Cloth Nappies do not contain the chemicals and perfumes that disposable nappies do. Natural fibres such as cotton and bamboo allow your babys skin to breathe. Nappy rash can be reduced greatly by using cloth nappies as they allow the skin to breathe and therefore helping reduce nappy rash. With disposable nappies, it is often hard to tell how wet the nappy is, often resulting in the nappy being left on the baby for long periods of time, thus resulting in nappy rash. When using cloth nappies you need to ensure baby is changed often enough and the nappies are washed thoroughly.
Cloth is More Comfortable
Have you ever noticed how the very clever marketing departments for the disposable nappy companies like to compare the feel of their products to cotton? Maybe because cotton is the softest most comfortable thing you can put on your baby’s bottom? Their skin is very thin and sensitive and that super absorbent gel they use in disposables, whilst very efficient at pulling away the urine, also pulls away the skin protecting moisture along with it. Don’t be fooled, just because the baby feels dry does not mean they are clean and those disposable scented, soapy wipes they are selling you are only going to dry out your baby’s bottom more and leave them more likely to develop a painful diaper rash./span>
Cloth Saves You Money
If you decide to go the disposable route you are likely to spend somewhere around R20000 on disposable nappies and another R4000 on disposable wipes. Our cloth diapering system will save you approximately R15000 on nappies and will save you an additional R3500 on disposable wipes.
Maybe using cloth isn’t as easy as throwing away disposables but they are not that much more work. You will never have to run to the store in the middle of the night because you ran out of diapers and you will have a lot less trash to take out as those used disposables pile up quicker than you think. You won’t have to bring home a huge pack of nappies with your groceries all the time. Cloth is a lot easier today than it was in your grandmother or great grandmother’s day. Our grandmothers would have considered shaped diapers with no need for pins a breeze. Not to mention we have washing machines, which make it so much easier than having to wash them by hand as they used to.
Here is a calculation showing how much disposable nappies cost:
Sizes Small – R2.21 each* Medium – R2.32 each* Large – R2.78 each* Extra Large – R3.73 each*
*Cost on average from cheapest to most expensive brands available, January 2015 from Pick ‘n Pay Online – http://www.picknpay.co.za
How many changes needed? 0-3 months 12-15 times a day 3-6 months 10-12 times a day 6-12 months 8-10 times a day 12 months+ 6-8 times a day
How much does this cost? 0-3 months = (3 x 30 days) x (R2.14 x 13 changes a day) = R2585.70 3-6 months = (3 x 30 days) x (R2.26 x 11 changes a day) = R2296.80 6-12 months = (6 x 30 days) x (R2.32 x 9 changes a day) =R4503.60 1-2 years = (365 days) x (R3.14 x 7 changes a day) = R9530.15 Total for first two years = R18 916.25 per child Many children only potty train at 3 years old when using disposable nappies, and many still wear night time nappies at age 4!
These figures were based on 2015 figures.
Cloth Nappies help early potty training
Today only about 4% of children are trained by age two and approximately 12% are still in diapers between three and a half to four years. The billion dollar multinational disposable diaper corporations have done a very good job of making their diapers so absorbent that children don’t even know when they urinate and make them so dry and cushy when full of urine that there isn’t much reason for the child to want out of those nappies. They have also done a very good job at making the parents believe potty training at a younger age is not possible and now there is the launch of a size six diaper plan to keep your kids wearing their diapers even longer. In 1957 92% of children were potty trained by 18 months of age.
When assessing the environmental impact of cloth versus disposable nappies, it is important to look at the whole life cycle of the nappy. This includes raw materials, manufacturing, transportation and waste effects. Studies have reported it takes as much energy to product one disposable as it does to wash a cloth nappy 200 times.
Every day millions of disposable diapers are discarded. Each baby diapered in disposables will contribute approximately 2 tones to our landfills. It is unknown how long they will take to decompose but is estimated to be between 250 – 500 years.
Healthier for baby
Cloth Nappies don’t contain any harsh chemicals unlike disposable nappies.
Lots of babies have allergies towards the chemicals in disposables which leads to nappy rashes. Doctors often prescribe cortisone and other harsh creams for these rashes leading to further problems.