My Green Nappy Discovering Modern Cloth Nappies and Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappies

May 7, 2010

Modern Nappies – The Good, the Bad and the Smelly

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Cloth Nappies vs Disposable Nappies:

Nappies – The Good, the Bad and the Smelly

Born with Mum’s eyes and Dad’s nose, Nanna’s smile and Pop’s penchant for sleeping through family meals, babies are gloriously unique. But one thing they all have in common is nappies. Disposable, reusable or a mix of the two, nappies will spend more time against the skin of your baby than your mother-in-law’s lips. So it’s important that the nappies you choose are the best for your baby.

These days’ reusable nappies are not just terry cloth towels hanging from hills hoists. Today, parents can buy reusable fitted nappies such as the organic hemp and bamboo nappies created by Baby Beehinds that look and perform much the same as conventional disposable nappies. The difference? While, initially, reusable nappies are a little more expensive, in the long run, they do end up saving you a great deal of money over time. This is not to mention the savings to the environment also.

A disposable nappy takes 150 – 300 years to break down. These nappies account for up to 30% of the non-biodegradable waste in landfills.

But most importantly, often the disposable nappies bought in supermarkets across Australia are thought by many to be a health hazard due to the potentially dangerous chemicals used to create them. Sodium polyacrylate often comes loose from the nappy and has been found in the urinary tract of babies causing bleeding in perineal and scrotal tissue in some babies. Organochlorins (chlorinated toxic chemicals) and Polyvinyl chloride are also found in disposables and have been known to cause cancer.

However, not all disposable nappies are the same. Brands such as Moltex or Bambo offer a natural alternative, while still providing optimum nappy performance (that’s professional talk to veil references to poo and wee). Made from renewable resources, biodegradable and free of the nasties that can harm your baby, these nappies are not only good for your baby but they’re nice to the environment too.

To mix things up a little (literally), there are also options that combine reusable and disposable nappies.

The Weenee Pouch Pants (cloth) can be fitted with biodegradable nappy pads or microfiber cloth, offering the best of both worlds.

And remember, you don’t need to choose just one option. Many mothers use reusable nappies during the day and disposable at night or when the baby goes on long trips.

There is more information available on cloth nappies and organic baby products online.

By Roel Freriks

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