Why Real Nappies?

Better for Baby

 

A wet nappy does not cause nappy rash.  A soiled nappy causes nappy rash, as does teething, illness or change of diet.   Change your baby every few hours to prevent nappy rash.  Disposable nappies are made of superabsorbent chemicals, paper pulp and plastics while real nappies are mostly made of natural fabrics.   Babies that wear nappies that get wet, such as cotton or bamboo are stimulated to experiment with bladder control and tend to potty and night train more easily than babies that wear ‘stay dry’ nappies.

 

Better for You

 

Good for your wallet:  a recent study showed a saving of at least £1,000 compared to disposables. Some nappies can be used for more than one baby meaning further savings.  As a rule, 2 part systems are more durable than pocket nappies.

Type of NappyWeekly CostUpfront CostCost Per NappyTotal Cost
(Over 130 Weeks)
Standard Disposables£5014.4p£650
Eco - Disposables£17049p£2,210
Cloth Nappies£1.63 *£120 - £300depends on type of nappy£325 - £505
* £1 per week on washing, 63p on disposable liners, if used.

 

Better for London

 

Britain throws away nearly three billion nappies a year. That’s around eight million a day.  90% of disposables end up in landfill, where they can take more than 300 years to break down.  If they do eventually breakdown in landfill, disposable nappies produce methane gas which adds to global warming.     Using real nappies means less waste. Even if you just use them sometimes, you are still making a difference. By using just one real nappy in place of a disposable every day could save a staggering 730 nappies from landfill – all from just one baby!

 

Eco Fashion

 

Not only are real nappies good for the environment, they also look good.  You can make a difference by showing your baby off wearing a real nappy.  Research shows that if you think you are the only one using real nappies you are much more likely to stop using them.   Meet up with other local parents who use them – you will probably find you have a lot in common. Congratulate them on their great choice.  Find local events near you.

 

Encourages Earlier Potty Training

 

Since the dominance of disposable nappies, children are potty training at three rather than two years old or even younger. When your baby is changed from a wet cotton nappy to a dry one they feel the difference, it stimulates their curiosity about cause and effect and they start to experiment with holding and releasing their bladder – thus developing the necessary muscles. You will then see the signs that they are ready to potty train.  Some manufacturers are even marketing “wet feel” disposable nappies to help with potty training – when cloth nappies already perform this function!

 

Better for Baby

A wet nappy does not cause nappy rash.  A soiled nappy causes nappy rash, as does teething, illness or change of diet.   Change your baby every few hours to prevent nappy rash.  Disposable nappies are made of superabsorbent chemicals, paper pulp and plastics while real nappies are mostly made of natural fabrics.   Babies that wear nappies that get wet, such as cotton or bamboo are stimulated to experiment with bladder control and tend to potty and night train more easily than babies that wear ‘stay dry’ nappies.

Better for You

Good for your wallet:  a recent study showed a saving of at least £1,000 compared to disposables. Some nappies can be used for more than one baby meaning further savings.  As a rule, 2 part systems are more durable than pocket nappies.

 

Type of NappyWeekly CostUpfront CostCost Per NappyTotal Cost
(Over 130 Weeks)
Standard Disposables£5014.4p£650
Eco - Disposables£17049p£2,210
Cloth Nappies£1.63 *£120 - £300depends on type of nappy£325 - £505
* £1 per week on washing, 63p on disposable liners, if used.
Better for London

Britain throws away nearly three billion nappies a year. That’s around eight million a day.  90% of disposables end up in landfill, where they can more than 300 years to break down.  If they do eventually breakdown in landfill, disposable nappies produce methane gas which adds to global warming.     Using real nappies means less waste. Even if you just use them sometimes, you are still making a difference. By using just one real nappy in place of a disposable every day could save a staggering 730 nappies from landfill – all from just one baby!

Eco Fashion

Not only are real nappies good for the environment, they also look good.  You can make a difference by showing your baby off wearing a real nappy.  Research shows that if you think you are the only one using real nappies you are much more likely to stop using them.   Meet up with other local parents who use them – you will probably find you have a lot in common. Congratulate them on their great choice.  Find local events near you.

Encourages Early Potty Training

Since the dominance of disposable nappies, children are potty training at three rather than two years old or even younger. When your baby is changed from a wet cotton nappy to a dry one they feel the difference, it stimulates their curiosity about cause and effect and they start to experiment with holding and releasing their bladder – thus developing the necessary muscles. You will then see the signs that they are ready to potty train.  Some manufacturers are even marketing “wet feel” disposable nappies to help with potty training – when cloth nappies already perform this function!

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