Cloth nappies are awesome and loved by many. Here are some of our reasons for choosing reusable cloth nappies:
1. Save money in the long term
Although for some, the initial investment in cloth nappies can seem expensive or a lot of money up front, the overall saving over the course of a child’s time in nappies is huge. The Cloth Nappy Tree calculated that you could save over one thousand pounds by choosing a birth to potty set of nappies and cloth wipes over disposable nappies and wipes. This includes the cost of washing the cloth nappies and wipes.
2. Reusable across multiple babies
If saving over £1000 for one baby doesn’t appeal, how about completely eradicating the cost of nappies for further children? By investing in cloth nappies for one child, you have a supply of nappies which will see you through child 2, 3, 4 and so on if (if you plan on having several!)
3. Have resale value
Cloth nappies have resale value: we know this, we made a website for it! Even the scruffiest, ugliest, stained-est(!) nappies have resable value if they’re clean and the elastic is in good condition (where applicable for e.g. pocket nappies). If you like posh bums and invest in nappies beyond the ‘workhorse stash’, you may be able to make even more money back when you’re done with nappies.
4. Many beautiful designs
Although my mum likes to wax lyrical about days where cloth nappies were terry squares and plastic pants, modern day nappies are anything but (although don’t get me wrong, terries are still available and BRILLIANT for heavy wetters). There’s a huge range of gorgeous cloth nappies available from tons of fantastic retailers. From Bananas and Bats to Penguins and Pineapples.
5. Easier to potty train
Hundreds of thousands of parents claim that using reusable nappies on their children gave the babies a greater awareness of their wetness, allowing them to potty train quickly. My own experience reflects that, with my oldest turning around at just 2 years old declaring that she no longer wanted to wear nappies, and that was that.
6. Multiple types for multiple bodies
Babies come in all shapes and sizes, which means for anything other than “average baby”, finding a good fitting disposable nappy can be awkward. Scrawny legs, chubby legs, long backs and round bellies all make it more difficult to get a good fit. Cloth nappies come in so many shapes and sizes, with adjustable elastic and velcros for micro-adjustments, it’s possible to find a fit for every bum with no leaks or squeaks.
7. Better for the environment
Over the course of a baby’s time in nappies, a ‘sposie-bummed baby would use thousands of nappies: nappies that go in the bin, and end up in landfill. Disposable nappies contain plastics that do not easily decompose in landfill and so sit — often full of human excrement — waiting, waiting, waiting…
Manufacture of disposable nappies uses 3.5 times more energy, 8 times as many non-renewable resources, and 90 times as many renewable resources when compared with washable nappies.
As well the nappy (and poo) waste, the solvents, plastics, metals and “stay dry” chemicals involved in manufacturing disposable nappies end up in run off water and, fundamentally, right next to your baby’s skin.
Although the washing of reusable cloth nappies involves water and detergents, it doesn’t compare to the production of disposable nappies.
8. Better for baby
The super absorbent polymers used in disposable nappies that help wick urine away from your baby’s bum (such as sodium polyacrylate) have been associated with toxic shock syndrome. Although it’s important to note that there are no proven cases of TSS in babies caused by this, the connection is alarming given the size and relative sensitivity of baby’s skin.
Some disposable nappies contain a chemical called dioxin — a byproduct of bleaching — which is toxic and carcinogenic.
Cloth nappies do not contain these chemicals.
Can you think of more reasons to use cloth nappies?