With all the talk about the environment you are probably wondering if you should be using cloth or disposable nappies (diapers). When I had my babies the issue never arose. Disposable nappies were not in common use until much later even though they were first produced in 1948. I have to admit they would have been a blessing for me as I didn’t own a washing machine when my first baby was born and did all my washing by hand.
We have been aware of the impact of disposable nappies on our environment for a long time and this has led to the debate on cloth vs disposable diapers . This debate has led to a rise in the production and popularity of cloth nappies and more people are going back to using them.
What is the impact on the environment
Disposable nappies have a huge impact on the environment. It has been estimated that one baby will need approximately 5,500 nappies from birth to when the baby is toilet trained. These nappies go into landfill dumps and there they stay because these dumps do not have the conditions needed for them to decompose.
What is the cost
If your baby uses 5,500 disposable nappies then you are looking at a huge expense over the time it takes for him to be fully toilet trained.
The total cost has been calculated at approximately $3000 to $4000 per child. This amount does not include the disposable wipes and even more if you use disposable nappy sacks.
- Quick and easy to use
- Contains absorbent chemicals to keep wetness away from baby
- They come in a variety of sizes to suit your baby
- So much easier when traveling you don’t have to carry soiled nappies with you
- Use less because they are absorbent
- They contain chemicals
- The tabs can tear and you have to throw the nappy away.
- Can make potty training more difficult due to the absorbancy of the nappy your toddler will not feel uncomfortable.
- Adds 3.4 million tons of waste to landfill and does not decompose
Disposables are quick and easy to use and does cut down on your workload when you don’t have to wash nappies every day but they are an environmental disaster.
The cost of disposable nappies is ongoing until baby is toilet trained and the age at which this is achieved can vary making this an expensive option for the parents.
What is the impact on the environment
There is minimal impact on the environment. You will use your washing machine more often putting up your electricity bill but if you dry your nappies on the clothes line rather than in the dryer the cost is very small.
You can use biodegradable washing detergent with the benefit of protecting your baby from chemicals as well as having less impact on the environment.
There are liners available to make cleaning baby easier. Just drop the nappy into you Nappie bucket and when it is time to wash, tip it into your washing machine. This way everything is hygienic and you will not have smelly nappies lying around. You won’t even know they are there.
What is the cost?.
The cost for a supply of Cushie Tushies Brand nappies from birth to toilet trained is $800 to $900. When baby is toilet trained you can put them away for the next baby.
- Does not cost as much
- Comes in all in one type making them easier to change.
- Available in different natural fibers such as cotton, terry cloth or flannel
- Reusable for the next child.
- Makes potty training easier.
- can be messy if you don’t use a liner
- Makes more work for mum with washing
- Extra cost of water and electricity required
- Not as easy as disposables when traveling
There are a few draw backs with cloth nappies when traveling. No one wants smelly nappies in their car on a hot day. Personally this is when I would have a few disposables for the journey.
The pull up or snap on type nappies are easy to use. There are sizes available for babies from birth up to potty trained. It is no longer the old square of toweling you might remember fastened with safety pins.
There is minimal impact on the environment and are made of natural fabrics with no chemicals added.
There is a huge financial saving when you use cloth nappies and occasional disposables and the little extra work needed for washing is more than compensated for by this cost saving.