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The History of the Cloth Nappy!

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We've come a long way from the traditional square cloth, fastened with safety pins. So there's no wonder Cloth Nappies have become so popular in the recent years.

Today Modern Cloth Nappies come in a host of shapes, including preformed cloth nappies, all-in-one nappies with waterproof exteriors, fitted nappy with covers and pocket or a "stuffable" nappy, which consist of a water-resistant outer shell sewn with an opening for insertion of absorbent material inserts.

In the early part of the 20th century, cloth users were boiling nappies as they became aware of bacteria. During world war II, women flocked to work in factories to fill in the major vacancies caused by men going to war.  With mothers away at work, their time to hand wash diapers became severely cramped. In came the need for the "Nappy service". Fresh cotton nappies would be delivered on an as-needed basis.

In 1946, the first waterproof cover was introduced. A Westport housewife named Marion Donovan, invented the "Boater", a waterproof covering for cloth Nappies. Marion was granted 4 patents for her designs, including the use of plastic snaps that replaced the traditional and dangerous "safety pins".

As disposable nappies were developing from nothing to a billion dollar industry, cloth nappies were becoming more and more functional and convenient.

We now live in a time where you can choose between 500 different colours, prints and styles of cloth nappies.  It’s a good time to start using cloth on your baby.  No matter what cloth nappy style you go with you are helping the overfull landfills, providing a healthier option for your baby.

 

 

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloth_diaper#:~:text=In%20the%20early%20part%20of,for%20the%20%22diaper%20service%22.&text=In%201946%2C%20a%20Westport%20housewife,waterproof%20covering%20for%20cloth%20diapers.

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