When we hear the words ‘reusable’ or ‘cloth’ nappies, many of us will picture the traditional square of linen cloth fastened with safety pins. Anyone else thinking of poor Tom & Jerry trying to keep the baby from falling or crawling out of their terrible nappy wrapping? Well, things have changed in recent years, meaning reusable nappies no longer require a large safety pin, are much more absorbent, and fit much like a disposable nappy without the need for wrapping! Read today’s blog to find out more about how they work and why they’re becoming so popular. Plus, with this week being #ZeroWasteWeek it's the perfect time to try them out!
1. HOW DO REUSABLE NAPPIES WORK?
There are many different types and brands of reusable nappies on the market today, some of which work by combining several parts for absorbency and water-resistance and others which are designed as an all-in-one and used like a disposable until it comes to the changing part.
First, a popular myth debunked – re-usable nappies are no more complicated to use than disposables, it’s simply a case of getting used to the lifestyle change. Some nappies work best with a nappy liner placed on them which can be washed or disposed of to make changes less messy and you may want to add a reusable cotton or bamboo pad to others for extra absorbency.
We have recently launched the TotsBots range of reusable nappies on our website and in 2 of our UK stores (Brighton and Stoke Newington); TotsBots cloth nappies come in a range of styles, here’s how each of them works:
EasyFit Nappy – The EasyFit and TeenyFit nappies are all-in-one designs that are the most similar option to disposables. They’re waterproof on the outside, super absorbent on the inside and are easy to put on, without any wrapping or pinning. Use the poppers to adjust the size for the perfect fit and put it on just as you would a regular nappy. You may want to purchase a nappy liner if your child is a heavy wetter.
PeeNut Wrap – This is a 2-part nappy that works in combination with other TotsBots products to provide longer-lasting dryness. The PeeNut is the waterproof part of the nappy, to be used on the outside. You can either purchase absorbent pads to pop inside the PeeNut or use it with the Bamboozle (See below). When it’s time to change, simply replace the pad and reuse the wrap.
Bamboozle – A practical option for bedtime, this nappy should be placed inside the PeeNut Wrap for a super absorbent long-lasting nappy. The Bamboozle is the absorbent part but it must be used with the PeeNut Wrap to prevent leaks. You can also insert a nappy liner on top of the Bamboozle for even more absorbency during the night.
2. WHICH REUSABLE NAPPY SHOULD YOU USE?
Back in the early 2000s, JoJo sold eco nappies through our mail order catalogue and recently launched website; but sadly, it seems the world was not quite ready for them yet. After years of research and to keep up with the current generation of eco conscious parents, we finally decided to try again, with an award-winning brand who happens to hold many of the same ethical business values as we do.
TotsBots reusable nappies are designed and manufactured using ethically sourced, Oeko-tex certified fabrics. They have also recently become the first reusable nappy company in the world to use waterproof fabrics made from 100% recycled polyester yarn which is made from re-purposed plastic bottles that would otherwise have been destined for landfill. Not to mention they’re incredibly soft against your baby’s skin and contain no nasty chemicals, meaning they’re less likely to cause nappy rash, eczema, psoriasis and other irritating skin conditions.
All TotsBots nappies can be used from birth (8lbs – 35lbs) thanks to the clever popper system they use to make the nappies adjustable in size. However, if your baby was premature or is smaller than average, you should purchase the TeenyFit nappies which will fit from 5lbs – 12lbs – these are still worth the investment, many parents have used them up until their baby is 6 months old.
Click here to view the TotsBots Cloth Nappy Guide.
3. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE POO?
The most common question people ask about reusable nappies is “what do I do with the poo?”. The answer is pretty simple! Before you put the nappy on your child, pop one of TotsBots’ biodegradable nappy liners into it. When it’s time to change them, just lift the liner out of the nappy, tip the poo in the loo and put the liner in the bin (or compost). Easy as 1,2,3!
4. HOW CAN REUSABLE NAPPIES SAVE YOU MONEY?
Cloth nappies could save you up to £750 compared to the cost of disposable nappies before your little one is potty trained. It is recommended that you purchase around 20-25 nappies in total to use cloth nappies on a full-time basis. This will cost around £200-£400, whereas disposables can end up costing up to £1,500! As long as the reusable nappies are cared for correctly, you should also be able to use them on your second and maybe even third child. If you don’t feel confident to convert fully to cloth nappies, why not try using them when you’re at home and disposables when you’re out and about? Every little helps the planet and will still be easier on your wallet than a full nappy cycle’s worth of disposables. Babies can be expensive, so the investment will be worth it in the long run!
Still have some unanswered questions? Check out the 'Reusable Nappies Guide' on our website, where we answer more FAQs.