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Disposable Nappies versus Cloth Nappies

Every mum has to make decisions about her baby's care based on what her mum did, what her friends tell her, and her intuition. The battle over whether cloth nappies are better for babies than disposable nappies and vice versa has gone on for years. Here are the opinions on both sides with which most mothers are most familiar.

 

The Benefits of Cloth Nappies

  • Yes, mums can still acquire cloth nappies made from terry cloth, cotton, and flannel. These are available already folded into a liner or come as a nappy with an attached cover.
  • There are still nappy services in many cities. These companies rent cloth nappies, wash them, and deliver them to the mother's home. The charge averages approximately £2500 a year.
  • If you buy cloth nappies and take care of washing, drying, and folding yourself, you will spend an average of £200 during the time your baby wears nappies.
  • Cloth nappies, when washed with organic laundry detergent, have no added dyes or chemicals.
  • Nappies made of fabric are not extremely absorbent, which means moms will need to change nappies much more often.
  • Some say their babies have fewer rashes when they wear cloth nappies.
  • The fact that children can feel the wetness more when a cloth nappy is covering them may shorten the time it takes to potty-train your young one.
  • From time to time, the tabs on disposable nappies can pull off at exactly the time when a mother has no spares or nothing to use to seal the nappy sides together.
  • Disposables make up 3.4 million tons of landfill waste each year.
  • Disposables are not biodegradable.

 

 

The Benefits of Disposable Nappies

  • Cloth nappies require a little more effort to change than disposable nappies.
  • The all-in-one cloth nappies are more expensive than the disposables.
  • Cloth nappies require washing two or three extra loads of laundry per week.
  • The additional wash-loads will demand more water and electricity, as well.
  • Using cloth nappies when you are "out and about" means carting around dirty nappies until you return home.
  • More severe and more frequent cases of nappy rash can occur for babies who wear cloth nappies.

 

 

As you can see, the type of nappies you choose is a bit of a conundrum. Mothers should make their own decisions based on what seems most sensible to them. Too bad babies don't come with a manual, right?

 

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