Why I DITCHED disposables and SWITCHED to cloth nappies (diapers)
I admit, before having kids, the thought of using cloth nappies (diapers) never crossed my mind! In fact, with my first two kids, I used disposables. I had a friend or two that used cloth nappies, but they lived far away,so I never really saw how they worked on a day to day basis. I believed the common myths that cloth nappies are messy, smelly, inconvenient, old fashion and simply don’t work as well. That stigma changed when I was introduced to nuababy products before my third baby.
As a Mum, I know that having a baby is an exciting time, but I also know it’s a time filled with many questions, challenges, and expenses. Let‘s face it, Mums have the hardest job out there! On average, a new mother changes nappies 10 times per day, nurses 8-10 times per day, and sleeps less than 6 hours per day!
It's our job as Mums to care for and protect our little ones. So, if you’re like me, you want products that are easy, convenient, affordable and of high quality, but most importantly, products that are safe and healthy for your baby. That’s where nuababy comes in!
I know as a new Mum or soon-to-be Mum, you probably don’t have lots of time to read a long blog, and personally, I’m more of a list person, so let me break it down for you as to why I DITCHED disposables and SWITCHED to cloth.
- COST!!! - This was the number one reason I made the switch. I’m a budget type of person and it was painful to pay $40 a month for disposable nappies…and that was when I only had one in diapers. My two older boys are 18 months apart, so for about 18 months, I was paying double. By using nuababy cloth nappies on my third child, I will save around $1000 by the time my daughter is potty trained. Another thing people forget to mention about cloth nappies is that you can use them on another child if you have more, or you can sell them used and recover a portion of the money you spent. Here's a little visual on the cost savings.
- CONSERVATION!!! - If it’s not cloth, it’s trash - a popular hashtag in the cloth nappy (diaper) community, but it’s true! I think back to my nappy genie days of carrying bags full of dirty nappies out to our trash bin. The average baby goes through 8,000 disposable nappies from birth to potty training. That’s 1.5 tonnes of waste which takes around 500 years to decompose. I’m not a tree hugger by any means, but DITCHING disposables and SWITCHING to cloth was an easy choice that makes a difference. And it feels good knowing I’m doing my part to produce less waste.
- CLEAN!!! - nuababy cloth nappies (diapers) are chemical-free. The more we find out about the harmful effects products that are full of chemicals have on our babies, the more convinced I am that cloth is best. If you think about it, babies wear nappies 24/7 for about the first 3 years of their lives (depending on when they toilet train). That means baby's skin and sensitive areas have direct contact with either cloth or disposable nappies for over 1,000 consecutive days. Here are just a few of the chemicals found in disposables: Sodium polyacrylate, wood pulp (bleached white with chlorine), dyes such as Disperse Blue 106, Disperse Blue 124, Disperse Yellow 3, and Disperse Orange 3, and some disposables contain fragrances. When you go cloth, you go clean.
- CUTE!!! - Cloth nappies (diapers) have come a LONG way from just a white cloth and nappy pins. Now they come in cute colors and patterns, have snaps instead of pins, and nuababy cloth nappies have an elastic drawstring around the legs to provide a customized fit for your baby at every stage.
- CONTAINED!!! - No more blowouts with nuababy cloth nappies (diapers). For real! You no longer have to worry about poop up the back, or out the legs, often an unknown fact about cloth nappies.
Now that I’ve been cloth nappying (diapering) my daughter for 9 months, I’ve discovered the many benefits to using cloth. I wish I had known the benefits and ease of cloth nappies when I was a first-time Mum. And that’s why I want to share with you and get the word out about cloth nappies so that you can make an informed decision that’s best for you and baby.
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