Want to reduce single-use disposable nappies while saving money? Modern cloth nappies are so much easier than you may think - colourful, soft, reliable fabrics and not a wet nappy bucket or nappy pin in sight.
Benefits of reusable nappies
Soft comfortable fabrics. Modern washable nappies can be made from a variety of different fabrics including the traditional terry cotton, super-soft bamboo, and soft, quick-drying man-made fabrics such as microfibre. They also come in a great range of colours and are designed to make a far more comfortable and natural alternative to single-use disposable nappies.
No more bulky nappies with old-fashioned pins! Reusable nappies can be fastened with either poppers, velcro or ’Nappi Nippas’, making them nice and easy to put on. Gone are the days of the old nappy pin!
1970's (and yes, that is me!!) Modern cloth nappies
Great containment. Used in combination with nappy liners (and in some cases) waterproof covers, real nappies provide a convenient and reliable alternative to disposables. Parents are often suprised to find that real nappies are actually more successful at containing solids than disposable nappies.
Early potty training. Experience also shows that babies in reusable nappies tend to potty train months earlier than those in disposables.
Cut down on waste. Even just using washable nappies part time will have a significant effect on the volume of waste you throw away each week - reducing the size of your bin and helping to relieve some of the pressure on our landills.
Less impact on the environment. Washing terry nappies at 40 degrees in just a small amount of detergent and minimising the use of tumble dryers ensures that reusable nappies have less effect on the environment, in terms of carbon emissions, than disposables.
Save you money.
Cost savings of reusable nappies.
Save money with washable nappies.
If using real nappies full time, a newborn will need around:
- 16-20 nappies
- 4 waterproof wraps (required for 2-part nappies, but not 'pocket' nappies)
- accessories such as nappy liners, waterproof bags, bucket.
A full kit, including everything you need, will cost in the region of £300. (Although opting for a cheaper brand will cut costs further!)
- Real Nappies £300-£450 approx depending on the brands used. This includes the nappies plus washing costs (electricity, water, washing powder) up to potty training.
- Disposable nappies £700 -£900 per child.
Also remember that cloth nappies can often be used again on siblings, leading to greater savings.
Want to save more? Some local councils run reusable nappy incentive schemes offering up to £75 cashback to those using reusable nappies.
Spread the cost of real nappies
Too much to pay upfront? Financially, one of the problems with cloth nappies is that you need to buy everything upfront. Although they save you money long-term, they are expensive to buy initially. It may be worth considering buying your nappies over time. Lizzie's Real Nappies offers free postage on orders of over £40, so why not spread the cost, buying, say, £40 worth every month until you have everything you need. Please let us know if you'd like to discuss this further.
Environmental Benefits of Real Nappies
Real nappies can be up to 40% better for the environment than disposables.
This was the finding from the 2008 update to the Environment Agency’s Life Cycle Analysis Report on nappies. Unlike disposables, real nappies put parents in control of the impact they have on the environment, with the carbon savings directly related to how you choose to wash your real nappies.
For example: if you wash your nappies on a full wash at 40 degrees with a tablespoon of washing powder (that's all that's needed), then dry them on the line, an airing cupboard or airer, you'll have far less impact on the environment than if you wash a half wash at 90 degress with a heap of washing powder, and then dry them in the tumble dryer.
Thus, used responsibly; real nappies can be 40% better for the environment than disposable nappies.
Real Nappies and Waste
Real Nappies have next to no impact on landfill sites as opposed to the 3 billion disposable nappies that are thrown away each and every year in the UK, 90% of these are landfilled. A baby in disposables will need about 4,000 nappy changes in total, that’s 4,000 disposable nappies in a landfill site, or 18 Real Nappies hanging on your washing line!