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June 1, 2012

I’m Thinking About Converting To The Modern Cloth Nappy… Why Should I Make The Switch To Cloth Nappies?

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I’m Thinking About Converting To The Modern Cloth Nappy…

Why Should I Make The Switch To Cloth Nappies?

 Australian cloth nappies are very popular, and you’ll find the best cloth nappies make the switch to modern cloth nappies easy. But WHY convert to using modern cloth nappies? There are several reasons mothers make the switch, the number one reason being money. You can save money by using modern cloth nappies. For others it is environmental reasons, for still more it is for the style! Their baby looks cool in their cloth nappies and you know they feel so soft on their bottom.

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

Let’s see what they have to say:

I’m Thinking About Converting To The Modern Cloth Nappy, Why Should I Make The Switch To Cloth Nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

You’ll save tons of money! You’ll never have a stinky bin again. You’ll avoid the nasty rashes and worse from the chemicals and bleaches in disposables. You’ll stop polluting the earth with a mountain of stinking, indestructible nappies. You can boycott the multinationals. You won’t spend any more money on rubbish. You’ll reduce the carbon footprint of yourself and your children.

I’m always happy to answer your questions personally, even if you use a different brand.

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

The question you should be asking yourself is why not switch? There is much commentary out there on why you should switch including environmental benefits (yes – you get to do your bit to save the earth) and reducing the incidences of nappy rash (because of the natural fibers in each nappy), but by far the most important reason is the financial savings you will enjoy if you make the switch.

If you think about how many disposable nappies you go through in a day and multiply that out by the number of years that your baby will be in nappies (roughly 2 1/2 years on average) the cost of financing a disposable nappy regime is sickening to say the least. You could be looking at up to $3,000 (not to mention the cost if you have 2 or more babies in nappies). Your initial outlay for a full time pack of cloth nappies is approximately $500 – $700 (for a good quality cloth nappy package) but that initial outlay is far less than the $3,000 you are likely to spend in buying disposable nappies. Multiply the savings when you use your nappies on a second or third baby or when you sell your nappies second hand (which there is a great market for by the way) or when you get someone else to buy the nappies for you (e.g. as a baby shower gift).

In addition to financial savings, your baby will look absolutely adorable in its Modern Cloth Nappy (which come in all sorts of cute patterns, colours and designs)!

Kelly from Nappy Needz:

There are huge benefits to using cloth over disposable nappies. You can save over $1000 on your first child alone, which is a huge incentive, without even taking into account the environmental or health benefits. Fewer chemicals against your babies skin has to be a good thing, and less rubbish to put out each week is always a bonus!

Melissa from Little Para Pants:

You’ll save so much money when you use Modern Cloth Nappies instead of disposables.  One cloth nappy, at around $30, can pay for itself almost three times in the first year alone.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

 I think we all use cloth nappies for a number of reasons but personally for me it was solely to do with the environment and what was best for my babies in terms of sustainable living. I always wanted to use cloth and when I was pregnant with my first I thought I was going to use terry flats and covers until I found the magical world of modern cloth nappies and now not only are they great for the environment they look good too!

Melanie & Diana from Bodeo:

Modern Cloth Nappies are so easy to use, free of chemicals and will save your family money! Many babies will spend 2.5+ years in nappies, if using disposables that is a LOT of nappies being thrown away. Switching to cloth, even part time, will mean your baby is wearing something that is comfortable, breathable and can be used over and over without adding to landfill. Starting with one ‘cloth’ day per week is a great way to begin, and allows you to try out a few different styles of nappies before committing to a whole stash.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

I think the real question is ‘Why should you not make the switch to cloth nappies???’ What is gained by using disposables?
People often tell me they don’t have the time to be a cloth mumma but I’m no superhousewife, (I’m typing this surrounded by the toys that I just haven’t bothered to tidy up tonight – its Offspring night so don’t judge me!!!) but I do do laundry, we wear clean clothes everyday! And an extra load of washing isn’t something I’ve ever noticed. In fact, MCNs are so easy to care for that mine just get thrown in with the rest of the wash! I do laundry 3 or 4 days a week, I’m pretty sure non cloth families do a similar amount of laundry 🙂

The environment is another factor. Now, I’m certainly not a hippy by any means but I do think its important to care for the planet too. Its the only one we have after all. Did you know the first disposable ever made is sitting in landfill tonight, just sitting there, taken up space, not breaking down, filled with decades old excrement – ewwww 😉 And contrary to that very popular argument, the water used to wash an MCN doesn’t have near the same environmental impact as a disposable does. So when you use MCNs you get to pat yourself on the back each night for being so good to the environment 😉

And then there’s the money side. Now, I’ll admit, MCNs can get addictive and if you wanted to you could spend a whole heap of money on ‘pretties’ BUT you still would save money over using disposable nappies. Cloth nappies come in all shapes and sizes to suit all budgets and can be reused from child to child and passed on, donated or sold when your family is finished with them so more babies can use them (and more disposables are saved from landfill). Even using just 1 cloth nappy a day saves you buying 365 disposables, think of what that extra money could do for your household (or you could just put it in the Mumma bank as payment for that tiny bit of extra washing you will do – and believe me, its a tiny amount 😉

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

MCNs are easy to use, save heaps of money (that’s the biggie) and are great for the environment, after all it’s our babies who will be growing up on this planet.

Nat and Amy from Little Diamond Bums (closed):

There are four underlying reasons why parents decide to switch to cloth. The importance of each of these differ from family to family. The first and most widely promoted are the environmental benefits. There are many facts, figures and statistics that demonstrate the reduction in landfill and other environmental benefits that using cloth nappies can provide. The second undeniably is the cost benefits of using both cloth nappies and cloth wipes. Third is the health benefits, cloth gives you more control on what you are putting against your babies skin and finally they are just so darn cute but come with a warning… they can be addictive!

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Our Comment Question is about converting to modern cloth nappies:

If you’ve converted to modern cloth nappies, tell us your number one reason why? Saving Money? Environmental? Style?


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