Reusable nappies are simple to use and have a wide range of benefits for parents and babies.
Financial benefits - although there will be an initial outlay of £150-£400 for 'real' nappies, they will save you thousands in the long run, even with the washing costs. With up to 5,000 nappy changes up until potty training, that's a lot of money spent on disposables.
Environmental benefits - Disposable nappies take 500 years to degrade in a landfill site and the producing and transport of them has a large carbon footprint. Even with the impact of using your washing machine more reusable nappies can be 40% better for the environment (Environment Agency report 2008). Many areas in Bucks now have a restriction on how much general rubbish you can place out for collection, reducing the number of disposable nappies you use will help reduce your waste.
Benefits for baby - disposable nappies are made from plastics, paper pulp absorbent chemicals and glues. Often a baby’s skin will react to this. Reusable nappies can be made from cotton, bamboo and microfibre. These are often kinder to a baby's skin.
Early potty training - Another benefit is cloth bottomed babies can often potty train earlier due to the increased awareness of needing the toilet whereas disposable nappies take any wetness away so the baby does not know when they have been to the toilet.
Reusable nappies are now very modern, stylish and convenient. There are hundreds of online retailers and a few local companies that you may wish to purchase your nappies from.
- There's lots more information on real nappies, including stockists, at Go Real, the real nappy information service.