We all know that with babies, nappies are an unavoidable part of life. A staggering 3.75 million disposable nappies are used each day in Australia and New Zealand, and it takes about one cup of crude oil to make each nappy. Taking approximately 150 to breakdown disposable nappies are becoming a less appealing option for a lot of people.
So, thoughts turn to the alternatives. But when most people think of using cloth nappies, idea of the large terry towelling squares, with all the soaking, washing, folding and bulk can seem a bit overwhelming! Thankfully, there are now a host of more appealing options. Over the past ten years there has been an explosion in the range of designs and availability of modern cloth nappies (MCN).
MCN are designed to be put straight on Bub, just like a disposable. They come in a range of configurations and materials, but one thing they all have in common is that they no longer need to be soaked and there’s no need for a nappy bucket. These nappies do best with a pre-wash in the washing machine, then in with the rest of the load. Generally, using cloth nappies only takes about 5 minutes extra onto your normal washing cycle. The Australian team behind CleanClothNappies.com have a wealth of information and can answer any question you can thing of. With the ease of use of MCN, they are now accepted by most childcare centres and are easy enough to take camping and on holidays.
In addition to reducing waste, MCN are also better for the health of your baby and your wallet. Setting up a supply of nappies costs between $250 – $700, depending on the brands and materials you choose. This is compared to approximately $3,000 per child for disposable nappies. Good quality second-hand nappies are also very available through marketplace websites. Finally, MCNs contain far fewer chemicals than the disposable ones. The absorbent gels, odour neutralisers, fragrances and dioxins in disposable nappies are often the cause of nappy rash. Nappy rash is far less common when using MCNs and is often recommended for those with sensitivities.
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