New baby on the way? Or maybe you've just welcomed one into the world. Whichever way, you're going to quickly realise that nappy changes will be a frequent (and recurring) newfound hobby for at least a couple of years. When it comes to choosing the right nappies that work for your baby and your lifestyle, there are two main options - cloth nappies and regular disposable nappies. Cloth diapers are pieces of absorbent rectangular or square fabric which you're able to use again and again. Conversely, disposable nappies are designed for one-use only and thrown out after they're soiled. Modern cloth nappies have come a long way from what they once were though and are definitely a lot more user friendly. Keep reading to find out why you should consider making the switch (or starting immediately) with reusable nappies.
Why You Should Consider Using Cloth Nappies
We're all for you doing you as parents, but we want you to understand some of the key benefits of choosing reusable cloth nappies instead of disposables.
- Eco-friendly: Cloth nappies do a much better job at reducing land waste compared to disposables which account for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of landfill every year.
- Breathable: Cool modern cloth nappies are even more breathable thanks to their outer PUL waterproof covering.
- Cost effective: You actually save money by choosing reusable baby nappies. You'll buy an initial set of 20-24 fabric nappies and then perhaps another set when they've grown a bit bigger but that's it. With disposable nappies, you'll need to constantly replace them.
- Comfort: Soft cloth nappies can even feel more comfortable on delicate baby skin compared to disposables. Just make sure to change them regularly so your child isn't sitting in a wet nappy for too long which can cause the dredded nappy rash.
Types of Cloth Nappies
Not all cloth nappies are created equal! Here's a little summary of the different kinds you can choose from:
- Traditional cloth squares: Made from an absorbent fabric but it's best to also use a waterproof outer layer with them.
- Pre-folded: Shaped like a pad and inside a waterproof cover.
- All-in-one nappies: Shaped nappies with a waterproof cover and absorbent inner proof layer. Fastened with velcro or studs.
How To Use Cloth Nappies
This depends on what kind of cloth nappies you're using - traditional cloth or all-in-ones.
**To use towelling nappies: **
- Fold the nappy: There are lots of different ways to do this but here's one way. Lay the cloth flat, fold in half, and then in half again. Take the bottom left corner of the top layer and pull it straight across in a horizontal line to make a triangle shape. Then flip the entire cloth over and take the top two layers on the left and fold it into a pad shape in the middle.
- Place your baby in the middle of the nappy. Pull the front section up between your baby's legs and fold in the sides firmly before attaching with a safety pin or modern secure pins.
**To use All-In-One Nappies: **
- These ones are the easiest kinds of baby cloth nappies to use in our opinion.
- Simply open the nappy, fold the 'booster' section up slightly and place baby ontop before fastening the nappy securely with the velcro or snap buttons.
When it comes to using reuseable nappies, it's really important to maintain good hygiene to prevent nappy rash. You never want to leave baby in wet diaper for long so make sure to regularly change your baby's nappy. Remember to also wash cloth nappies separate from other laundry using a fragrance-free detergent. Never use fabric softener as it can irritate baby skin.
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