In my segment on #lochia I touched on why cloth menstrual pads are better for your vagina's health. I am also an advocate of cloth nappies.
There are many reasons - money, environmental impact and the health of your baby.
1. As a parent you change upwards of 5,500 nappies from birth to toilet training per child and in Australia approx. 2.1billion nappies are disposed of every year. It takes 200-500 years for a disposable nappy to break down. This leaves a huge impact on our environment.
2. I understand that cloth nappy outlay's can be quite daunting and sometimes can put people off when spending a few hundred all at once. You might even be thinking a disposable only costs me 35c a nappy why would I spend up to $35 on a single nappy. But the cost of a full stash of good quality brand new cloth nappies is around $500 which will last from birth to toilet training where as disposables is upwards of $3500.
3. Disposable nappies are full of chemicals such as Sodium Polyacrylate, Tribuytl Tin (a highly toxic chemical), chlorine, alcohol, synthetic perfumes, sodium lauryl sulfates and sodium fluoride. Many of these chemicals have been banned in women’s hygiene products and have been proven to be extremely toxic when absorbed through the skin, many with long term risks. The plastic that lines a disposable doesn’t allow air to circulate which can cause heat rash and skin irritations in some babies. Disposable nappies keep boy’s genitalia at a higher than normal temperature (up to 1 degree), possibly affecting their fertility. More and more reports are emerging of babies and children who have received burns from the chemicals used in disposable nappies when they have ‘burst’ whilst being worn.
If you have any question on choosing cloth, using it, washing or how to get a good fit. Feel free to message me.