Have you ever considered reusable nappies?
What are reusable nappies?
Cloth nappies are nappies that are washed and reused multiple times as opposed to disposable ones which are used once then thrown away. They can be combined with a water resistant outside layer and with an absorbent inner layer, this can enable you to take your baby swimming! They can fit newborns to toddlers, and come with different fastenings from velcro, clips or press studs.
The layer that is next to your babys skin, is usually made from softer materials like, terry cotton, super soft bamboo, and some when washed are quick drying fabrics like microfibre. There are lots of different reusable nappies you can choose from. Parents are often surprised to find that real nappies are actually more successful at containing solids than disposables! They can also help with early potty training because of the absorbant fabrics, it helps your child to associate feeling wet with the sensation of needing a wee.
Why use reusable nappies?
It can be a big decision to opt for reusable nappies. However, households could save money by switching from single use nappies to reusable nappies. The reusable nappies are kinder on the pocket and the planet. By the time a baby is potty trained between 4,000 and 6,000 disposable nappies are sent to landfill which can take around 500 years to decompose, this has a large impact on the environment. Around 20 - 30 reusable nappies would be required for the same length of time. You also can buy kits, that are tailor made for your little one.
What are the benefits?
Cloth nappies are highly absorbent and have really good elastic round the legs and waist, giving better containment and fewer leakages than disposable nappies. They are also softer and kinder on your baby's bottom because they are breathable, chemical free and skin friendly, helping to avoid nappy rash. The reusable nappy will last around 400 washes before it starts to degrade. Reusable nappies are becoming more popular now due to their unique patterns and designs, they can even be matched to the little ones outfit! They are very easy to use and made from versatile fabrics which have the best fit and performance which can help with the busy lives of parenting.
If you would like to know more information about reusable nappies, this is a really good website to get you started Go Real Nappies . It gives information on where to buy them too.
You can join in with this by looking at Supportive Sloths North West. They are a company that cover St Helens, Wigan and Warrington. They offer support on reusable nappies and slings to carry your baby in.