Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Why Choose Reusable Nappies?

I decide to write down what I think about why you would choose reusable nappies.....

Ok, so first, why not?

Well, I suppose people would argue that disposables are just so handy, no mess to deal with and better for nappy rash. Hmmm is that it? I seem to have run out of things to say about them!

Lets deal with those issues first then. First of all, did you know that nappy rash is actually caused by the reaction between urine and poo? So, it doesn’t actually matter what type of nappy you put your child in, if you don’t change them immediately after they have ‘soiled’ their nappy then they will be prone to nappy rash.

As for dealing with mess, well in the 2 years I have been using cloth on my son I can honestly say I have dealt with less leaks and soiled clothes than when I used disposables on my first two daughters.

I think the reason for the soiled clothes was the fit of disposables. They just are so flimsy that anything other than urine seems to fly out of the top or the leg holes, leaving a new baby with it up their back or down their legs. This then led to baby needing a full set of new clothes and a bath! So, considering this, how does that make them harder work than cloth?
So now why think about reusables?

Ok costs.

Well the obvious one is the savings. Did you know that between birth and the age of 2 and a half it will cost you around £1324.40 to keep your child in disposable nappies? This is how I worked it out.

At birth you will use approximately 10 nappies a day as you change through the night as well.

10 nappies/day @ £0.20/nappy = £2.00/day

7 days a week at 2.00 = £14.00/week

At around 3 months this may drop to 7 changes a day.

7 nappies/day @ £0.20/nappy = £1.40/day

7 days/week @ £1.40/day = £9.80/week

So in the first year with 3 months/12 weeks at £14.00/week and 40 weeks at £9.80 per week it will cost you

£168.00 + £392.00 = £560 for the first year.

£509.60 for the second year

£254.80 for half of the third year.

This is a total of £1324.40

If you bought 20 birth to potty pocket nappies; say the most expensive brand at £20 a nappy, they would set you back £400. That would save you a whopping £924.00!

If you bought sized nappies and wraps they would cost you for15 size 1 nappies and 3 wraps and 15 size 2 nappies and 3 wraps approximately £324.00. This would save you £1000.40!!

So, if ever there were a reason to switch to cloth cost would be a major factor in the decision.

An added bonus is there is a market for pre=loved nappies, so once you’ve finished with them, if they are a decent condition…then sell them on! Even better!

The environmental impact.

Did you know?Each year close to three billion disposable nappies are thrown away? This accounts for 670,000 to 750,000 tonnes of waste. Disposable nappies make up about 4 per cent of household waste and they may take up to 500 years to degrade.

I even read somewhere that if HenryVIII had been in nappies that they would still be degrading now!

If you think about it there is only so much waste we can bury in the ground and cover over. We need to start being more responsible. Even if you only used 1 cloth nappy a day in place of a disposable that would save 730 nappies going into landfill just from 1 baby! That’s a staggering amount!

What Choice of reusable nappies is there?

Well, the choice of reusable nappies out there is immense. So there is bound to be something that suits your baby.

Cloth is so soft next to your babies skin why would you choose anything else?

The different patterns and fabrics can enhance even the funkiest of outfits whilst doing a job at the same time!

As a mum that uses cloth nappies the hardest choice I have had to make with cloth nappies is which gorgeous one I am going to buy next!

There are nappies out there to suit every budget, from old fashioned terry squares to fake minky fur pockets nappies.

The picture is of Mia in a beautiful minky fur nappy in emerald colour.

Isn't washing a hassle?

I have two children in cloth nappies and I would say I washed nappies every other day. I wash them on a normal 40 degree wash then give them a cold rinse wash to remove any left over detergent.

They then go on an airer to dry as this has the most minimal amount of environmental impact and costs less than the tumble drier!

So before you run off to buy your birth to potty pack of nappies heed this....

my advice to anyone about to venture into the world of cloth nappies, is to not buy in bulk initially. There would be nothing worse than spending more than £200 on nappies that will last you till your baby potty trains then discovering that the particular brand you bought doesn't work for you!

Bibs N Bots making reusable nappies child play!

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