When babies are born, they say goodbye to a familiar, sterile environment and hello to the big wide world! This means they are exposed to a whole host of newness including creams, clothes, bath time and of course . . . nappies. While it’s quite common for babies to develop minor skin rashes during the early months as they adjust to their new surroundings, they are usually nothing to worry about and will disappear on their own with no treatment required. Unfortunately, this is not always the case with a nappy rash as nappies are in such close contact with your babies skin, therefore there are many factors that can cause nappy rash including:
- Not changing the nappies frequently enough
- Not cleaning your baby properly
- Soaps, washing powders, bubble bath
- Baby wipes
Cloth nappies vs disposable nappies
To cloth or not to cloth? That is the question. While the subject of cloth vs disposable is often a hot topic of conversation amongst new parents, the key factor when trying to prevent nappy rash is to change them often, whichever you choose. That said, the benefits of cloth nappies are most definitely worth shouting about. Not only are they super soft and comfortable to wear, but the microfibre lining locks moisture away keeping your baby dryer for longer, therefore reducing the chances of nappy rash. Plus they are extremely long-lasting, cost-effective and available in a choice of the cutest prints, we especially love the Baba and Boo cloth nappy collection.
How to use cloth nappies
If you have never used a cloth nappy, you would be forgiven for thinking they were fiddly, bulky or difficult to clean but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Modern cloth nappies have come along way since the terry towelling nappies of yesteryear. No more hand washing, nappy pins or smelly nappy buckets. Today's cloth nappies are super absorbent, fully adjustable and machine washable, how's that for convenience?! We advise washing your nappy on a 40-degree wash before use, then all you have to do is insert the liner into the nappy pocket and away you go. Each nappy can be securely fastened with the adjustable poppers which ensure the perfect fit for your baby from birth to potty training.
Are cloth nappies good for the environment?
When considering waste, storage and overall cost, the advantages of cloth nappies far outweigh their disposable rivals. With billions of disposable nappies going to landfill every year, the impact on the environment is, as you can imagine, phenomenal. By the time they are potty trained, the average toddler could have used approximately 5000 disposable nappies as opposed to 20/30 cloth nappies throughout the same period. And don’t forget this is based on just 1 child, so when you introduce siblings to the mix, the number of disposable nappies required can be quite literally through the roof! Whereas with cloth nappies they can be reused and even handed down, making them excellent value for money too. The only elements that may be questioned with cloth nappies are energy, water and household costs when it comes to washing. A previous report from the Environment Agency suggested that the carbon emissions would be the same, if not more than disposables, however, this was based on boil washing, tumble drying and ironing which of course would not be the usual actions of an environmentally conscious parent. So it's no surprise that some people questioned their sustainability, but we can assure you that a simple rinse, followed by a 40-degree wash and natural drying would be more than sufficient for keeping emissions low.
What are the benefits of using cloth nappies
As we’ve touched on earlier, cloth nappies offer so much more than a squishy bum. They are cost-effective, super soft, super absorbent, easy to use and did we mention the fantastic choice of designs available? So dreamy that we guarantee smiles for both you and your little one with every wear, so all you have to do is choose.
How to treat nappy rash
If nappy rash does strike, then don’t worry, we’ve put together some handy tips to ensure your baby is comfortable at all times:
- Change the nappy regularly or better still allow a little no nappy time each day to help circulate fresh air, just be prepared for any accidents along the way!
- Clean your baby properly. Fragranced wipes are not advised on babies who are suffering from nappy rash, so we recommend warm water where possible.
- Barrier creams are a popular choice in preventing nappy rash, just remember to use a liner when using a cloth nappy to protect the fabric.
- Alternatively, we love a nappy spray such as Harry & Rose baby nappy spray. This innovative formula contains all natural ingredients to soothe, moisturise and protect. Plus with no need to rub, this spray is ideal for keeping your baby happy and calm during a nappy change.