Why Would i use them?
Simply put they’re prettier, more effective and kinder to both our planet and our babies than the alternative.
The three things I love most about cloth nappies are -
No poo explosions - thanks to the elastic backs everything is kept contained in the nappy (if fitted correctly). Once you switch, poo explosions will be a thing of the past!
2. Kinder to baby’s skin - I haven’t needed to use nappy cream since switching. The soft fabric is much better for your baby’s skin than plastic and paper will ever be.
3. Did I mention how pretty they are? A huge range of gorgeous prints and patterns to choose from - what’s not to love?!
I don’t like to sell the benefits of cloth nappies by bashing disposables. They are convenient and have their place at times, but if you want the disposable facts here they are -
Around 25% of a disposable nappy is made from plastic, the rest wood pulp requiring 7 million trees to be cut down in the UK every year for the manufacturing process.
A cup of crude oil is used to make just ONE disposable nappy
8 million nappies end up in landfill a day in the UK, that’s 3 billion a year.
Disposable nappies take over 500 years to decompose. That’s a lot of nappies sitting around releasing harmful greenhouse gases. They are one of the biggest contributors to the amount of waste we produce and extremely harmful to the planet.
Your baby will use 4,000-6,000 disposable nappies by the time they are potty trained costing on average £700 - £1,000 per child depending on the brand you buy and how often you change your child. In comparison the average cloth nappy set up would cost £300-£450 and last the full 3 years, and for 2-3 children.
Biodegradable disposable nappies (and wipes) do not biodegrade in landfill. Unless you compost them yourself, they are just as harmful as the cheaper standard disposables you were buying before. They also have the same harmful manufacturing and transportation process as standard disposables; they are not the solution.