As a parent, especially during the first few weeks, you quickly realise just how vital frequent nappy changes are to a baby’s happiness, health and hygiene.
With such delicate skin, it’s not just the frequency of changing that can prevent soreness, the quality of the fabric is paramount too. Many disposable nappies contain chemicals and materials that can irritate your baby’s skin. Yet, they’re also not environmentally friendly, contributing to needless landfill. Reusable nappies were once the norm, but their popularity has soared over the last five years. Below are just a few of the key reasons why parents all across the globe have decided to switch from disposable to reusable:
It’s a sad reality, but we live in an increasingly chemicalised environment, and the chemicals used in disposable nappies vary considerably. For example, Anses, the French agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety, found “a number of hazardous chemicals in disposable nappies that could migrate through urine, for example, and enter into prolonged contact with babies’ skin”. Some were added intentionally, notably perfumes, yet it highlights the importance of researching these products before investing in them. With all of our reusable nappies, you’re guaranteed natural untreated certified organic cotton and wool nappies that are breathable and moisture-absorbent, providing extra comfort.
This may be an obvious advantage, yet we’re seeing a trend whereby disposable nappy manufacturers play down or reject the environmental difference between their products and real nappies. Disposable nappies are the third largest consumer item in landfills representing 30% of non-biodegradable consumer waste. The only other items that outnumber these products are newspapers and beverage and food containers. The moment you switch to reusable nappies, you not only protect your child’s delicate skin, but you also help shape a more sustainable future – playing a pivotal role in reducing landfill.
We’ve touched on this already, but it’s a key reason why many parents switch to soft organic cloth nappies. Our reusable nappies are made of natural chemical-free materials and we’ve found babies love these soft stretchy fluffy fabrics, yet they’re breathable too, preventing soreness.
The average disposable nappy costs around $0.30 - $0.88 in Australia, so you could easily spend $60 a month (or more) on disposables, or over $1,800 by the time your child reaches two and a half. When you invest in disposable nappies, you significantly reduce these high costs. Furthermore, there is very little wastage, because modern reusables are cleverly designed, so they can be adjusted to fit most baby sizes.
Modern cloth nappies are available in a variety of colours and designs, from stretchy wool nappies to delicate cotton. You’ll unearth a medley of beautiful styles on our website in various materials and tones, yet we also provide plenty of complementary products, including organic baby bottom cream, cotton breast pads and wool shampoo. You can learn more about our collections on our website, but if you have any questions or need some help choosing the right reusable nappies for your little one, please send us a message here.
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