1. Better for the environment
Many people are focusing more on our impact upon the world and how we can best preserve the environment for future generations. Not only does using disposable nappies mean that all that waste is going to the landfill we also need to consider the resources used to create each single use nappy. The Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of Nappies published in 2023 has proven that reusable nappies produce 25% less CO2 than single-use disposable nappies and the environmental impact of making a single nappy is over 90% lower for a reusable nappy than for single-use. You can read the full report here.
2. You'll never run out
You'll always have enough nappies if you use reusable nappies! They are easy to wash and dry meaning you'll always have a stash ready to use and most reusable nappies are Birth to Potty size which means that they fit most babies throughout their time using nappies so no having to rush to the shops because your baby has grown out of their nappies!
3. Easy to use
Once you've got the hang of your nappies it is easy to fall into a routine and they become just like the rest of your washing.
4. Saves you money
Whilst initially, the cost can seem high as there is an initial outlay to get the things you will need, over the life cycle of reusable nappies you save a great deal of money compared to disposable nappies. I spread this cost by buying a few a month whilst I was pregnant and then topped up with a few here and there as we worked out what worked for us (and as I discovered prints I just loved!) Once you have built your collection, you will find that you are saving money when you are not needing to buy additional packets of nappies each week - or more so! Savings will increase dramatically with each child using reusable nappies (This could be as high as £600 - £1000!).
5. Better for little one's bum
Disposable nappies contain chemicals in order to make them absorbent. These chemicals can cause irritation and nappy rash on your little one's bum. Reusable nappies do not use chemicals in this way and instead utilise a materials natural absorbency and babies who wear reusable nappies have a lower chance of developing nappy rash. This is further supported by the breathability of the reusable nappy materials preventing moisture from being trapped against your little one's skin.
6. Easier to potty train
Using cloth nappies is thought to enable children to recognise that they are wet quicker than when disposable nappies are used. This means that children in cloth nappies often potty train earlier than children who are in disposable nappies. Although there is no concrete evidence to support this, many parents agree that reusable nappies enable their children to learn the wet feeling quicker.
7. More comfortable for little ones
Reusable nappies are designed to fit comfortable on little one and often have a fleece lining which creates a soft and comfortable fit.
8. Less stinky
The chemicals that a disposable nappy contains to create the absorbency is what causes the smell of a dirty nappy. Of course, poo is poo but the natural materials found in reusable cloth nappies do not smell in the same way disposables do!
9. Great for their hips
A common cause of worry amongst parents is doing the right thing to support your little one's development. Cloth nappies encourage a healthy hip position for babies which supports your little one's developing hip joints.
10. Cute designs
The prints are all super cute and there are so many different designs to choose from! Not only do they look gorgeous on the bum, shopping for them is also very exciting. There is nothing better than getting a delivery with super cute prints ready for washing and folding - especially when you are pregnant!
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