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Modern cloth nappies, as the name suggests, are today’s version of the traditional cloth nappy. Gone are the huge safety pins and hard to fold towelling with leaky legs. Instead, today’s modern cloth nappies offer an easy-to-use, environmentally friendly, cost-effective nappy which is also kinder to baby’s skin. Washing modern cloth nappies is also a cinch and doesn’t need to add a huge amount of time or work to your daily routine.
There are a few reasons people choose to use modern cloth nappies. Here are the top ones:
Environmentally friendly From newborn to toilet trained, the average child will go through a staggering 5,000-6,000 disposable nappies1. This results in approximately 800 million nappies ending up in Australian landfills each year2. Once in the ground, the plastic in the nappies can then take 200-500 years to break down!2
By comparison, modern cloth nappies can be used and washed multiple times and have been shown to have up to 40% less environmental impact than single use nappies3. With the correct care they can even last to child number 2 and 3.
Better for baby Nappy rash has increased from 7% to over 78% since 19553as the use of disposable nappies has increased. This is believed to be due to an allergic reaction by some babies to the chemicals and gels used in disposable nappies (and chemicals in mainstream nappy wipes). Additionally, some disposable nappies encourage longer term use, which can result in the bacteria in urine irritating baby’s sensitive skin.
Modern cloth nappies come in a range of natural fibres including cotton, wool, bamboo and hemp, which are gentler against baby’s delicate skin.
There are four main types of modern cloth nappies:
Fitted nappy Fitted nappies are shaped like a disposable nappy with a contoured shape and elastic at the waist and legs. They do up with snaps or hook-and-loop closures. They require a waterproof cover to be placed over the top.
Pocket nappy Pocket nappies contain an opening at the front or back into which you insert a booster (pad) which makes the nappy absorbent. Pocket nappies do up with snaps and usually have an inbuilt waterproof layer.
All in one (AIO) All-in-ones are the most convenient modern cloth nappy and closest in design to the disposable. An AIO contains the absorbent nappy and waterproof layer all in one piece so you don’t need to fit boosters or add a waterproof cover. The one piece means you can throw the whole nappy in your wet bag or nappy bucket when it’s time to be changed.
All in two (AI2) The all in two nappy consists of a waterproof outer cover with a snap-in absorbent pad. The cover can be reused several times before becoming wet and often has snaps which can be adjusted to different sized babies, making this an economical option.
Pros: Easy to use and empty – simply remove pad and empty into toilet. Economical option with reusable cover and snap-to-adjust sizing. Cons: A bit more work than AIOs. Also, some brands require that you use only their inserts.
Considerations when choosing a modern cloth nappy
Following are some key questions to consider when choosing your modern cloth nappy:
Not sure?Try a few different types to see which you prefer. You can do this by purchasing different types of nappies or great cost-effective option is to hire nappy packs from a local nappy library. You can search online to find the nearest nappy library to you.
Ready to buy?Ecostork stocks a great range of quality modern cloth nappies and accessories. View our range of modern cloth nappies
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