With all the baby products on the market it’s no wonder that many new parents are overwhelmed and unsure what to spend their money on.
Families are bombarded with so much information that it can be daunting when you are bringing a new baby home. Most people turn to disposable products because they think it’s the cheap and easy option but disposable doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper – in long run using disposable baby products will cost between five and six times as much as sourcing reusable.
The biggest cost savings is in moving away from disposable nappies – this can set a family back close to $4000 from birth through to toilet training. Cloth nappies are the way to go – the ones on the market today are easy to use and close with snaps or Velcro. The same with wipes – this can cost several hundred dollars. Think of all the waste that goes to landfill using disposable nappies and wipes – it’s terrible for the environment.
The 6 biggest misconceptions about cloth nappies are:
It’s about $3800 to use disposable nappies whereas a full time pack of 24 modern cloth nappies costs $700. Let’s calculate how we got to that figure:
Nappy Changes Per Day Cost Of Nappies Number of Nappies Total
(1-3 Months) 10 – 12 55c 300 per month $165 x 3 = $495
(3-6 Months) 8 – 10 55c 240 per month $132 x 3 = $396
(6-36 Months) 6 – 8 55c 180 per month $99 x 30 = $2970
Total cost of $3861
Cost of using cloth nappies until toilet training:
Total Needed Cost Per Item Total
Full Time pack of 24 cloth nappies 24 nappies in total $700
If you are planning on having multiple children you can use the same nappies… so the cost saving just keep going!
Disposable nappies use 3 times more energy, 20 times more raw materials and 2 times more water than reusables during the manufacturing process. After all that manufacturing and the fact that 90% of Australians use disposables, it is estimated to take around 250 – 500 years for a disposable nappy to decompose in landfill – that’s a big pile of rubbish! Who wants their baby’s dirty nappies sitting in landfill for so long?
Often families are worried about the amount of water they will use to wash their cloth nappies. The amount of water used in the production of disposable nappies is the same as the production and home washing of cotton reusable nappies.
There is no soaking or fancy wash routine needed. An extra load or two of washing a week and 10 minutes to prepare them is all that is required.
Old fashioned flat nappies and pins
The new of style nappies are the same shape as a disposable nappy and are fastened with snaps or Velcro. There are a few styles available to suit your family which include:
Pockets – the absorbent boosters sit inside a pocket. This makes them easy to customise the amount of absorbency required for your bub.
Snap in – the absorbent boosters snap into the waterproof nappy shell. Making them quicker to assemble.
All in one – Has everything sewn in so there is no assembly required. These are as quick and easy to use as a disposables.
Toddlers often toilet train quicker when using cloth nappies. The moisture isn’t absorbed as quickly as disposables which makes them more aware of the contents of the nappy.
As you can see there are many advantages to switching to cloth. Of course if you choose to use cloth it doesn’t have to be full time. Even 1 nappy a day will save your pocket and the environment in the long run.
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