Sure, there are those who swear by traditional flat diapers, waterproof covers and ‘snappies’, but those moms who are after a far more convenient option will delight in discovering the modern cloth nappy.
The majority of people who balk at the idea of trading disposable nappies for their supposedly less-desired cloth counterparts are those who haven’t yet discovered the brighter, more stylish cloth nappies of today. ‘Pocket’ cloth nappies are very similar to disposable nappies in their design, but miles ahead in terms of style. But apart from these obvious good looks, modern cloth nappies have so much more to offer:
- They are an environmentally friendly alternative to disposables.
It’s estimated that the average baby goes through about 5 000 to 6 000 disposable nappies before they begin potty training, and it takes anywhere between 300 to 500 years for a disposable nappy to decompose. This means that every single disposable nappy ever put into a landfill is still there, and will remain there long after you, your children, or even your great grandchildren are gone!
What’s more, producing just one disposable nappy uses as much water as it does to wash one modern cloth nappy for a whole year… and we won’t even go into the harmful plastics and chemicals contained in disposable nappies (for example, it takes one cup of crude oil to make the plastic used in one disposable nappy). Scary, right?
- They are more cost-effective in the long run.
You might be put off by the initial cost of investing in cloth nappies – until you consider that you’ll only need between 10 – 30 cloth nappies compared to anywhere between 5 000 to 6 000 disposables! The total cost of this amounts to well over R16 000, while 20 Fancypants nappies will cost you as little as R4 400 – that’s over R10 000 saved within the space of two years! (Not to mention the fact that your cloth stash can be reused with any subsequent babies that may follow, saving you even more money.)
- They are better for baby.
Disposable nappies are full of harmful, toxic chemicals such as chlorine, alcohol, sodium lauryl sulphates, and synthetic perfumes, while one commonly used chemical, sodium polycrylate, can trigger allergic reactions. Disposable nappies also often contain dyes and dioxin, which is a carcinogenic by-product of the chlorine bleaching process. Many of these substances are incredibly toxic when absorbed through the skin, while some have been banned in feminine hygiene products!
What’s more, disposable nappies contain plastic, which doesn’t allow air to circulate and often results in skin irritations and heat rash. It’s also been proven that disposables trap heat and keep little boys’ genitalia at a higher-than-normal temperature, which could possibly affect their fertility in the long run. Make no mistake; the material against your baby’s skin all-day everyday matters, so make sure it’s natural – not synthetic and loaded with harsh chemicals and dyes! After all, we don’t walk around with chemicals and plastic in our underwear, so why should our children?
Find out more about cloth nappies – or purchase your own – at fancypantsproducts.co.za.
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