Because it’s easier than you think and offers huge benefits!
Modern cloth nappies offer significant cost savings for your family, they are very simple to use and easy to wash, are environmentally sustainable, do not contain any chemicals, allow you baby’s skins to breathe well, and are trim, colourful and look gorgeous!
This graph is based on Choice Online’s article: Choice 2011, Modern Cloth Nappies, Marrickville NSW, viewed 21 February 2013, <http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/babies-and-kids/kids-health/nappies/modern-cloth-nappies.aspx.> The figures used for the cost of disposable nappies are based on the recommended retail price of a leading disposable nappy brand.
The cost savings for using cloth nappies compared to disposable nappies increases significantly with each child. And it is worth noting that if you use cloth wipes instead of disposable wipes, you save even more.
Easy and Effective
There is a commonly held belief that using modern cloth nappies adds considerably to the domestic workload. A few extra loads of washing is not significant amongst the high number of loads a family produces day to day, as many users of cloth nappies will vouch. Recent responses in a cloth nappy related Facebook page indicated (from 12 responses) that the time taken to care for cloth nappies in an entire week ranged from 60 mins to 1.5 hours and averaged at 1.25 hours.
Modern cloth nappies do not require soaking – just place them in a dry pail (bucket), then every couple of days tip the nappies straight into the washing machine. Flushable liners and nappy sprayers make cleaning soiled nappies so easy. See our washing information to find out just how simple it is!
The modern cloth nappies available at Mod Bots are carefully designed and constructed with elements such as internal gussets and stretch panels, and use ultra absorbent textiles like hemp, bamboo and organic cotton, and high tech waterproofed and durable fabrics in their outer shells. Velcro or snap closures mean that they are as easy to pop on and off as a disposable nappy.
Better for Baby
Nappies are on your baby’s behind almost constantly for (an average) of three years. Parents are starting steer away from the using disposables due to their chemicals and plastics such as glues, bleaching agents, and sodium polyacrylate.
Australian babies are estimated to use 5.6 million nappies a day, that’s 2,100,000,000 (2 Billion) nappies each year (Choice Online Choice Disposable nappies review and compare 16 March 2010) Nappies take more than 500 years to break down in landfill. As they say, every disposable nappy ever used still. exists. today.
For every cloth nappy you use on your baby, 260 disposables stay out of landfill. (based on 2 washes a week for 2.5 years). Australians are willing to change their practices such as using reusable cloth bags instead of plastic bags, and there is a growing awareness and interest in using reusable cloth nappies versus plastic nappies.
The use of water, energy, raw materials, and land in the manufacturing and packaging of disposable nappies is significantly higher than in the production and use of modern cloth nappies. Women’s Environmental Network, UK and Canadian Government research, Landbank/Marbek Critiques (2003) Disposable nappies: a case study in waste prevention. Women’s Environment Network.