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8 Reasons to Use Cloth Nappies

8 Reasons to Use Cloth Nappies

I was originally going to title this post as " 8 Reasons You Should Use Cloth Nappies” and then remembered how I hate reading blogs that tell me what to do so I thought I would spare you from the same.

If you are reading this I’m going to guess that you are either using cloth nappies and want to confirm your decision or you already have a seed planted and you are looking for more information. Either way, I’d like to think this will help you or interest you in some way. So let's look at the reasons for using cloth nappies.

1. To help the Planet

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Approximately one million disposable nappies are thrown away a DAY in Ireland alone. Each day. Every. Single. Day. They are sent to landfill where they stay for an estimated 500 years, slowly breaking down into micro plastics. In the process, they release harmful methane gas into our atmosphere as well as leaking toxins into our soil and waterways. This occurs at the end of their life, after just one use.

What about the beginning of their lifespan? In the U.K, 7 million trees are cut down each year for the manufacturing of the core layer in disposable nappies. Millions of trees world wide take time and energy to grow, only to be cut down to be peed or pooed on once and then discarded. 

I don’t write to scaremonger, that’s not how I roll but I think it is vitally important to see these figures and know that we have an alternative to dramatically reduce them.

 

2. To Save Money

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This is another popular reason for a lot of parents. Often, Mums and Dads start researching cloth nappies and are shocked by the price for just one nappy. (I’m including myself in this). We often forget that the value of a reusable item is given back through our savings over time. 
Let’s have a look at some basic figures. And I mean basic because my maths have and always will be abysmal.
 
One child in disposable nappies for roughly 3 years will cost you just over €1000. One child in reusable nappies for the same amount of time can cost you anywhere between €150 to €600 for nappies and relevant accessories. This figure is broad due to the different spending patterns of parents and caregivers. Some choose pre-loved to help keep costs down. Others go for top of the range brands and spare no expense. The best thing is that the choice is yours.
 
The real saving you make is when you can use those nappies for subsequent children. Even if you decide not to have any more children, there is a huge pre-loved market on Facebook and advertising websites.

 

3. Keep Chemicals Away from Baby’s Bum

Photo by Alex Kondratiev on Unsplash

(Photo by Alex Kondratiev on Unsplash)

This was another important reason for me personally. When I was a baby, I was allergic to disposable nappies and would break out in a nasty rash. This continued into my teenage life. When "Aunt Flow" first came knocking at my door at the tender age of 13, I quickly realized I was allergic to disposable sanitary pads also. Ouch.

Most commercial disposable nappies contain chemicals including bleach, glues, SAP, dioxins and pesticides. I go into a little more depth on this in my blog I wrote for Labelless Mum. You can have a read of it here; http://labellessmum.com/whats-in-a-disposable-nappy/

 

4. Never Worry About Running Out

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There is nothing worse than when it’s coming up to baby’s bed time and you realize you're out of nappies! With reusable nappies you never have this problem. At the very beginning of the Covid19 pandemic, while people were stockpiling their packets of nappies, I was hanging mine out to dry. 

 

5. They are Fricking Cuuuuuuute!

(Photo Baba and Boo 'Umbrellas' in Newborn size)

When I was pregnant, I didn’t understand people’s fascination with prints. They are just a piece of cloth that a baby wees and poops in right? Wrong! They are so adorable on baby and will make you wish it was summer all year round so you can show off your baby's cloth bum. I realized the obsession as soon as I put one on my baby and gave that big butt a cuddle. Simply gorgeous.

 

6. They Provide Hip Support

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Due to extra bulk of cloth nappies, they can gently push your baby’s hips into the optimum position. Some doctors have even recommend putting baby in cloth from birth to help with hip dysplasia which can sometimes prevent baby needing to wear a hip brace.

7. Less Nappy Rash

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Many manufactures of disposable nappies try to market them as causing less nappy rashes for your baby. However, I believe the opposite to this belief. Although cloth nappies are bigger on baby, this doesn’t mean that they are hotter. Cloth nappies are often made from breathable materials unlike disposables which are essentially made from plastic. Some babies are prone to rashes whether they are in disposables or cloth but I'm happy to say we have been nappy rash free for 2 years. 

 

8. You Have Support

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Okay holding a strangers hand is a thing of the past now thanks to Covid19 but you have plenty of support on your cloth nappy journey. My inbox is always open if you have any questions or need advice. And it's not just me. There are Facebook groups and other cloth nappy bloggers in Ireland and further afield. Parents who use cloth nappies are usually super passionate about the subject and will gladly help you in any way they can. 

Whether you would like to use cloth part time, full time or somewhere in between, the choice is yours and I am happy to help.

 

You can email me at amy.thenappycamper@gmail.com

or dm on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/nappycamper/

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I look forward to hearing from you.

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