When choosing between disposable nappies and reusable cloth nappies cost, convenience and the environment all come into play. Disposable nappies are convenient but most babies will go through 4 to 6,000 nappies by the time they are toilet-trained.
That’s a lot of nappies in landfill considering they contain plastic that takes many years to decompose!
Modern cloth nappies (MCNs) have come a long way since the old terry cloth squares. They usually feature a water-resistant cover, leak-proof elasticised leg holes and absorbent padding and liner. Initially MCNs are more expensive - but your child may only need around 24 in total – so in the long run they are potentially cheaper.
Check out the Choice website for a detailed comparison of MCNs vs disposable nappies.
Perhaps you’re not ready to switch completely at first, but you can take small steps like using reusables at home or perhaps a swim nappy when next in the pool.
Want to know more? Register for our next Reusable Nappies webinar with Alice from Nappy Lane.