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your baby's nappy choice know some facts nappies

The plastic components of each disposable nappy take several hundred years to biodegrade. When you think that an average 8 million nappies are thrown away every day in the UK alone! That works out at nearly 3 billion nappies each year. Around 7.5 million of the daily 8 million nappies will go to landfill but the rest, unfortunately, could end up littering the streets or thrown into the sea which are all too common scenes. A disposable nappy has over twice the environmental impact of a reusable nappy and with the use of an A rated washing machine and environmentally friendly washing detergents; this can be improved even greater.

There are many other reasons why reusable nappies are a good idea. Firstly, and what is so often on the minds of parents is cost. Reusable, cotton nappies can save in the region of £600 over using disposable nappies. Money can be saved further should another child come along as the same cloth nappies can be used.

Cotton nappies are far better for a baby’s sensitive and delicate skin. Disposable nappies are made of superabsorbent chemicals, plastics, paper pulp and adhesives whilst real nappies are made mainly from natural fabrics/fibres. This aids in keeping nappy rash to a minimum. Cotton nappies are soft, breathable and lightweight.

Cotton nappies have advanced greatly in recent years to meet the needs of modern day parents. Reusable nappies of today have no complicated folds and come complete with Velcro or popper fastening. The cotton used has been designed for ease when washing and no soaking is required.

The development of cotton nappies has allowed for a range of different nappies to come onto the market. Here are the four main types:

Flat or prefold nappy - A rectangular shape made from cotton which needs a quick fold and is then placed inside a separate waterproof wrap - the wrap does not need to be changed at every nappy change time. Attributes are: slim fitting, quick drying and good value.

Shaped nappy – These do not require any folding. Simply close and place it inside the waterproof wrap. The wrap does not need to be changed every time you change the nappy, unless it is soiled. These are very easy to use with lots of fabrics to choose from. Some shaped nappies can be used from birth to potty training, making them very economical.

Pocket nappy - The waterproof outercover has a fleece layer on the inside with a gap left at the top between the fleece and the waterproof. Into this gap you place the absorbent pad, also known as an insert. As the pad is inside the wrap you need to change the waterproof at every nappy change time. A very simple to use nappy and the fleece layer helps keep your baby's skin drier.

One size nappy - Many nappies are available in one size which will fit from birth to potty training (8-35lbs). A good option if you have more than one child in nappies. Both children can use the same nappy. One size nappies are very economical and simple.

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