In the current climate where our once accessible, everyday essentials, are now under strain, you may find yourself having to improvise with certain items. Using those tins at the back of the cupboard to create a mealtime masterpiece is one thing, but when it comes to your baby you should never have to compromise on quality or comfort, especially when it comes to nappies. So, if you are planning ahead and considering the switch from disposable to reusable nappies then here are ten fantastic reasons that we can’t wait to share!
1. They are convenient
With the luxury of being able to pop to the shop for an emergency re-stock when the basket is empty (we’ve all been there) becoming less dependable, having reusable nappies close by takes away the pressure, so you can just reach in the drawer and choose your favourite design.
2. You don't have to stick to one method
Rest assured that the nappy police will not come after you if you decide to switch between both disposable and reusable. You will find your own balance should you decide to switch between, it's just handy to know they are there, plus you never know, your baby may even prefer them.
3. They last for years
No more leaky disposables when your baby is between sizes. Reusable nappies fit your baby perfectly thanks to their adjustable fastenings, taking them from birth all the way up to potty training.
4. They are cheaper
Throughout a child's early years they can use in excess of 5000 disposable nappies, I know 5000! Which, I’m sure you’ll agree is a staggering amount. Compare this to your average 20 to 30 reusable nappies for the same period and it’s not hard to see where savings can be made. So where the initial cost of cloth nappies may seem expensive, the overall cost far outweighs that of disposable nappies. Food for thought.
5. They are better for the environment
Let's talk about landfill. With approximately 5000 disposable nappies per child going to landfill, it’s no surprise that it takes its toll on the environment. Disposable nappies are made from a combination of plastics, tissue pulp and chemicals which emit greenhouse gases and other pollutants as they begin to break down. Reusable nappies are made from natural materials such as bamboo, hemp and cotton, therefore, reducing the impact on the environment. Plus, when washed on a 40-degree heat and left to air dry they are no more harmful to the environment as part of your standard washing process.
6. They are SO cute
Now we’ve established the facts, can we just take a moment to appreciate how insanely cute they are. With an array of designs available, we don’t know who will have more fun choosing which one to wear for the day, you or your baby. There are plenty of designs for you to choose from, with Totsbots nappies, Close Parent Nappies and Baba and Boo nappies all offering adorable designs.
7. They are easy to use
A common complaint is that many parents don’t know how to use reusable nappies, but in actual fact, it couldn’t be easier. Simply insert a nappy liner into your chosen design and away you go. The nappy can be easily adjusted using the popper fastening for the perfect fit.
8. They can be reused on siblings
This is another huge benefit for both you and the environment. Organic cotton is extremely durable and made to last so you can easily store reusable nappies away until the next sibling arrives, therefore saving the expense of another eye-watering amount of nappies. Available in an abundance of unisex prints to keep the costs down further, these beautiful cloth nappies will last a lifetime.
9. You can share your knowledge
For many new parents, disposable nappies are all they know, so it might be nice to share your experience with friends and family who may also benefit from the switch to reusable nappies. But remember, it’s a personal preference, there's no right or wrong, whichever you choose.
10. They are kind to your babies skinOrganic fabric has to be seen (or touched) to be believed. It’s super soft fibres are free from harmful chemicals making it kinder to your baby's skin with reusable nappies being a firm favourite of those who suffer from the dreaded nappy rash. For more advice on nappy rash, take a look at our other blog on what causes nappy rash.