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Top 10 Reasons To Change From Disposable To Reusable Nappies

We encourage people in the UK to use reusable nappies instead of disposable ones.  Here are some facts that might shock you:

  1. A typical child will use between 4000 and 6000 nappies before being potty trained

  2. Around 8 million nappies are thrown away each day in the UK.  That’s over 3 billion every year

  3. By volume, disposable nappies are the largest single-item found in landfill sites.  They account for between 2% and 8% of all landfill

  4. It takes 500 years for a disposable nappy to biodegrade

  5. For every £1 that is spent by parents on disposable nappies, the taxpayer has to spend 10p disposing of it

  6. By switching to reusable nappies, a family with one child can save up to £400 per year.

  7. The absorbent fabrics used in modern reusable nappies are an attractive alternative to the  chemical gels which most disposable nappies contain. This can reduce nappy rash.

  8. Some UK councils give new parents vouchers worth up to £55 to help pay for a stock of reusable nappies

  9. It’s not just landfill you reduce - you also save precious space in your wheelie bin! That’s a bonus considering rubbish collections are becoming less frequent everywhere.

  10. Some evidence suggests that babies who wear reusable cloth nappies are potty trained around 6 months sooner than babies who wear disposables.

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Modern reusable nappies are hugely different and far superior to the ones you might remember from your childhood. You don’t need safety pins or a degree in origami to use them.

They come in a variety of styles to suit your needs and there are many designs to choose from.

In short, the old excuses don’t apply any more.

Flat Nappies & Pre-Fold Nappies

Flat nappies are old-school rectangles of fabric. Pre-folds nappies are already folded and stitched which makes them easier to use than flats. The nappies are held in place with a pin.

We Like: Still the cheapest option

We Dislike: Outdated design. Additional waterproof outer-layer is essential. There is no denying that flat and pre-fold nappies involve a lot more effort and hassle than other types.

Pocket Nappies

The key design feature of pocket nappies is the presence of a pocket on the inside of the waterproof outer layer. This pocket is used to house an absorbent layer or pad.

The absorbent pads are typically made from microfibre, bamboo or hemp. The outer layer is typically made of polyester.

We Like: Flexible. It is easy to add additional absorbent pads for overnight or on long journeys and use less during the day which reduces the bulkiness of the nappy and improves comfort.

We Dislike: Changing the absorbent pad can be unpleasant. A synthetic material (usually polyester) is in contact with your baby's bottom, rather than cotton or something soft and natural.

All-In-One Nappies

All-in-one nappies are just as easy to use as disposables. The outer layer is waterproof. Inside, there are sewn-in absorbent pads which are usually made of microfibre and/or bamboo. A thin biodegradable liner sits between the baby's bottom and the absorbent pads. This liner catches the solids and allows the liquid to pass through.

Many all-in-one nappies have adjustable snap buttons, meaning that one size fits most.

We Like: Very easy to use

We Dislike: The design limits the speed of drying, so you might need a larger stock of these nappies than if you used a different design. Tends to be the most expensive reusable nappy option.

All-In-Two Nappies

Unsurprisingly, these nappies are made up of two parts. The absorbent layer is placed or secured inside a waterproof outer shell. If the outer layer isn't soiled then you can just replace the absorbent layer, making these an economical option

We Like - Very absorbent.

We Dislike - Not quite so easy as an all-in-one nappy.

Shaped Nappies

These nappies are shaped and fasten just like disposable nappies. The cloth fits around your baby, and then you cover it with a waterproof outer wrap.

We Like: Snug fit. Lots of different designs to choose from.

We Dislike: Again, not quite so easy as an all-in-one nappy, but they are usually a couple of pounds cheaper.