The vast majority of posts written about reusable nappies are done by people who want to use them. As you might expect. This review however, is a little bit different. When my wife first asked me to reach out to people to see if we could try reusable nappies I really didn’t want to. I am happy enough staying with disposable nappies if I’m totally honest with you. So when Fill Your Pants said they’d send us out their starter pack, I was almost a little bit disappointed.
Reusable Nappies: Taking the Plunge With Fill Your Pants Despite the Fact I don’t Really want to
Like I just said, I don’t really want to use reusable nappies. AT ALL. The idea of scraping, dropping or just removing poop from a nappy and then having to wash the damn thing with a load of others that have built up sounds like a right pain in the arse.
Reusable nappies do make life a little bit more difficult than disposable one. But making life as easy as possible isn’t the main reason for having reusable nappies.
Why use reusable nappies when you’re happy with disposable ones?
As I alluded to at the top, I’m not massively fond on making the switch to reusable nappies from disposable ones. But I’m usually happy to give something a go, so here we are.
We were sent the starter pack from Fill Your Pants well over a month ago now, so we really have had a good amount of time to get into the swing of using cloth nappies. And how have we faired? Well put it this way. Since having that starter pack my wife has bought somewhere around £200s worth of various nappies available on Fill Your Pants to mean we can pretty much ditch the disposables altogether.
Fill Your Pants – The More you Buy the More you Save
Part of the reason I was always put off by reusable nappies was the initial cost you had to put out in order to properly be able to do it. But in fairness to Fill Your Pants, they’re really not that expensive. One nappy from the Alva Baby One Size range will set you back £6.95. I wouldn’t say they’re one size fits all though, I mean tthey don’t exactly fit me.
And the more you buy the more you’ll save. If you really want to take the plunge and go all in, then you can buy 20+ and knock £1 off per nappy. It’ll then cost you about £178.50 for 30 nappies – which will easily be enough for you to last a good few days between washes – instead of £208.50 thanks to the bulk buy.
As you can see from the image, Fill Your Pants offer a pretty pleasing range of nappies. Most of the nappies on display there are the Alva range. But they do have other options for you to try should you want to see what works best for you. I’ll be honest though, these ones have been pretty great. The only thing we don’t use them for is the night-time nappy. But for that they do have night nappies at a slightly higher price.
Are Disposable Nappies really Worth the price?
If you want to know whether disposable nappies are really worth the price from a financial point of view then you really need to do your own maths. Simply work out roughly how long you have left of using nappies – for us it’s going to be a while since we’re pregnant again – and how many nappies you go through on average per day and do a little bit of totting up.
For us – and this is purely our numbers – we were using around 5-6 nappies per day. For the sake of argument I’ll call it 6. That’s 2190 nappies per year. At £3.50 for a pack of 48 that would mean we’d need 46 packs costing £161 every year. So if you only have a year or so left, then there isn’t really much in it in terms of cost.
If like us you already have one child in nappies – who’s 22 months for what that’s worth – and another child on the way, then reusable nappies will be an investment that pays off.
Of course, using reusable nappies to save some money isn’t the only reason people ditch disposables.
Reusable Nappies Aren’t Just about Saving Money
For the sake of argument lets just say we did use 6 nappies on average per day from birth to the time we stop using them. Again, for argument sake, let’s just say we go nappy free at the age of three. That’s 6570 nappies that would be headed for landfill over those three years. If you really want to put that into perspective, then let’s say that every used nappy is roughly 2 inches in height. That’s probably not far off, right?
If you stacked every single one of them on top of the other then all those used nappies would be taller than the Eiffel Tower!
A Little Bit More Maths Behind Disposable nappies
In 2017 there was 679,106 births in the UK. Now imagine if every single one of those babies used the amount of nappies I’ve outlined above – just 6 per day for three years. That’s almost 4.5 BILLION nappies over the course of 3 years. That’s 699,554 Eiffel Towers worth of nappies piled on top of each other. Stack every single one of those nappies next to each other in a line and they would wrap around the Earth over 9000 times. That’s stunning! As long as my GCSE in maths hasn’t totally failed me.
Don’t get me wrong, you might be able to dispute some of my maths. The averages might not quite be right, and it might not be 2 inches for every nappy. Even more so if you compressed them, which they obviously do. But let’s be real. Even if I’m off by a big amount it will still add up to an awful lot of nappies being added to landfill. And it’s not sustainable.
If you merely replace ONE disposable nappy with a reusable nappy every single day from birth to three years then that’s 1095 disposable nappies that don’t end up in landfill.
So yes, reusable nappies can be a slight pain. But in the long run they can save you money, and more importantly they can help not ruin our environment.
If you want to take the plunge like we have, then feel free to do so via Fill Your Pants. I will eventually write more about reusable nappies and how we have things setup. But this is more just a post about the initial transition to going with reusables. Keep an eye out for more to come!