So nappies - and cloth as well!
The fact cloth nappies are “reusable” makes them stand out far more than disposable nappies. And why is this?
Cloth Nappies will save you Money - Fact
So let us tackle the cloth nappy nemesis first! It’s the “use then simply throw away” part of a disposable nappy, the very reason why it was invented in the first place - and what made it so attractive to busy, tired mums. Logically, what could be more convenient that a disposable nappy? But there is the cost to disposable nappies that has to be dissected further.
Let's assume that a family needs about 60 nappies a week per child. That number will be higher for newborns and lower for toddlers.
The cost of cloth nappies is significantly lower than the cost of disposables. A child in generic disposable nappies costs over £1200 / €1300 over 2.5 years. With some premium earth-friendly options, this cost can go to almost £2400 / €2600.
A full time cloth nappy system can cost as little as £220 / €250. The cost of cloth nappies comes upfront, when building up supply, but it relieves the recurrent stress over budgeting for disposable products on a regular basis. Choosing cloth nappies is cheaper overall, as well as easier on the recurring budget. In addition a well-cared for nappy can even be handed down to the next baby.
Cloth Nappies Are Better For your Baby's Skin? – Fact
A casual look at what some main brand disposable nappies contain will tell you part of the story. We looked up the main constituents of a main brand disposable nappy and it read as follows:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
With cloth nappies you have many choices. The inserts and inner nappy linings touch your baby’s skin. Cloth nappy materials vary depending on the brand and range but typically you will find eco bamboo viscose (charcoal and natural varieties), hemp (again ecological) and polyester as the main materials making up inserts and inner linings.
In addition regular replacing of the highly absorbent cloth inserts mean less moisture next to your baby’s skin.
Both of the factors above lead to the general opinion that cloth nappies help reduce nappy rash and are kinder to your baby’s skin.
Using Cloth Nappies is kinder to our Environment - Fact
Let’s take a short trip to the main ecological benefit of the cloth nappy choice. We all have read about landfill - and the fact that over 19 billion disposable nappies end up in landfills annually. These nappies end up creating pollutants and hazardous chemicals that damage our planet!
Then again, why should you care when there is so much more you have to worry about right in your own home? But try to look at it this way - your baby will grow up, and who wouldn’t want a better, safer environment for their children?
How does one pass on any opportunity to be part of, such a huge global effort to protect the planet? No matter how small you think your role would be, you'd be just like the already huge number of parents who believe that the switch to cloth could be their own personal share in doing something for the future of not just their own baby, but for the next generations to come.
Easy to use – like riding a bike, once you are used to it, it is easy!
Some get intimidated by what may sound like such a difficult and laborious endeavour, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how simple it can be. The old term, back to basics is what comes to mind.
Cloth nappies were used by our grannies, back in the day when the world was much simpler, the air much cleaner and everything was un-disturbed by modern technology. And who could be wiser than Grandma?
To top it off, modern day nappies have come up with the popular “pocket system”, with a built in special “pocket” for the inserts. Getting your nappy to fit well onto your baby is simpler now as nappies have snap or velcro fastenings which makes size adjustments easy as pie!
Cloth Nappies are cute - Without a Doubt Fact
Oh and did I forget to mention that there is that factor of cuteness - a term that most certainly go hand in hand with the word baby. No further argument on this - modern cloth nappies come in fun colors and designs!
It boils down to a few words to describe the modern day cloth nappy - savings, kinder to your baby, eco-friendly, easy to use and cute!
Logically, how could you possibly go wrong?
This short narrative is written for purposes of sharing valuable information - the final decision, of course will still depend on you!
Different factors will always be taken into consideration with regards to the never-ending disposable cloth nappy debate. It really is a choice - and we certainly hope that what we have written will be of help to any mum who is thinking of choosing cloth nappies.