This is part of an article by Hilary Osborne in the Guardian Friday 15 July 2011. The full article is on the Guardian Website.
“Last May, ahead of my maternity leave, I wrote about how I’m a bit of a cheapskate, and that I was going to resist all the attempts to part new mums from their cash. One reader remarked that asking an expectant mother for tips on having a cheap baby was similar to asking someone who didn’t yet have a garden to give gardening tips. Few believed my prediction that with careful budgeting I would spend no more than £300 or so. I now realise that perhaps that was naive.
My main nappies have been reusable. Having intended to use a £50 voucher from Haringey council to try a laundry service, I then decided it would be better invested in nappies I could keep. I didn’t start until Wyn was three months old and was conscious that most nurseries won’t use them, so I didn’t want to invest too heavily. Through eBay, scouting out special offers, and nappy swaps I managed to get hold of 16 nappies and all the accessories needed for £105. I’m unsure if this is going to save me money, but I feel better when I look in the bin.