Cloth nappies have grown in popularity in recent years and when you discover how easy they are to use and the beautiful designs they are now available in, it isn’t hard to see why. Of course, there is much more to it than that so let’s take a look at seven benefits of using cloth nappies…

Baby crawling on hands in BAMBINO MIO MIOSOLO ALL-IN-ONE REUSABLE NAPPY, Honey Beehive at Nurture Collective

1. Environmental Factors

The main reason that many parents are choosing a reusable nappy over a disposable one comes down to helping the environment. Disposable – or more rightly named, single-use nappies (as you never truly dispose of them) – have contributed to many environmental problems over the years and will continue to do so for hundreds more. Each single-use nappy ever used is still here because each one contains plastic and will therefore take 500 years to breakdown. However, even when they do finally do this they will never be fully gone as their microplastics will be left behind. Quite shockingly, single-use nappies alone will result in 4,000 tonnes of waste each year but it isn’t actually the waste that is the most damaging side… It is in the production.

  • Single-use nappies are made from plastic and wood pulp. Both of which are created by dirty, resource-intensive manufacturing processes. And on top of this, we cut down around 7 million trees every year in the UK just to make these disposables.
  • single-use baby nappies use 20 times more land for production of raw materials and require three times more energy to make than cloth nappies.
  • It takes a cup of crude oil to make just one single-use nappy.
  • It takes around 1550 litres of water to produce a week’s worth of single-use nappies.
  • As single-use nappies sit in landfill they release harmful greenhouse gases.

In comparison, a cloth nappy is bought and reused over and over again, sometimes on multiple children and can be passed down to other parents or sold on. They are usually predominantly made up of natural materials, they contain no chemicals and even washing them each week will use significantly less water than what goes into producing your disposable.

And lastly, it has been documented that by switching to reusables you will be reducing your carbon footprint by up to 40%.

2. Cost-Effective

The initial outlay of cloth nappies may seem quite steep at first but the beauty of going reusable is that once you have purchased all you need (20-25 to comfortably cloth full time) you won’t have to spend your money on nappies ever again. It is estimated that if you were to purchase all the single-use nappies you would need from birth to potty training it would cost you around £1200 but if you were to purchase all the cloth nappies you would need it would cost you around £200-£250 and, on top of this, if you go on to have more children, you will still have all the nappies will ever need. Cloth nappies could end up saving you thousands!

BAMBINO MIO MIOSOLO REUSABLE NAPPY SET, Bugs Life at Nurture Collective

3. Never Run Out

As a busy and tired parent, the last thing anybody needs are extra things to worry about such as running out of nappies. Thankfully with cloth nappies, this isn’t an issue. No running around the house looking for spares, no quick dash to the shop to pick up more, once you have a full stash of cloth nappies, you will always have all you need to hand.

4. Better For Baby’s Skin

Cloth nappies are far better for your baby’s skin due to the fact that they contain no chemicals, they are breathable and the materials used are soft, gentle and mostly natural fibres which means you have the perfect combination next to your baby’s skin. Due to this, the majority of cloth nappy parents report no or little nappy rash. The inserts of a cloth nappy absorb the moisture away and fleecy liners will help to keep their little bottoms dry and when combined with reusable wipes, your baby’s skin will be kept in great condition.

BAMBINO MIO MIOFRESH (NAPPY/LAUNDRY CLEANSER), 750G Single with a nappy stack at Nurture CollectiveA Baby wearing Swinging Sloth Print Cloth Nappy by Bambinomio at Nurture Collective

5. Reliability

We all know that all nappies will leak at some point, even cloth nappies, but when you find a brand that works for you and a combination of inserts/ boosters, you can easily eradicate this problem. As your baby changes, grows, develops and goes through stages (such as teething), you will see changes in their toilet habits, for example, looser stools, becoming a heavier wetter and so on. But with each stage, you can alter your cloth nappies by boosting them, finding a booster combination that works, altering the size etc. Which means that you will always be able to adapt them to their needs. On top of this, you will never have a poo explosion with a cloth nappy as their elasticated

6. Fastenings

Modern cloth nappies come in two fastenings options: poppers or velcro. The benefit of having a choice here means that you can opt for what will work for you, your family, your childcare setting, during the day and at night time. For example, if you have a child who can whip a nappy off in a jiffy, you will find that a poppered nappy will prevent this from happening in future. On the other hand, if you want the ease of use, especially for grandparents or childcare, then velcro is often a better option here. Having a selection of both types of fastenings will allow you to be prepared for all situations.

Baby wearing BAMBINO MIO MIOSOLO ALL-IN-ONE REUSABLE NAPPY, Dragonfly Daze at Nurture Collective

7. Fit

Unlike your single-use nappies, cloth nappies will grow with your child. You will notice that cloth nappies usually have the acronym BTP next to them and this simply stands for birth to potty meaning that you can adjust the nappy to fit from birth (approx. 10 lbs) up to potty training age. Each cloth nappy has adjustable poppers on the rise which can bring the nappy down to small, be snapped up to the next rise for a medium-size or fully opened for a toddler. They are also adjustable around the waist with either their velcro or poppers. This will enable you to get the best fit you can for your child at each and every stage.

Cloth nappies have come a long way since the days of thick terry towels and safety pins. They are easy to use, they are easy to care for, they will save you money, they are made in many stunning designs and they are far better for our planet. If you are considering this switch, why not take a look at our fantastic new collection of cloth nappies on our website

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