There are many reasons why parents decide to use reusable nappies, the most common you can guess are: saving money (financial reasons) and reducing waste (environmental reasons).
Using reusable nappies can be a daunting decision to make, even for the most motivated parents.
After all there is a bit of a financial outlay to first buy the nappies without being able to try them on a child and secondly, new parents simply don't know what it is going to be like becoming a parent. You hear the great birth stories, the horrendous birth stories, everybody tells you how hard a baby is to look after in those first few months/years. And it can be easy to loose that initial motivation.
✨ So if you feel you need a pep talk to get you back on track with using your reusable nappies, or whether you need some motivation to get you over the decision line, well this blog is for you! ✨
My main reason for using reusable nappies was environmental. I couldn't bear the thought of our family creating a small mountain of disposable nappies that would still pollute this Earth long after we would have all departed this world.
But there are many other reasons why reusable nappies are awesome. We'll start with the 2 main reasons for using cloth nappies and then expand on other reasons.
1. Environmental warrior 🌿
Picture this: you, yes YOU, have the power to become a superhero for the environment, all while raising your little bundle of snuggles! 👶
Imagine Wonder Woman, but instead of her Lasso of Truth and a pair of indestructible bracelets; YOU have popped the hip out carrying baby on one arm and in your other hand your trusty Real Nappies. You are ready to save the planet, one nappy at a time! ✨
It's like a double dose of awesomeness, right? By switching to reusable nappies, you'll be a true champion of Mother Earth and your baby. 🌍💪💚👶
Those disposable nappies, well, they are quite handy to use. I mean buying something, using it once and just disposing of it after use is really easy. But reusable nappies are not a whole lot harder either once you have climbed the learning curve and given them a go.
Let’s think about it - your beautiful little bundle of joy is going through approximately 10-12 nappies a day at newborn stage and about 6 per day as he or she gets older. So, that’s 8,000 nappies, regardless of using disposables or reusables.
You can be the ultimate eco-warrior by donning the cape of reusable nappies! They're here to save the day, swooping in to minimize waste and keep the world cleaner and greener. 🦸♂️🌿
2. Money Supersaver 💰
Not only will you be saving the Earth, but you'll also be saving your hard-earned cash! Ka-ching! 💰
Using reusable nappies can lead to substantial cost savings in the long run.
On average, parents spend $4,000 on disposable nappies per child (approx. 3 years old toilet training stage). We worked out that using our nappies you will spend $910 (including laundering expenses) for your first child, and since our nappies can be reused, it costs even less for your second or third child. In fact, Real Nappies cloth nappies have a warranty for at least two children!
If you want to see how we worked this out: Cost of Reusables vs Disposables.
Think of all the exciting adventures and experiences you can have with your little sidekick when you've got some extra bucks in your pocket. You can invest in your child's education, experiences, and a brighter future 💚👶
3. Join a community of like-minded individuals
Now, you're not in this cloth nappy gig alone. You become part of a fantastic team of like-minded parents and caregivers, all on a mission to make the world a better place for our tiny humans. It's a whole community of eco-warriors, high-fiving and supporting each other every step of the way. 🤝🌿
At Real Nappies, we don't just want to sell you stuff, we want you to be successful with using reusable nappies. 🏆
We are only an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or DM away from you to give you advice and support or point you in the direction of something you need.
4. Embrace your role as a change-maker
You have the ability to be a catalyst for change. Each time you choose a reusable nappy over a disposable one, you are making a conscious decision to protect our environment. Small acts, when multiplied by millions, can transform the 🌍.
Too often, with our busy lives it is easy to loose sight of the big picture. And sometimes like during a severe weather event, we are reminded that we are part of something bigger than us and we can make a difference, one nappy at a time, one reusable coffee cup at a time.
Using reusable nappies doesn't have to be an all-in situation. Many people do cloth nappies part-time to suit their family situation and that still makes a massive difference!
Educate and inspire others: share your experiences and knowledge with friends, family, and your community. By spreading awareness about the benefits of reusable nappies, you can inspire others to make eco-friendly choices and create a ripple effect of positive change.
5. The adorable factor
And hey, let's talk about the adorable factor. Reusable nappies come in a rainbow of colors, making nappy changing time a fiesta of brightness! 🎉 Your baby will be the trendiest little superhero around town. 👶
And what able the nappy waddle. We just love the look of those cute little bottoms waddling around in their cloth nappies.
6. Top choice for your baby's health
Cloth nappies are better for your baby's health. We all want a chemical free lifestyle for our babies. However, with disposable nappies, there is the question of what is hidden in some disposable nappies, including the various chemicals used to make the disposable nappies and fragrances that can irritate sensitive baby skin.
Those disposable nappies might look convenient, but they often contain harsh chemicals and synthetic materials that can irritate your baby's sensitive skin. Ouch!
That's where your trusty reusable nappies come to the rescue! Once you learn if your baby needs sensitive detergents or not, and when washed properly, reusable nappies will come out squeaky clean. Made from natural, breathable fabrics, they provide a gentle and comfortable layer of protection for your baby's bottom.
Many people actually switch from disposables to reusable cloth nappies and see a marked improvement in their baby's skin. Say goodbye to those nasty rashes and hello to happy, giggly little superheroes! 🌈😄
Be the superhero safeguarding your baby from potential health hazards! 🛡️💚
But listen, being a superhero doesn't mean being perfect all the time.
We might have those moments where a disposable nappy sneaks its way in because we need the break or we've been unwell. It happens! What matters most is that we keep trying and keep improving, little by little. Progress, not perfection, is the name of the game! 🏆
So let's rock this reusable nappy adventure with enthusiasm and courage! Spread the word, inspire others to join the party and let's show the world that we're not just changing nappies; we're changing the future!
You've got this! Go forth and cloth nappy responsibly! 🚀💚