If you’re reading this, then you’re probably interested in using or switching to cloth nappies in place of disposable diapers. Is that a good idea, though? In this article, we’ll go over all of your options when it comes to cloth nappies and what parents can expect when using one.
Let’s get right to it!
Your options in baby cloth nappies
Modern cloth nappies have come a long way from its’ humble beginnings. These days you can find a variety of modern nappies in the market to suit every preference or budget.
Consider the following options:
All in one nappy
As the name suggests, these are baby cloth nappies with all the inserts and water-resistant layer attached in one piece. Reputable brands like Junior Tribe Co sell them in various sizes to match different age groups — premature, newborn, older baby, and toddlers.
As you might imagine, all-in-one nappies are convenient to use but tend to be more expensive. This is a significant downside considering that parents will need to buy different sizes as their baby grows.
One size nappies
Adjustable nappies that will last from birth to toddler years. As the name suggests, parents can change the waist size and height of the nappy to suit the baby’s size. These nappies are secured by either Velcro or snap buttons.
Pocket nappies are different in that they’re easier to store and carry around. It features a slot in between the outer layer and the inner layer of the nappy to place the padding inserts. Generally, recommend two inserts for daytime and night booster insert for night-time usage.
You can think of designer nappies as branded clothing for cloth nappies. They tend to be the most expensive of the bunch due to its distinct patterns and styling.
PUL baby nappies
PUL nappies are made from laminated polyester material, which makes them water-resistant. You do not need additional covers for outdoor use. The material is also breathable, which means that your baby can wear them in winter and the summer season.
What to look out for when choosing cloth nappies
Many choices in the market which make it tough to choose. To select the right option, consider the following:
- Are you buying from a reputable seller?
- Will the nappy fit your baby from birth to toddler years (adjustable sizing)?
- Is it reasonably priced?
- Is it easy to use and clean?
With reusable cloth nappies, it is better to stick with standard colours/patterns. After all, they are concealed underneath the clothes. Hence it does not make sense spending more for intricate patterns or designs.
How many do you need?
Newborn babies go through 8-10 nappy changes a day during the first three months. As the baby grows, the nappy changes become less frequent. By six months, your baby might need as few as six nappy changes per day. Once the toilet training starts, you can cut down use to just one nappy change per night.