More and more Essex parents are now using cloth nappies, and there are many reasons to give them a try. Not only can they be better for your baby, but they can save you money and also help protect the environment.
Cloth nappies are made of natural comfortable materials such as cotton and bamboo, which are soft and gentle on your baby's skin, compared to disposables which are made of super-absorbent chemicals, paper pulp and plastic.
Cloth nappies can be a little less absorbent than disposables: however the feeling of wetness can act as a stimulant to experiment with bladder control. Babies wearing cloth nappies tend to become potty trained more easily than babies wearing disposable nappies.
On average each baby will need between 4000 and 6000 disposable nappies, or 25 - 30 birth-to-potty cloth nappies. By using cloth nappies you could save £1000 per child, this even takes into account the cost of cleaning. If you have more than one child, you can use the cloth nappies again and again.
If you switch to cloth nappies you'll also reduce the amount of waste going into your black bin each week.
In the UK around 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away each day! As these nappies break down over hundreds of years they will produce methane gas (a strong greenhouse gas) which will contribute to global warming. This is without considering the environmental costs of manufacture and transportation before the disposables make it to the shop.
Cloth nappies can be used again and again. At the end of their useful life they can be recycled at a textile recycling bank.