So, what has changed?
You will find that a lot of (hopefully) well-meaning friends and relatives
will tell you you are mad to think about using cloth nappies. They will have
all sorts of horror stories from as little as 3-5 years ago about folding,
pinning, soaking, leaking, nappy rash etc. So, what has changed? And why are more
and more people turning back to cloth?
Gone are the terry towelling squares that need folding and pinning and fall down
all the time - and gone
are boffy plastic pants. New fitted
styles are easy to use, reliable, comfortable for baby and look great.
The best nappy companies have their fabrics specially made for their nappies. This
is not the same cotton terry towelling or flanellette you can buy in the shops. These are
environmentally friendly fibres, specially knit or woven to be super-absorbent, easy
to care for, trim and long lasting. Breathable covers and stay-dry fabrics have revolutionised
cloth nappies, making them comfortable for baby and reducing the risk of nappy rash.
Detergents are more effective and less damaging to the environment now than they
were even 10 years ago.
Most manufacturers no longer recommend the use of bleach and/or nappy soakers
on their fabrics, making washing easier and more environmentally friendly.
Dry-pailing nappies (as opposed to soaking in the nappy bucket) elimates heavy
lifting, toxic water waste and dangers to
Washing machines are better and more reliable than ever. Much of washing nappies
now simply involves pressing a few buttons. Furthermore, most machines are very energy
efficient and water saving washing
machines reduce the amount of water used to wash nappies.
Although most manufacturers do not recommend always tumble drying your nappies,
most cloth nappies and covers can be safely tumble dried on rainy days or to freshen
them up on damp days. This means you never need to worry about running out of nappies!
A strange one to have here? A small stash of disposable nappies for emergencies
means you never have to stress about washing and drying nappies - great for rainy,
tired, sick weeks when it all gets too much ...