Why choose re-usable nappies and getting started
An article from BabyKind, a family-run business based in Wales, UK, committed to offering the most convenient cloth nappies at great prices. These days real nappies (reusable, washable or cloth nappies) are easy to use and wash, better for your baby and can save you LOTS of money! Their increasing popularity shows that more and more parents are choosing the kinder option.
Where do I start?
If you are new to cloth nappies and want to find out more, click on the link for some tips on choosing cloth nappies. If you'd like to give real nappies a go and would like to buy a simple kit to try have a look here. Alternatively, consider our nappy trial offer - try one of each of any types of nappy and if you are not happy you can return used for a 70% refund. Read more.
Our cloth nappy range With the demands of a new baby it's not always easy to make the small extra effort to use reusable nappies. In fact it might be the last thing on your mind (we've been there!), so we specialise in modern and convenient reusable nappies. Whilst some are the most popular and tried and tested nappies, we also have a selection of new and innovative nappies and accessories that are likely to become future favourites and some gorgeous 'designer' nappies. We offer a range of organic nappies too.
Information and kits to help you get started
For more information We offer information on cloth nappy issues throughout our site, as well as on our dedicated nappy information pages.
Assistance in choosing and using your kit It can be difficult to know how many of everything you will need, what type will suit your family best etc. If you are unsure about exactly what you will need, or are experiencing any difficulties with your nappying we are happy to try to help. Please email. We offer after-sales support for as long as you need it - we love talking about cloth nappies!
Nappy Kits We have put a lot of thought into putting together some practical, economical and versatile nappy packs and offer them at very competitive prices. If you want to take advantage of our experience and lower prices one of our nappy starter kits might be for you.
'Birth-to-potty' nappy pack. If you are looking for a contemporary, versatile, economical and easy to use 'birth to potty' nappy pack click here, your search has ended!
Design your own kit If you have some ideas about what you would like to buy for the bulk of your cloth nappy kit we can help you put your own kit together. Please email us with your ideas.
Nappy trial So that you can try before you commit to buying all your nappies, we offer a money-back nappy trial option. We also have a number of nappy trial kits available for a very reasonable hire charge so that you can try a wide range of cloth nappies before settling on the ones for your own kit.
Why choose reusable nappies?*
There are lots of reasons that people choose to use reusable nappies. Here are some of them:
Disposable nappies are costly to the environment, ...
- Every day in the UK around 8,000,000 disposable nappies are used and thrown away.
- A child in nappies for two-and-a-half years will probably use approximately 6,000 disposable nappies (based on the recommended 6-7 nappies per day) compared to a baby in cloth nappies who will re-use 24-50 nappies.
- It still isn't known how long it takes for a disposable nappy to break down completely but it is possible that every one ever made still exists and will be around for hundreds of years.
- Disposable nappies use 90 times the amount of renewable resources (e.g. wood pulp) and 8 times the amount of non-regenerable resources (e.g. one cup of crude oil is needed to make one disposable nappy).
- At least four-and-a-half trees are needed to produce the disposable nappies for one baby.
...are costly for the community,
- The council tax payer pays 10p to dispose of every £l's-worth of disposable nappies. This amounts to £40,000,000 each year nationally.
...and costly for parents.
- Disposable nappies for one baby in nappies for two-and-a-half years will cost between £703 (cheapest brands) and £1,104 (dearest brands). Reusable nappies cost from as little as £350 for modern shaped nappies including the costs of the nappies, accessories, washing agents, energy and allowing £150 wear and tear on a washing machine.
- Reusable nappies usually last for more than one baby so can work out very much cheaper in the long run.
Reusable nappies are gentle to your baby...
- Reusable nappies do not contain any potentially harmful super-absorbent gels, deodorants or chemicals.
- They are made from the same fabrics as everyday clothese and give parents control over what they put next to their baby's sensitive and absorbent skin.
- Research has shown that babies using reusable nappies are NOT more likely to get nappy rash. Reusable nappies are soft and comfortable, and stay-dry nappies help to keep babies' skin dry, which helps to prevent nappy rash.
... are easy to use and care for,
- Many of today's parents remember terry squares, pins, plastic pants and boiling! and are put off by the thought of washing dirty nappies and lots of extra laundry. Today's nappies really are easy to care for- take soiled nappy off, shake solids into the loo, put the nappy in dry bucket with lid (lined with nappy mesh bag). On wash day put whole mesh bag into machine and put on rinse cycle, then wash at 60ºC (or 40ºC) with 1/2 of the usual amount of detergent- tumble or hang dry.
- Using reusable nappies will mean an extra load of washing every two-three days- truly unnoticeable compared to the other washing babies and young children produce!
...offer so much choice and versatility...
- Whatever your baby's nappy needs, from newborn poo leaking out of a disposable... to a big four year old out-weeing his night time pull ups, there will be a nappy to meet them!
...they work brilliantly
Please have look at these extracts from an email conversation with a mum new to cloth nappies:"Hi, I've just found your website as I am in a desperate search to find a way for my little boy to stop wetting through the night. He is just 2 years old, is quite tall and is of a wide build. Whatever disposable we put him in he wets through the top of it. Which nappy would you suggest ... Please help as I'm tired! Liz."
And after Liz received her nappy and tried it:"Hi Helen, It has arrived and last night was as dry as a bone! He slept the longest he has slept for a long time!I am more than happy for you to use my comments. I am truly converted and if we have another child I would definitely use these at night from the start. Thanks. Liz"...and of course look really colourful and cute!
- Reusable nappies come in all sorts of designs from pure fluffy white cotton to fun and funky colours and prints to make changing time fun!
*Some information on this page was taken from 'Dumping the Diaper: Sustainable Wales' Reusable Nappy Report (2nd Edition)' (Sustainable Wales is supported by Environmental Wales, a National Assembly initiative with the voluntary sector. http://www.sustainablewales.org.uk, charity number1065789/0) and the Women's Environmental Network (http://www.wen.org.uk).
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