NOT SURE ABOUT CLOTH NAPPIES? HERE ARE 5 REASONS TO CONSIDER
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You’re here because you’re considering opting in for cloth nappies but haven’t been sold on the idea yet.
Well luckily, we’re here to help! We’ve kept the reasons to consider cloth nappies simple so that you have more time to shop for cute designs…
Read on to find out the best benefits of purchasing cloth nappies over disposable nappies.
1. YOU’LL SAVE MONEY
It’s estimated that on average, a child who wears disposable nappies until the age of 3 will cost their parents around $3200 when using standard nappies. This increases to around $4000 when opting for eco-friendly, biodegradable disposable nappies.
Compare this with a one-off payment of $450-$950 for cloth nappies that will last all the way up until toilet training, and we have a clear winner.
As long as you’re taking good care of your nappies, you’ll also be able to use them with multiple children. That’s $1000’s saved in your otherwise expensive journey into parenthood, and 1000’s of nappies saved from going into landfill.
2. THEY’RE BETTER FOR THE PLANET
Statistics state that 20 billionnappies are sent to landfill each year in the US alone. That’s a lot of waste.
Here are a few more nappy facts to show you the disastrous effects that they are having on our planet:
To meet nappy demands in the US, 200,000 trees are cut down every year.
Disposable nappy can take up to 500 years to fully decompose.
The production of disposable nappy wastes around 3 times more water than the production of cloth.
3. THEY’RE BETTER FOR YOUR BABY’S SKIN
There are several reasons as to why cloth nappies are better for your baby’s skin.
Firstly, they don’t contain the nasties that disposable nappies do. Chemicals found in disposablenappies have been linked to cancer (dioxin), hormonal problems (TBT), and toxic shock syndrome (SAP).
Secondly, cloth nappies generally fit a little looser and therefore provide better airflow. Disposable nappies might look like a better fit, but they’re also sticking to your baby’s skin and causing them to be in direct contact with a wet surface for a long period of time.
Thirdly, you’ll change your baby’s nappies more regularly. Reusable nappies don’t ‘wick away’ moisture in the same way that disposable nappies do - your baby will let you know that they’re wet more frequently, and you won’t have to prolong nappy changing in order to save money!
4. THEY HAVE MULTIPLE USES
Once your nappy days are over, the cotton inserts that come with 2-part reusable nappies can be washed and used as incredibly effective cleaning cloths! Another win for the planet!
5. THEY LEAD TO EARLIER POTTY TRAINING
Babies that wear cloth nappies generally potty train at an earlier age than those who wear disposable nappies. Cloth diapers don’t give the same dry feeling as their disposable alternatives - children will learn the difference between wet and dry faster and that it’s linked to them doing a wee.