Why cloth nappies?
If you have found your way to our website, the probability is that you have been giving some thought to the nappy options available for your little one. Below are our top 5 bits of information about cloth nappies. We hope that this helps catalyse your journey to using cloth nappies!
# Nicer for your baby
The bottom line is that when it comes to our little ones, what we care about the most when deciding between different products is whether or not this is the best possible choice for our baby.
Modern cloth nappies are all manufactured using soft and stretchy fabrics such as super soft bamboo, terry cotton and quick drying absorbent microfibre. Cloth nappies do not contain any harsh chemicals, plastics and adhesives that form the basis of disposables and therefore there is no need to apply nappy cream to your baby's bottom. Most mums claim that their babies get less nappy rash when using cloth nappies.
# Kinder to the environment
Babies go through on average 5000 nappy changes before they are potty trained. The 450 billion disposable diapers used each year contribute nearly 77 million tons of solid waste to landfills, and a disposable diaper takes at least 500 years to degrade. Even just using cloth nappies part time will have a significant effect on the reduction of single use plastic as well as the volume of waste hitting landfills every year.
# Better for your bank account
Depending on the brand, disposables can cost around €0.30 each. This means you could easily spend around €45 on disposables a month, or over €1000 by the time your child reaches the age of two. For around €400 you can buy a complete set of cloth nappies including accessories such as nappy buckets and waterproof bags. Most nappies are cleverly designed so they can be adjusted to fit babies from birth to potty, with the exception of preterm babies and tiny newborns. In addition to this, you can reuse cloth nappies for subsequent babies, in which case the saving is even higher!
# Fun to look at
Modern cloth nappies are trim fitting and come in a variety of fabrics and designs that make them super fun to look. You might not even want to cover them up! And that might come in very handy during the hot Maltese summers!
# Easier to potty train
Before disposables hit the market, babies were potty-trained at a much earlier age than they are today. In the 1950’s, toddlers began potty-training at around 11 months. Since cloth nappies do not contain any chemicals or additives, babies feel wet when they soil them. This helps your little one to quickly learn the connection between being wet and needing to go to the toilet.