Confessions of a part-time cloth bum mum

Let’s talk nappies. Did you know that it can take up to 500 years for disposable nappies to decompose… say what!! Did you know that one baby will use on average 3,800 disposable nappies PER YEAR, and if it takes you 3 years or more to potty train AND you have more than one kid, holy moly, we’re talking A LOT of nappies that will still be on this planet long after you are not.

disposable nappies are bad

The problem is disposable nappies have made life easy, so much easier I’m sure we can all agree. Now I’m a realist but I also suffer from Global Warming guilt and am always looking for ways to “help the planet”. Unable to completely let go of disposable nappies, I have found a happy compromise, I use cloth nappies part time. Yep, that’s right. When I’m at home my babies are free to roam in their bright and colourful cloths, or if I’m just popping out quickly or visiting friends, I’m coolio with using clothes. Disposables are still my go to for night time (because I like to reduce all chances of night waking if I can) and if we’re going for longer car journey’s, but there are plenty of mums who are extra committed and use them 100% of the time (I applaud you). 

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By using cloths when I can, I’m saving at least $20 a week or over $1,000 per annum. So not only am I saving a few extra dollars but I’m reducing my Global Warming guilt too. Another good thing about cloth nappies is you only have to buy them once! I’m using my daughter’s cloths for my son (I bought unisex colours) but have also treated myself to some new prints from Bubakin, because their latest designs are just too darn cute! Check them out here on Instagram @bubakinbabes.

james wearing bubakin nappy

Bubakin nappies are Australian designed and owned by a local Brisbane mum who wanted to perfect the nappy. They have lots of fun designs and prints and have just launched their new range. Bubakin have loads of Youtube videos to help you get started on your cloth nappy journey.


Tamla from Bubakin writes: “What people don’t realise is that even one nappy each day is actually still saving a whopping 365 nappies from landfill every year and better yet, multiply that by everyone on earth who has children in nappies and that really is something. There are so many added benefits to cloth nappies. While disposables might seem cheaper short term, the long term savings are BIG. They are free of chemicals that are found in disposables (which they won’t allow in women’s sanitary products but will allow them in nappies against delicate skin!), have less likelihood of giving babies nappy rash and can accommodate ALL situations. But the reality is that we live in a society where the family unit is always stretched, tired and exhausted so every little bit counts. Personally, I’d rather have someone have three nappies in their stash than none at all.”

Bubakin is also a supporting member of the Australian Nappy Association which is a group of affiliated brands in the nappy industry with the primary target of growing cloth nappy use in Australia. They have many helpful resources as well as those for people who are interested in getting their childcare centre on board. They have great kits to assist you and a wealth of knowledge and people ready to support you in making the switch. You can find them at

The Bubakin Babes Modern Cloth Nappies are designed to be just like a disposable in their function/shape. Now with clever design, modern cloth nappies essentially are more effective at holding in those ‘poo-namis’ than their disposable counterparts. There are trim options that feel/look just like a disposable under clothing making them a really attractive option for those who are finding a number of stumbling blocks in starting the cloth journey. Check out some of the Bubakin Instagram Posts for #nappynews to have some of those burning questions answered.


So if you've been umming and arring about using clothes, head on over to Bubakin and find out just how easy (and cute!!) cloths are.

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