Choosing between modern cloth nappies and disposable nappies
When it comes to having a baby, one of the biggest decisions you'll make as a parent is choosing between cloth and disposable nappies. While disposable nappies may seem like the convenient choice, there are several reasons why modern cloth nappies (MCN) are a better choice for both your baby and the environment. Here is very quick run down of the consideration involved and the reasons why cloth nappies might be a good choice for you and your family.
One of the biggest advantages of cloth nappies is that they're cost-effective in the long run. While the initial investment may be more expensive than buying disposable nappies, over time, cloth nappies can save you a lot of money. On average, parents spend around $1,000 a year on disposable nappies, while cloth nappies can cost as little as $300 to $500 and last from birth until toilet training.
- Better for the environment
Disposable nappies take hundreds of years to decompose, and they're a significant source of landfill waste. According to a report from the Australian government, disposable nappies are the third-largest source of household waste, accounting for 5.6% of all waste produced. In contrast, cloth nappies can be washed and reused, reducing waste and your carbon footprint.
- Healthier for your baby
Disposable nappies often contain chemicals and synthetic materials that can irritate your baby's skin. Many babies also experience nappy rash and other skin irritations from disposable nappies. Cloth nappies, on the other hand, are made from natural fibres like cotton, bamboo, or hemp, which are gentle on your baby's delicate skin.
- More comfortable
Cloth nappies are more comfortable for babies than disposable nappies. They're soft, breathable, and don't have the stiff edges or elastic bands that can leave marks on your baby's skin. Cloth nappies also allow for better airflow, which can help prevent diaper rash and other skin irritations.
- Easy to use
While cloth nappies may seem intimidating at first, they're actually quite easy to use. Modern cloth nappies come in a variety of styles and designs, including all-in-ones, pockets, and hybrids. They're also easy to wash, and you don't need to do it as often as you would with disposable nappies.
If you'd like any help in getting started with cloth nappies, we are here to guide you. You may find starting with a trial pack takes the stress out of choosing and using cloth nappies.