If you’re coming to the end of your cloth nappy journey, you might be wondering what to do with your stash. Some nappies may have a substantial amount of life left in them; others perhaps not so much. Either way, there are many good ways to repurpose or rehome your cloth nappies.
If you have a friend or family member who is about to have a baby and you think they’d like to give cloth a go, why not pass your stash along to them? Perhaps you could even split your stash between a few friends and bless them all with an emergency stack of 3 nappies and a handful of wipes.
No-one in your circle expecting? There are a number of cloth nappy charity groups who collect cloth nappies and then pass them on to families in need and this is a beautiful way to re-home nappies that still have lots of life left in them.
If you want to help Australian families with your nappies, Cloth Nappies for Charity collects cloth nappies in good, useable condition and loans them out to Aussie families experiencing unemployment, low income, displacement, domestic violence, natural disasters, adoption and fostering.
The Nappy Collective rounds up any leftover disposable nappies and distributes them to families in crisis, so if you’ve gone through your baby’s gear and found some disposables left over, this is the place to donate them.
Believe it or not, cloth nappies tend to hold their value! If your nappies are still in excellent condition and you’d like a few dollars back for them, you can jump onto a Facebook buy/swap/sell group and do your thing. You’ll often find buy/swap/sell groups by location or brand.
Perhaps you loved hard on your cloth nappies and after multiple babies they really aren’t fit to continue being used for their first purpose. In this case, natural fibres can be composted (remove any snaps/poppers first) and boosters can be used for rags around the house.
If you’re coming to the end of your cloth nappy journey, I hope you’ll find a way for the nappies you’ve used to keep on giving.
When uncertain economic times hit, the family budget often needs to be rejigged and if you've got babies in the house, one thing that can help is to make the switch to reusables.