With so many reusable nappies to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which ones to buy for your baby. To decide which reusable nappies will suit your baby most, you need to think about how your will be using them. Answering these simple five questions will help you get started.
- About your baby: Are you buying the cloth nappies while you’re pregnant? Are you planning to use them from birth? If not, how old is your baby? Is your baby chubby or slim? Is your child a heavy wetter?
- Who is caring for the baby? Will other people be changing your baby’s nappies? Is he looked after by grand-parents, a child minder or nursery workers? (If other people will be looking after him, you want something simple)
- How will you wash the nappies? Do you have space to store the wet nappies? Where will you be drying the nappies? (If you’re short of space, quick drying reusable nappies are a good option)
- Will you have more than one child in reusable nappies at one time? In this case, one-size reusable nappies are preferable so you have one pack of nappies for both children). Are you planning to have more children. Reusable nappies can easily be passed down to younger siblings making them an even better investment.
- What is your budget? Research shows that using cloth nappies could save £500 for a first child and even more for subsequent children as there will be no need to buy new nappies. (Research done by the Women Environmental Network in 2005). Cloth nappies are a sound investment. You can either buy a pack of the same brand, or mix and match various brands and nappy systems or buy a few nappies a month as your budget allows.
Thinking about how you will use your reusable nappies is the best place to start to buy the right nappies for your baby.