TPFP - Too Posh for Pampers - yes me dears, I certainly am
I have just come across this new term for us cloth nappy users - Too Posh for Pampers (TPFP). I think to be honest it is meant to be a derogatory term, describing us parents who decide not to go with the ‘norm’ of disposable nappies, but I for one am quite happy to be described this way. Its probably the only time in my life that I can be described as Posh (well, since Secondary School when I was sent to elocution lessons and spoke with a posh twang for a while - thank you for that Mother
Why am I TPFP, or any other disposable nappy for that matter? Well, for me there are loads of reasons, not least the fact that I know what is in my daughters cloth nappies, I have complete control over what is actually put beside my daughters skin and it certainly isn’t a chemical gel filled pair of plastic and paper pants.
Does anyone actually know what is in a disposable nappy? Why have they became the norm without parents even wondering what is in a nappy that is about an inch thick that can catch babies wee and turn it into a mushy mess that reaches their babies knees? And why do parents think their babies are more comfortable in a pair of paper pants? Why? Well, because its become the norm, the TV advert tells us they are great, fantastic invention that makes our lives easier, and are great for our babies and who are we to argue? Well, being TPFP I can argue because I have a fair idea of what should be beside my daughters little butt and what shouldn’t be.
Another reason for being TPFP - well, there is the environmental issue, and for many this is a biggie. it’s the initial reason I started to use cloth nappies - I didn’t want 140 smelly disposable nappies rotting away in my bin every fortnight. Selfish I know, I didn’t plan to ‘save the earth’ I just didn’t want my back yard smelling. Now of course, I realise that by the time my daughter is out of nappies there will be 4000 less disposables sitting in a landfill site - 4000 less little parcels of human wee and excrement that wont rot away for at least 500 years - now that is a great reason to be TPFP.
Want more reasons - I can save money, despite being a complete cloth nappy addict I am saving money when compared to using disposables - honestly
I have went through an impressive number of different nappies since my daughter was born, but being able to sell them on for at least half of what I have paid for them means that I can recoup half of what I spend. When my daughter decides to pt I know I will be able to sell on her current stash and have a couple of hundred pounds in my pocket - you cant say that with disposables can you! Selling your nappies also helps environmentally as it means the nappies are being used by more than one child, and buying preloved nappies means you can save even more money.
And you know what I like the best about being TPFP is? The shock factor
Yes, although it really used to bother me, the fact that people are genuinely shocked when they learn Im using cloth nappies on my daughter does make me more determined to use them. I enjoy telling people now about modern cloth nappies - no, I don’t have to spend my life sweating over a twin tub to boil my nappies, I don’t fiddle with nappy pins and terry squares and my daughter doesn’t wear plastic pull up pants. People are genuinely shocked and then surprised when they see her nappies, when they think of cloth they don’t envisage a red furry Itti Bitti D’Lish or a crushed velvet Weenotions do they
So, yes, I am TPFP and very proud of the fact too - I think its a title all of us clothies should relish