When you’re packing your leopard print changing bag for a day out, does it contain disposable nappies or have you switched to the reusable variety?
If you haven’t swapped to reusable nappies, a recent article for the Huffington Post may help convince you that they’re the best option.
The news provider explained that, aside from anything else, the environmental impact is worth considering. On average, a child in disposable nappies generates half a ton of landfill waste a year – all of which can be avoided by switching to reusables.
However, the cost is one of the big benefits of having reusable nappies ready rather than disposables. An entire set of reusable nappies comes in at between £150-£200. That might sound like a lot of money, but that’s all you need to spend for the entire three-ish years that your child will be using nappies.
By contrast, it costs an average of £300 a year for disposable nappies – and that’s just for a single child. If you have more than one kid you’ll be saving hundreds in their early years.
The article also stressed that they’re not that much work either. While you do obviously have to wash them, you’ll be doing a lot of washing with a baby anyway, so it’s not any extra work. According to the news provider, it will take about an hour and a half a week to get all that washing done and assemble the nappies – not a lot of time in the grand scheme of things.
One woman who’s made the change did so because her baby was suffering from nappy rash. Speaking to the BBC in December, Karen McKenna said that aside from saving money and being kinder for the environment, the reusable nappies are “so soft, they’re kind to skin”.