Reusable nappies come in different brands, fits and styles for you to choose between and that's before you get to choose the attractive prints! Since I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I knew I wanted to use reusable nappies but I wasn't sure where to start so I spent hours researching everything I could about them. I now want to help support you with your reusable cloth journey - whether you are just starting out or have been using them for a while!
All of the brands included in our shop have been researched and considered before we have selected them and are a brand we personally use. This means that I am confident in recommending these brands to you!
Why use reusable nappies?
A baby uses an average of 3,000 - 4,000 nappies before they are potty trained and furthermore, it can take up to 500 years for a "disposable" nappy to break down. This is an awful lot of waste we are creating that can be avoided through the use of reusable nappies. Equally, disposable nappies have many chemicals in them which can cause irritation on your baby's delicate bottom. Reusable nappies have been found to be better for the environment by the 2023 Research carried out by Defra. They completed a life cycle analysis (LCA) comparing the environmental impact of disposables and reusable nappies.
🖤 Reusable nappies produce 25% less CO2 than disposable nappies
🖤 Producing reusable nappies has a 90% lower environmental impact than disposable nappies
🖤 Even when factoring in washing and drying, reusable nappies are still significantly better for environment.
🖤 Reusable nappies use 97.5% less raw materials than disposables
You can read the full report here: Life Cycle Analysis of Nappies 2023
Types of Reusable Nappy
Reusable nappies come in three main sizes: newborn, one size and junior. Depending on the size of your little one, theirs and your needs and your personal preference will depend on which you want to buy. Some families start with newborn nappies and then move onto one size (also called birth to potty) once their little one is round 10-15lbs and some start using birth to potty as soon as their little one can fit them (around 8lbs usually). Junior size nappies are a great option if you need a little more room than a birth to potty nappy (which usually fit until around 30 or so pounds), or as night nappies for a toddler.
All In OneAll In One Nappies
All in one nappies are made up of an absorbent inner layer with an attached waterproof outer layer. This means you change the whole nappy each time as one piece. They tend to be slower to dry but they are very easy to use and you don't have to worry about adding additional absorbency.
All in TwoAll In Two Nappies
All in two nappies are made up of an absorbant inner layer that poppers in and out of a waterproof outer layer. You can seperate the inner and outer for quick drying.
Pocket NappiesPocket Nappies
Pocket nappies are made up of a waterproof outer layer and a fleece inner layer. There is a pocket inbetween these layers that allow you to use as much or as little absorbancy as you need. You can unstuff them for easy washing and quick drying.
Fitted NappiesFitted Nappies and Covers
Fitted nappies are absorbant cloth nappies which offer the greatest absorbancy and containment. These are often preferred for night nappies and are an excellent option for heavy wetters. You need a waterproof outer layer to use with these nappies.
Flat NappiesFlat Nappies and Covers
These are budget friendly, quick drying squares of absorbency that can be folded and used under a waterproof nappy cover. There are a variety of ways you can fold them from folding it into a flat pad to a kite fold and beyond. These nappies will fit a baby from birth to potty training as they can be folded in a way to fit your growing little one.
Waterproof CoversWaterproof Covers
These tend to be made from PUL although occasionally can be made from lanolised wool. These have no absorbency alone but act as a barrier between the absorbent inner and your little ones clothes. A separate waterproof cover is required when you are using flats or fitted nappies, and is an integral part of all nappy systems.
Personalised Nappy Advice
If you are just starting out or having any issues, please get in touch and we can help advise and support you in your cloth nappy journey. We can offer advice via email, zoom or if you are small group we are happy to come and show you our range of nappies in person. Please get in touch and we aim to respond to all queries within 48 hours.