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January 19, 2011

The Cloth Nappies Vs Disposables Debate – RE: The Modern Nappy Is Reusable and Washable

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The Cloth Nappies Vs Disposables Debate – RE: The Modern Nappy Is Reusable and Washable

Cloth vs Disposables? – This is a question that every new mother is asked at some point. To answer well, you need to know about modern nappies, their features and benefits. They are far better than flat square terries which are folded and pinned, although that can be fun, and is still a very economical way to nappy your baby, particularly when you have a very tight budget.

It is a question mums ask themselves when the cost of disposable nappies starts to add up and they think of adding another baby to the family – doubling the cost… hmm, perhaps it is time to consider cloth nappies again?

What’s the BEST thing about the Cloth vs Disposable Debate?

It is that there is no either / or debate. You can combine several types of nappies, and be doing your part in preserving resources for the future, saving money for important family needs and combining the best of each type of nappy! This is called a hybrid stash.

A hybrid stash is about which suits you, your budget, your lifestyle and our planet’s resources the most. By being flexible, you can reap the benefits of all of their best features and minimise your baby’s environmental footprint too.

This article looks at the environment as a factor to consider when you think about the cloth vs disposable debate.

With advances in their design made by clever mothers who have been there and done that, modern cloth is a real competitor to disposables these days.

It may seem a simple choice, a black and white choice – buy disposable nappies each week and throw them in the bin after a few hours, or buy modern cloth nappies (MCN), and reuse them over and over.

Of course the reality is that you can use BOTH! You can combine the best features of each kind of nappy and tailor your stash to the requirements of your budget, your conscience, your lifestyle, your personal preferences and your baby.

The Cloth Nappy vs Disposable Nappy Debate: – re Nappies and being Washable

A common fear about using cloth nappies is the odd concern people have about washing cloth nappies. We wash all our own clothes. We wash our babies clothes. We wash our own underwear. Why not that of our babies? These days we have automatic washing machines that do ALL the work.

In fact, if you are super squeamish, put soiled ones in a net like washing bag, and throw THAT in the wash – you never need touch them until they are clean again. Any stains? The sun will bleach them out. Mothers using cloth nappies find, as the nappies are made of fabric, not paper, that poo explosions do not end up messing up all of the clothes your baby is wearing when they use modern cloth nappies.

Remember that almost all mothers using MCN DID use, (or also use) disposables – this is one of the reasons they made the switch – yes, they now wash nappies, but they also wash poo out of the clothes their baby wears a lot less.

Environmentally, when using modern cloth YOU have control over the amount of water used – you can dry pail (which means modern nappies do not need soaking), wash a full load and line dry. If you feel like soaking, add them to the washing machine and fill, then let the load soak overnight, turning the cycle on in the morning.

My washing machine is whirring in the laundry right now as I type out this article, and my baby sleeps in my lap. Modern living, modern nappies.

And now Charndra invites you to win a washable modern cloth nappy by registering to play in one of the regular giveaways held on My Green

You’ll discover great tips, secrets to finding bargains, and everything you need to know about green nappies and using any sort of nappy in a more environmentally friendly way.

By Charndra Josling

So, are you registered to play in our regular nappy giveaways?
Be sure to sign up to have your chance to WIN a free modern cloth nappy for your baby!

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