Looking for a more eco-friendly way to nappy your little one? Find out the major advantages of using reusable nappies in this post.
Reusable nappies are a great way to help the environment, save money and keep your baby comfortable. With so many advantages associated with it, reusable nappies are becoming more and more popular among parents.
In this post, I will go over some of the reasons why you should consider making the switch to reusable nappies for your little one.
But first, let me tell you a bit about my experience with reusable nappies.
First-time mum compared to second-time mum
No way on earth am I using cloth nappies!
I was 21 when I had my daughter. The thought of using reusable nappies did not appeal to me at all. It reminded me of how my mum would tell me all about how she used them on me and my siblings,
- how she folded the cloth into a triangle
- placed the liner in
- wrapped it around us
- then used a god-ass pin to hold it together!!
Nope. Nadda. I don’t think so.
By the time I had my second child, I was 33 years old. And the world had changed. I had changed. I was now aware of the implications and impact each of us has on the world. On climate.
I decided to look into reusable nappies, their cost, their impact on the environment, if they are easy to use and how to wash them, to see if it was something that we could do.
A close friend of mine used them on her daughter…so she was the first person I spoke to. She told me that using, washing and drying them was all pretty straightforward. They got on really well with them. She showed me the ones she had, and the different varieties you can buy, and we practised putting them on a dolly! Putting them on was EXACTLY like putting on a disposable nappy, no folding and no big spiky safety pins!
A bit more research into reusable nappies led me to the thinking that “yes, we can do this!”. Below are the advantages of using reusable nappies that were important to me. They may be important to you too.
One of the primary advantages associated with using reusable nappies is that they are significantly more cost-effective than disposable ones.
You will only need to make your initial investment once, meaning that you won’t have to keep shelling out for nappies on a regular basis. Prices vary depending on what brand you go for (there are a lot out there!). Individual nappies can be as little as £7 or you can buy packages that range from £49 right up to over £200.
We decided to buy a starter pack from LittleLamb, a company that was local to us (South Wales, UK). We bought a complete kit which came with liners, absorbent nappies and a few nappy wraps and cost us around £200.
The council where we lived had an incentive for parents to use reusable nappies. We had a £100 grant to go towards any purchases we made, to any brand. The information slip was included in my pregnancy pack from the midwife. If you haven’t had any information, ask your midwife or maybe contact the council and ask if they offer any schemes for using reusable nappies.
Depending on how often you reuse the nappies and how often you wash them, a single set of reusable nappies can last more than a year! Actually, my friend that used reusable nappies on her first child, used the same ones for her second child. I’ve read that many parents do this, which saves even more money!
National Childbirth Trust notes that cloth nappies can save you £200 – £500 over 2.5 years. Plus extra if you had the nappies down to younger siblings, friends etc. By the time a baby reaches 2 and a half, it is estimated that 4 – 6,000 disposable nappies would have been used. As opposed to 20 – 30 reusable ones.
Sustainable and eco-friendly
For parents who want to reduce the amount of waste they generate, cloth nappies are an excellent choice.
Disposable nappies may seem convenient but their environmental impact is significant, with billions of these thrown out every year.
Reusable nappies last up to four times longer than disposables and can be put in the compost bin when retired, making them an eco-friendly option that helps you do your part to reduce your carbon footprint.
Improved performance and absorbency
One of the major advantages of using reusable nappies is the improved performance and absorbency they offer. They have evolved so much since the times my mum used them on me!
When buying cloth nappies, often you will get varied lengths of absorbency liners. Adding or taking away a liner as you feel fit. For example, we would use 2 liners during the night as there would be fewer nappy changes.
Cloth nappies are not just leak-proof, but also much more breathable than disposables; this means they keep your baby’s skin dry and prevent nappy rash due to excessive moisture. Bamboo liners we found were the best in keeping the nappy rash at bay for our son.
The materials used in cloth nappies also provide better odour control. In addition, you don’t need to worry about changing nappies when you’re out and about. My husband would always worry that carrying wet used nappies in our nappy bag would smell…but they really didn’t!
Have you thought about the idea of using reusable nappies…then gone yuck, that’s disgusting?
Tip: I bought wet swim bags from Amazon that I would put all the clean liners and nappies in one section, and all the wet ones in another. You don’t have to worry about the wet nappies touching anything else in the bag. You also throw the wet bag into the wash too! But make sure to remove the nappies first so they have a good wash.
Stylish and fun designs
Reusable cloth nappies are available in a multitude of fun and stylish designs, so you can pick one that is perfect for your little one. From bright colours to playful cartoon characters and patterns, there’s something for every taste!
During the summer months, our son would often be in just his cloth nappy, it would look really cute, rather than an ugly-looking, wet and droopy disposable nappy.
Taking care of reusable nappies
There are a lot of articles out there about how to take care of cloth nappies. Check out The Nappy Lady’s articles – I used her info a lot.
A very quick rundown of taking care of them is:
- keep the dirty nappies in a separate pile – we used a bucket from LittleLamb as the lid clips on to prevent odour loss
- wash them together using non-bio detergent (bio detergent has an enzyme in it that can damage the absorbency of the cloth nappy)
- dry them outside on the line if you can
We loved using cloth nappies on our son. Don’t get me wrong, we also used disposable ones from time to time, especially pull-ups!
I think it’s an individual/couple’s choice to use cloth nappies, disposable ones, or a mixture of both. But give cloth nappies a proper think…they’re easy to use, can cost cheaper in the long run, and are helping the environment by not sending millions of disposables to landfills each year.
Our son was 7lbs 9oz born and wore his first cloth nappy when he was 4 days old.
Bless him, it looks chunky on him.
But that was ok…he wasn’t rolling, walking etc. We did have to size up some of his clothes to fit over the nappy.
(this picture is not the complete set-up. you need to put a waterproof wrap around it too, but I didn’t have a picture of him with that on. It’s a very thin wrap and makes no difference to the size of the nappy on him)
I was surprised by how easy they are to use…even my husband could do it!
Maybe you’ll get on with them too?…but remember, there’s no right or wrong – do what is best for you and your little one.