You will save thousands of dollars every year, and that’s only for your first child!
Instead of spending around $4000 a year on disposable nappies, you could spend $400 once on a set of cloth nappies and never buy a disposable nappy again.
You can own as few as 13 nappies to be using cloth full time.
They cost between 50c – 70c each, depending on the brand. Eco-friendly disposables cost even more! Newborns need as many as 12 nappies a day, and toddlers use about 6 nappies a day. That’s about $4000-5000 on nappies for one child from birth.
Extremely Nappies cost around $30 each, which means it would have paid for itself in 7 – 10 days. Cloth nappies are much cheaper than disposables.
Modern cloth nappies like Extremely Nappies can go on and be used for subsequent kids increasing the cost benefits enormously.
Cloth nappies are a responsible environmental choice. An independent study found:
- The production of disposable nappies uses around 3.5 times the amount of energy used for a cloth nappy.
- The production of disposable nappies uses over twice the amount of water used for washing cloth nappies.
- Disposable nappies use over 8 times the amount of non renewable raw materials and a whopping 90 times the amount of renewable materials .
- For one child with an average 6 nappies a day over 2.5 years, approximately 734 kg of solid waste goes into landfill.
- Disposable nappies are not bio-degradable and can sit in our landfill for hundreds of years.
Comfort and performance
Extremely Nappies have a stay-dry inner lining to keep your baby’s bottom nice and dry. The waterproof layer is breathable to allow air flow, and the elasticized legs are soft and non-restrictive.
Many parents find that babies have less nappy rash in cloth.
For overnight or if you have a ‘heavy wetter’ you can increase the absorbency by adding a booster (or even an old face washer).
It only takes 7 minutes to put a load of nappies in the machine, hang them out, bring them in and put them together again. That’s less time than it would take to go to the store and buy a packet of disposables.
- Put the soiled nappy into a bucket with a lid (no water required)
- Put the nappies in your washing machine on a normal cycle, with half the powder you would normally use
- Hang the nappies on the line (or tumble dry)
Research into the health risks of disposable nappies is limited; however some independent research agents (not funded by disposable or cloth manufacturers) have cited the following risks and noted that further research is urgently required:
A possible link between disposable nappies and the increasing prevalence of childhood asthma, due to airborne emissions from the nappies.
Disposable nappies keep boy’s genitalia at a slightly higher than normal temperature, possibly affecting their fertility.
Sodium polyacrylate crystals used for absorbing liquid has already been banned in tampons for its link to Toxic Shock Syndrome, but is continued to be used in disposable nappies.
Up to 3.6 times the World Health Organisation’s estimated tolerable daily intake of TBT or tributyl tin (a very toxic chemical) have been found in disposable nappies.