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 super-absorbent 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

A recent study showed a saving of up to £1,000 compared to buying disposables nappies. You can make even more savings by buying reusable nappies second-hand or using nappies on subsequent children. The following table is a scenario of savings made from reusable nappies:

Type of NappyCost Per NappyWeekly CostUpfront CostTotal Cost
(Over 130 Weeks)
Standard Disposables15p£6.300£819
Eco Disposables25p£10.500£1,365
Reusable Nappiesdepends on type of nappy£1.63 *£120 - £300£331.90 - £511.90

* £1 per week on washing, 63p on disposable liners, if used.

Better for London

An average of 128,000 babies are born in London every year. If each of them used at least 4,000 single-use nappies over 2.5 years, 512 million nappies would be wasted over that time, with most going to incineration. Using reusable 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 912 nappies from landfill or incineration – all from just one baby!

 

Eco Fashion

Not only are reusable nappies good for the environment, they also look good. You can make a difference by showing your baby off wearing a reusable nappy. Research shows that if you think you are the only one using reusable 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 reusable 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 NappyCost Per NappyWeekly CostUpfront CostTotal Cost
(Over 130 Weeks)
Standard Disposables15p£6.300£819
Eco Disposables25p£10.500£1,365
Reusable Nappiesdepends on type of nappy£1.63 *£120 - £300£331.90 - £511.90

* £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!