just reigned myself in. In a few months, you'll regret buying more than you needed.


Howyiz · 19/12/2019 16:04

Eh.... Just stop? Or are we all supposed to think you're amazing for using cloth nappies and envious of your branded ones? And I know it's supposed to be 'lighthearted', but really! Confused


MoreSexPleaseImBritish · 19/12/2019 16:06

Surely the main point in re-usable is the environmental benefit- If you are buying something that you don't need that negates the environmental benefit.


EmbarrassingMama · 19/12/2019 16:07

Oh crikey, there's always one.

No, I'm not trying to position myself as some environmental wonder. If it makes you feel better, I buy wet wipes and lob them into the sea.

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coffeeaddiction · 19/12/2019 16:10

I get it , I really do but you have to remember that they are only used for collecting poo ! That's what I tell myself any time I see one I fancy .
Also apart from the environmental Advantages it also is a saving money advantage so if you keep buying then you'll be losing out on both


FlibbertyGiblets · 19/12/2019 16:12

New nappy as payday treat. Oh OP you've made my day you loon.

Each time you are tempted, stick the ££ in a coffee tin then blow it all on Christmas presents next year.


JohnLapsleyParlabane · 19/12/2019 16:14

Volunteer at your local nappy Library, and if you don't have one, start one!


EmbarrassingMama · 19/12/2019 16:18

Haha! It’s true! Totally. Anyway, that really is the last one and I really the like idea of the Xmas fund box. That’s super.

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EmbarrassingMama · 19/12/2019 16:20

@JohnLapsleyParlabane I think that might be the answer.

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EastDulwichWife · 20/12/2019 00:00

Yes! I know exactly what you mean. I have around 35 nappies now and I’m always tempted by more. Even though we swap and sell old ones, we’re always updating our stash!!


Wheresthebiffer2 · 20/12/2019 00:03

i totally get it. the designs are so adorable. I was the same, but eventually managed to move myself on to looking at clothes instead. It's not the end of the world to buy too many, as you can always sell them later.


Siameasy · 20/12/2019 02:37

Turn your addiction towards cloth san pro!
I got really addicted to the nappies. We had far too many. When I went back to work I struggled using them full time. I think it’s like a crush and will die down. Could you sell some that don’t work as well for you?


nowaypose · 20/12/2019 04:46

Did you see the article about the woman who genuinely had a crazy addiction and owned over 100 nappies? It was in the BBC a few months ago, she admitted to spending more than retail price for limited edition prints on eBay.

I understand, I’m on my fourth DC in cloth now and there are way more cute prints than when I first started using them. Try deleting whatever outlet you use to buy the second hand ones and stash the money away in a pot instead.


user1471539385 · 20/12/2019 05:27

Operate a ‘one in, one out’ policy... each time you buy a nappy, sell one on eBay.


MrOnionsBumperRoller · 20/12/2019 06:55

Your DC would much prefer he money in his/her ISA for future use...


Cookit · 20/12/2019 06:58

I use cloth but I just don’t “get” the pattern thing. Can anyone explain it?
They’re under clothes so you see them for a few minutes. They get weed and pooed on. My children have clothes with just as nice designs on that I actually can look at. I honestly don’t get it?


EmbarrassingMama · 20/12/2019 07:15

I flogged a load that weren’t working for us (Velcro and LO was able to undo them himself at about 15 months). So then we moved to poppers and did successfully manage sell / swap all our originals over.
100 nappies!? But...why!!? I thought 18 was ample...! Thank the lord you can sell them on, eh!

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