Cloth or Disposable?

In the first year of your child's life there'll be a lot of trial and error when it comes to finding the right nappy for your baby and your budget.

Did you know that your baby will go through approximately 5500-8000 nappy changes from newborn to toilet training?
 Modern cloth nappy
Here are a couple of considerations to think about when choosing what’s right for you.

Environment
A staggering 3.75 million disposable nappies are used each day in Australia and New Zealand, and it takes about one cup of crude oil to make each nappy. This is a lot of landfill, with conventional disposable nappies estimated to take up to 150 years to break down. 
Disposable nappies usually consist of a waterproof plastic outer layer, chemicals for absorbing liquid (often sodium polyacrylate), and an inner liner to go against the baby’s skin. They may also contain glues, dyes, and synthetic perfumes.
 
Cost
The upfront cost of reusable nappies is quite high, but in the long run it's potentially cheaper than disposables – decreasing in cost exponentially with every child. Mainstream brand disposable nappies cost around $0.30-$0.50 each, purchased in large packs. This equates to approximately $1600-$4000 per child. Cloth nappies vary in price depending on the style and brand that you choose. A basic full-time stash (24-35 nappies) of pocket nappies can be purchased brand new for $200-$500 depending on the brand. 
 
Convenience 
You can't go past disposables for convenience. Cloth nappies do require a bit more work, and might be a pain when you're out. But, even if you aren’t fully committed to Cloth nappies or choose to use them part time, you will still be doing a world of good for the environment and your back pocket.

Often a major barrier to using cloth nappies for some families is fear of all that washing! For me I choose to wash my nappies every second to third day which only adds an extra 10 minutes to my usual cleaning schedule.
  
   
The Takeaway
Choosing the right nappy is a personal decision. It’s important to consider the pros and cons of each to decide what will work best for you.


  
What we can offer you

If you are interested in taking the plunge into the Modern Cloth Nappy pond, Little Moonie offers affordable trial packs of four for only $50.

If you have any questions or want to chat about any of the topics covered here, head over to our contact page, or message me on our facebook or instagram accounts @Littlemooniebroome 
 

Information sources
https://www.choice.com.au/babies-and-kids/baby-clothes-and-nappies/nappies/buying-guides/disposable-and-cloth-nappies#Disposable%20vs%20cloth

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