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All you need to know about cloth nappies



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Created on Oct 04, 2023 · 3 mins read

Nappies are a staple once you welcome your little one to the world. It might seem like the nappy train never ends as you’re always equipped with 2 or more on the run. Going through countless disposable ones can cause a bit of guilt, so you may be wondering if you should prepare for birth with cloth nappies. Well, you’re in luck! We’ve filtered through all the info to help you make the right decision for your family.

What are the Pros and Cons of Cloth Nappies

You can see with your own eyes the amount of nappies that mamas go through every single day. Landfills are full of them and one nappy takes on average 150 years to break down – crazy! On the other hand, cloth nappies will use plenty of water and detergent to wash them frequently, but the impact is far less.


  • Sustainability! You’re saving on overall waste and the general production of disposable materials
  • It is much more cost effective option
  • You can stay away from the shops more, as you won’t have to stop so often for nappy restocks
  • No harmful chemicals or plastics


  • Endless washing – easy to say the effort to clean and dry the countless nappy changes your little one will go through is much higher. Your laundry machine will definitely be put to good work
  • More expensive investment – the cost upfront will be more, but over time you’ll be saving
  • You’ll need to be more organised – whenever you leave the house you will have to make sure you have enough nappies ready. With disposables you have the ability to pop into the shops, so this requires a little more planning
  • Need for extra cleaning and caution – they will have to be nice and clean for your baby’s bottom

If the pros outweigh the cons, here are a few options you can try;

Cloth Squares

These are typically made from terry, cotton, bamboo or hemp. You’ll need to grab some pins or clips to fasten them together but they fit well! These are popular because of their cost and quick dry time.


This type of nappy will have an absorbent inner part with a water-resistant outside, giving it the name “all-in-one”! They’re pretty convenient but take a while to dry which can become a hassle at times.

Pocket nappies

These nappies use an insert of another material between the outer and inner layer (the pocket area) to absorb different amounts of liquid. Drying isn’t a problem but you will have to take the inserts out before each wash and remember to put them back in.


If you’re looking for another cheaper option, these are pretty solid! Soft layers of fabric are folded over each other into a pad shape with a leak-proof cover surrounding it. The sizing on these guys are a bit more difficult which means you might have to buy a few sizes. Other than that, they dry quickly but aren’t as absorbent as others.

Fitted nappies

Velcro or press studs are used on this nappy, making it easy to change, but more expensive. You need to use a leak-proof cover with them, and some will have an absorbent insert inside. They are slower to dry and are available in one-size-fits-most or a few other sizes.

With all of the alarming environmental news constantly flashing on your screen, you might be wondering what you can do to improve your impact. If making the switch to cloth nappies is doable for your family, consider which one will be the most affordable and useful to you. Nappies will be your #1 sidekick soon – so get prepared!

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