Before Jen arrived I made a bunch of budget homemade nappies and some wool nappy covers. I was really pleased with them, they looked cute and were very cost effective. Five months on I must confess we are not using them, which is a little disappointing!
We are still using cloth nappies but not my own homemade ones, for several reasons.
Having not used real nappies before (or any nappies for that matter) I was a little clueless about them, and despite having done my research, there is nothing like actual use to give you perspective. The nappies were not absorbent enough, in fact were far from it. They need to be made from a double layer of absorbent material and/or used with boosters (additional absorbent fabric stuffed inside the nappy). That alone wouldn't have stopped us using them, I could have easily made boosters.
Only one of my woollen covers fitted. The crochet one was almost impossible to get on, there just isn't enough flex in the fabric to allow the shape I used to work. Again this probably wouldn't have stopped us using them, although I definitely would have bought covers as I certainly had no time to knit another.
What did stop us using our homemade ones, is the gift we were given by a friend of some commercially made all-in-one, one size nappies. She had used them for her son but he had outgrown them so she very kindly passed them on to us to use, and we were spoiled! I will be eternally grateful, they made a world of difference to us in the early days.
They were fab. So easy to use, with velcro closure an a built in waterproof layer, using the nippers and covers on our homemade ones isn't really so much of a chore, but it is amazing how every little bit helps when trying to adjust to a newborn. The homemade nappies were just that little bit more to handle, so they weren't first choice when changing.
We have bought more commercially made nappies since, from several brands (mostly preloved) and I'm not sorry. They are so simple to use and care for and Jen seems comfortable in them. I am looking at making some of my own again, but they will be similar to the commercial ones. I will post about them when I get round to it, am also hoping to post some reviews of the brands we have been using.
The good news is, the wipes I made are brilliant, just what is needed, and I'm planning on running up a few more. So pregnancy sewing wasn't a complete loss!