You might be wondering what on earth I am doing, buying disposables, if you have read any of my previous posts about nappies. Well, I noticed that even people who sell the new generation cloth nappies often suggest that you start with disposables for the first 2-4 weeks, just to give a bit of adjustment time for Mum, Dad and the new bubs before the washing routine kicks in. It sounded like good advice! The only issue is that I really do not like disposables. The idea of putting all that plastic and chemical load on my baby's butt somehow seems so wrong. Then having to throw it out knowing it will take 500 years (or whatever the attrocious time frame is) to decompose, well that seems so wrong too.
So I've gone for the clean, green 'disposable' alternative. Which really is disposable in every sense of the word! They are called Moltex. They have no chemicals added, are unbleached and breakdown properly. They also still operate and look like a standard disposable in every other way. So we get the convenience of something that does not need washing, and my conscience can sleep peacefully at night knowing I'm not creating more pollution than necessary.
For now, that is all we have the money for. Later on we might look at getting a few more, for outings and going away and such, but we will see. I did notice a new range in PakNSave's supermarket recently. I think they were called Natural Care or something along those lines...they looked more enviro-friendly than a standard disposable and a more affordable price than Moltex, but don't do newborn. So we might get a pack of them every so often once Munchkin is up to the crawler stage, we will see. It is nice to know the option is there if we ever decide we need it.
We got 208 'newborn' ones (3-6kg I think is the actual weight range) for $120. Not cheap, particularly when compared to how little I made my pocket nappies for...but I think it will be worth the extra help when Munchkin is first born.
Now I just need to work out where to store all the nappies, both Moltex and Pockets! Hmm...