Why choose reusable nappies?*
There are lots of reasons that people choose to use reusable nappies.
Here are some of them:
Disposable nappies are costly to the environment, ...
...are costly for the community,
- Every day in the UK around 8,000,000 disposable nappies are used
and thrown away.
- A child in nappies for two-and-a-half years will probably use approximately
6,000 disposable nappies (based on the recommended 6-7 nappies per
day) compared to a baby in cloth nappies who will re-use 24-50 nappies.
- It still isn't known how long it takes for a disposable nappy to
break down completely but it is possible that every one ever made
still exists and will be around for hundreds of years.
- Disposable nappies use 90 times the amount of renewable resources
(e.g. wood pulp) and 8 times the amount of non-regenerable resources
(e.g. one cup of crude oil is needed to make one disposable nappy).
- At least four-and-a-half trees are needed to produce the disposable
nappies for one baby.
...and costly for parents.
- The council tax payer pays 10p to dispose of every £l's-worth
of disposable nappies. This amounts to £40,000,000 each year
Reusable nappies are gentle to your baby...
- Disposable nappies for one baby in nappies for two-and-a-half years
will cost between £703 (cheapest brands) and £1,104 (dearest
brands). Reusable nappies cost from as little as £350 for modern
shaped nappies including the costs of the nappies, accessories, washing
agents, energy and allowing £150 wear and tear on a washing
- Reusable nappies usually last for more than one baby so can work
out very much cheaper in the long run.
... are easy to use and care for,
- Reusable nappies do not contain any potentially harmful super-absorbent
gels, deodorants or chemicals.
- They are made from the same fabrics as everyday clothese and give
parents control over what they put next to their baby's sensitive
and absorbent skin.
- Research has shown that babies using reusable nappies are NOT more
likely to get nappy rash. Reusable nappies are soft and comfortable,
and stay-dry nappies help to keep babies' skin dry, which helps to
prevent nappy rash.
- Many of today's parents remember terry squares, pins, plastic pants
and boiling! and are put off by the thought of washing dirty nappies
and lots of extra laundry. Today's nappies really are easy to care
for- take soiled nappy off, shake solids into the loo, put the nappy
in dry bucket with lid (lined with nappy mesh bag). On wash day put
whole mesh bag into machine and put on rinse cycle, then wash at 60ºC
(or 40ºC) with 1/2 of the usual amount
of detergent- tumble or hang dry.
- Using reusable nappies will mean an extra load of washing every
two-three days- truly unnoticeable compared to the other washing babies
and young children produce!
...offer so much choice and versatility...
- Whatever your baby's nappy needs, from newborn poo leaking out of
a disposable... to a big four year old out-weeing his night time pull
ups, there will be a nappy to meet them!
...they work brilliantly
Modern reusable nappies utilise up to date textile
technology to provide the best performance, comfort and durability.
- Please have look at these extracts from an email
conversation with a mum new to cloth nappies:
"Hi, I've just found your website as
I am in a desperate search to find a way for my little boy to stop wetting
through the night. He is just 2 years old, is quite tall and is of a
wide build. Whatever disposable we put him in he wets through the top
of it. Which nappy would you suggest
... Please help as I'm tired! Liz."
And after Liz received her nappy and tried it:
"Hi Helen, It has arrived and last night
was as dry as a bone! He slept the longest he has slept for a long time!
I am more than happy for you to use my comments.
I am truly converted and if we have another child I would definitely
use these at night from the start. Thanks. Liz"
...and of course look really colourful and cute!
*Information on this page was taken from 'Dumping the Diaper: Sustainable
Wales' Reusable Nappy Report (2nd Edition)' (Sustainable Wales is supported
by Environmental Wales, a National Assembly initiative with the voluntary
sector. www.sustainablewales.org.uk, charity number1065789/0) and the
Women's Environmental Network (www.wen.org.uk).
- Reusable nappies come in all sorts of designs from pure fluffy white
cotton to fun and funky colours and prints to make changing time fun!