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Guest Post: Cloth nappies = happy environment

March 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Babies & Toddlers, Guest Posts, Top Picks

No one really knows how long it takes a diaper to decompose I was told many years ago it can take between 250- 500 years! I was determined to help the environment once I knew I was expecting and started using the cloth nappies. I thought at first it was going to be always washing them, drying them etc. but they are just disposable nappies that you can pop in your washing machine J an extra load a week on a cold wash isn’t that demanding.

Deciding whether or not to use cloth nappies is a tough decision and the choices available out there can be a little overwhelming for new mothers. However there are nappies to cover every budget and taste! You can mix and match nappies to suit your day/lifestyle/childcare situation which means just because you switch to cloth nappies you may need to use the odd disposable here and there but don’t worry you are still doing your bit for the environment!

They are made from a variety of materials that allow your baby’s skin to breathe as well as your pockets :)

Top tips to get you started:

  • Don’t worry if you experience some leaks here and there, it will take time to get the exact fitting right and for your baby’s bottom to adjust to the them
  • See if your local council offers an incentive scheme for using cloth nappies
  • Do mix and match with disposables in the beginning until you are confident to use cloth nappies permanently
  • If you need more information there are various blogs and websites dedicated to cloth nappies so don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Don’t be worry about the cloth nappy terminology here are some help understanding what it all means:

  • Liner – gets placed inside the nappy  to make it easier to flush solids away and comes in one use or flushable
  • Minky – a type of fabric which feels a bit like a plush soft toy. Generally used on the outside of nappies
  • PUL – The waterproof fabric that are used in cloth nappies to keep the wetness inside.
  • Stink bag – a waterproof bag which you use to keep wet or dirty nappies in while you are out and about
  • Mesh bag – a bag inside the nappy bin that you can just throw in the washing machine.
  • Two-part system/nappy – a nappy made up of two bits: an absorbent nappy which is then covered by a waterproof outer wrap
  •  Pocket nappy – a nappy with an elasticated pocket into which you stuff the inserts

Written by Eman Hauari – happy cloth nappy user, mother of one and Sales & Marketing Executive of Crèche on Location – a mobile crèche that allows event organisers the confidence to offer childcare services to their guests without the hassle of regulations, staffing and health and safety. www.crecheonlocation.co.uk

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One Response to “Guest Post: Cloth nappies = happy environment”
  1. Rebecca says:

    Nice one! I really like the advice about not having to go the whole hog. Just buy a few and build up (or not) as you go a long. Or combine with disposable if you want to. But it really is like learning to drive. It seems an absolutely mystery at first but after a while you don’t even notice you’re doing it. Regarding cost – you can always ask for NapNap Vouchers (to add to whatever your council offers….). They can be exchanged now in loads of places…..

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