More on why to buy cloth
Better for the Planet
Reusable cloth nappies halve the ecological footprint of disposable nappies. Every child in disposable nappies will add a minimum of 6,500 disposable nappies to our landfills - that’s about 1 tonne of rubbish, which take up to 500 years to decompose. Over 30 billion disposable nappies are sent to landfill around the world, consuming approximately 150,000 tons of plastic and 1.2 million tons of tree pulp every year.
Not to mention, every time a soiled disposable nappy is added to landfill, with it goes the raw faecal matter. Viruses found in the faeces can pose a threat to our water supplies and wildlife by seeping through cracks that develop in landfills.
Better for our Health
We all want a chemical free lifestyle for our babies. However, with disposable nappies, there is the question of what is hidden in some disposable nappies, including the various chemicals used to make the disposable nappies and fragrances that can irritate sensitive baby skin.
The most serious concern is the toxic chemicals, such as Dioxin, which in various forms has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, and skin diseases. Dioxin is a by-product of the paper-bleaching process used in manufacturing disposable diapers, and trace quantities may exist in the diapers themselves.
Other chemicals include Sodium Polyacrylate used to absorb moisture in disposables and is the same substance that was removed from tampons in 1985 because of its link to toxic shock syndrome. “Polypropylene and other synthetics and chemicals are the primary raw materials for manufacturing nonwoven fabrics, which are used in disposable diapers” - Kimberly Clark.
This is not even including all the fragrances added to the nappies and the potential effects these have, including hormonal effects.
At the time of writing this article, no studies have been done on the long-term effects of the chemicals used in disposable nappies being in contact with a baby’s reproductive organs 24 hours a day for upwards of two years! Do you trust them?
Better for our Wallet
On average, parents spend $4,000 on disposable nappies per child. We worked out that using our nappies you will spend $875 (including laundering expenses) for your first child, and since our nappies can be reused, it costs even less for your second or third child. In fact, Real Nappies cloth nappies are guaranteed for at least two children!
Where’s that math coming from?
Let’s think about it - your beautiful little bundle of joy is going through approximately 10-12 nappies a day at newborn stage and about 6 per day as he or she gets older. This adds up to 6,500 nappies over the course of time they are in nappies until toilet trained, regardless of if they use disposable or cloth. So, that’s 6,500 nappies.
The average disposable nappy costs around $0.30 - $0.88 (depending on brand and size). In practice, the majority of people end up paying top price for their nappies, however, for this calculation let’s assume the average spend is somewhere in the middle. So the average cost of a nappy is $0.70.
This comes to a total cost of 6500 x 0.70 = $4,550.
Even at the cheapest of $0.30 the total cost would be ($0.30 x 6500) $1,950.
Using Real Nappies it will cost you:
Birth to Potty pack ($700) + Washing costs (approx. $180 over two years) = $880 and that’s just for the first child (and assuming you wash your nappies separately). The second child will be washing costs only!!!
Approx Savings: $4550 - $880 = $3670 per child! That’s a flight to Europe (just imagine sitting in Italy telling your friends you are there because you used cloth nappies!)
Better on our Time
Most cloth nappy designs were born out of other’s frustrations. Real Nappies is no different and were designed to answer those frustrations. That’s why Real Nappies were designed with leakproof, snug fastenings, and built in gussets. We are saving you time changing outfits from leaky nappies. Also, you have them all on hand, no more late night dashes to the supermarket. What if you run out and the shops are closed. Have some cloth nappies on hand so you can use them part-time or full-time.
Home laundering is not as difficult as you think. Most parents are putting the machine on most days anyway, so what’s the extra it takes to add a few dirty nappies? And it would take less time to dump a load of cloth nappies in the washing machine and transfer to the dryer than it does to shop for disposables, load them into the car, unload them at home and take out the extra garbage can each week.
Also, if you have a screaming or fussing child, wouldn't you rather that happened at home while you are putting on a load of washing, than embarrassingly in the supermarket aisles?
Another time factor - earlier potty training! We all wait for the day when we don’t have to change another dirty nappy (whether disposable or cloth). The advantage of using cloth nappies is that the child actually feels when he or she is wet and wants to get out of his or her nappies sooner. Now many children go from disposable nappies to disposable pull-ups and are 4 or 5 years old before they are starting to potty train - this has an even bigger economic and environmental factor.
Every parent is different and everyone has their own reasons, but whatever your reason, you will find Real Nappies as easy to use as disposables, but without all the rubbish. With our gorgeous soft and colourful covers, our gentle snuggly cotton inserts and our optional flushable liners, cloth nappies have never been so easy. For busy, discerning parents looking for beautifully crafted nappies that last the distance (and are guaranteed for 2 babies), look no further.