Reusable vs Disposable
I myself love cloth nappies (Reusable Nappies); I think they are super cute, and make nappy changing a little more bearable, well for me anyway.
Back in the “old” days, people used terry towelling with pins, and some mums still do, and there is nothing wrong with this method. It’s a personal preference. Designs have come on since then, and technology has advanced. All brands vary with the fitting and absorbency. Many have Velcro fastenings and some are popper/snap fastening. Some are designed with a waterproof liner (PUL-polyester/polyurethane laminated) so no need for a waterproof nappy wrap, some are very bulky, but many are very slim fitting, and some brands you stuff with various types of inserts.
Inserts and boosters are crucial for any parent and building up a supply of different ones are highly recommended. There are so many to choose from and each will enable you to customise the levels of absorbency you need for your child. There’s Hemp, Bamboo, Charcoal Bamboo, Microfiber, Cotton, Minky and Zorb.
DON’T EVER PUT MICROFIBRE AGAINST YOUR CHILDS SKIN. Microfibre absorbs so well, it will absorb all the moisture and can cause a nasty, sore rash.
Let’s talk about the materials of inserts-
Cotton- One of the first materials ever used for cloth nappies. It’s a very affordable, inexpensive natural fabric.
Bamboo- A popular choice amongst many families. Bamboo fleece is another name for it, and it is beautifully soft on little bottoms and wicks away moisture so they stay dry, and don’t feel the wetness.
Charcoal Bamboo- Charcoal Bamboo Inserts supposedly has antibacterial qualities; they are grey in colour so have a added benefit of hiding stains. I’m not convinced of the antibacterial qualities because washing them on a 60/90-degree wash should do this anyway. After all, heat kills bacteria… right?
Microfiber- DON’T EVER PUT MICROFIBRE AGAINST SKIN. Microfiber is not natural, but very absorbent and a popular choice as a booster. They dry super fast. The reason for not putting directly against your babies skin is that it is extremely absorbent and can dry out skin, and irritate and possibly cause burns.
Hemp- Hemp is a favourite of mine, they are long lasting, super duper absorbent, and very slim fitting.
Minky- is quite a new choice amongst families; it’s not something I have used. Not a natural product. Minky is a stay dry material and very absorbent. Very similar to microfiber so I have been told, and won’t stain as easy, which is a bonus.
Zorb- My personal favourite. In business, it’s known as the superabsorbent material. It is a blend of bamboo, cotton, viscose and microfiber, and they are brilliant. They soak up so much, it absorbs 10x times its weight in moisture.
I usually use a combo of Zorb and a Bamboo Booster or Charcoal Bamboo with 2 bamboo Boosters.
Now onto the different types of reusable nappies out there on the market. It is an absolute minefield.
There are- All in One Pocket Nappies, All in Two Pocket Nappies, Hybrid Nappies, Flat Nappies (Terries, Prefolds), and Fitted 2 part nappies.
It is down to preference as to which one you want to use. It’s worth joining a few groups on Facebook. Check if you have a local nappy library. They are brilliant for trialling nappies, at a low cost. It enables you to use a variety of different brands to see what you prefer.
Here are a few frightful statistics that did help my thought process. If you add up all the £5 pack of nappies or the £10/£14 pack of larger nappies, it horrifying to think all that money you spend you are essentially throwing away into landfill!!! On average parents spend £2000 over 2.5 years on nappies, bags, and baby wipes.
The initial start up cost of using reusable nappies can be high but think about the long-term savings… Each nappy depending on brand can cost £10-£20, and then boosters and inserts usually £1-£3 each depending on the material. You need a nappy bin also. Also, take into account of waterproof wraps if you need them. After the initial start-up costs, you only need to take into account the laundry costs and baby wipes (or you can go reusable of these too).
You can buy a whole array of cloth nappy brands on preloved sites, and facebook groups where people buy, trade and sell.
Some nappy brands hold their resale value too, and some go up in price, depending on the print/limited edition prints etc. It could pay off if you have any rare ones…
I wish you luck in finding your perfect nappy brand.
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