Real Nappy Week: 5 Reasons to Switch to Reusable Nappies

As it’s officially Real Nappy week I thought I’d do the pretty obvious thing and talk about real nappies. OH WOW, REALLY!? Not that I ever use the term “real nappies” – it’s not like disposable ones are imaginary – but instead I go with the term reusable nappies. Either way, does it really matter? No. Did I just waste a few moments of your time talking bollocks before I’ve even really started? Yes. Of course I did, that’s what I do. Anyway, do you want 5 reasons to make the switch to reusable nappies? If not then what the fuck are you doing here?

Real Nappy Week: 5 Reasons to Switch to Reusable Nappies

As you might be able to guess from the title I’m going to give you a bunch of reasons – five in fact – why you should consider switching from disposable nappies to reusable nappies. On with the list, shall we.

Reusable Nappies are Cost Effective in the long run

Depending on how long you’re going to need nappies for will depend on how cost effective reusable nappies can be. If you just have a two year old and don’t plan on having any more children, then perhaps you won’t reap the benefits from making the switch to reusable nappies.

If, like us, you have a two year old and another baby on the way, then you’re certainly looking at gaining in the long run on a financial basis. I have zero idea when we’ll have to stop using nappies but it’s going to be at least another three years. Add all that up, and that’s a whole lot of nappies that we could be spending money on.

But it’s not just money that you throw away on disposable nappies. It’s also the nappies themselves.

Switch to Reusable Nappies to reduce waste

Let’s be honest, at some point in the VERY near future we are all going to have to take a lot more responsibility for the waste that we produce. Arguably we already should be. And one thing that is unnecessarily adding an awful lot of waste to landfills is disposable nappies. Just look at this little image I used in a post about Fill Your Pants – the company who kick started our journey into reusable 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.

Reusable Nappies just look a whole lot nicer

If there’s one thing no one can deny when it comes to disposable nappies vs reusable nappies, it has to be the look. Boring plain white with some shitty little pattern on it, or an array of designs like this:

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly what you would call a fashion expert. Well, I’d say I am. I just don’t think others would. But even I can see that using reusable nappies adds another dimension to your fashion choices.

Not that it makes life any easier if I’m honest. It’s just one more thing for a toddler to get fussy over. Try having a two year old repeatedly scream “BALLOONS” at you because they want to nappy – that’s now in the wash bag – with the balloons on it and not the one with dinosaurs on. Just put your nappy on so we can continue with our day. Please.

Cloth nappies are Much more comfortable than disposable nappies – Well, I imagine!

Alright, I can’t exactly categorically say that wearing a cloth nappy is more comfortable than a reusable one. Despite my best effortsonly hit that link if you want to see a weird mid-twenties man attempting to wear a nappy – I’ve never actually managed to wear a cloth nappy.

But they do seem like they would be more comfortable. Besides, they don’t have all the chemical stuff that a disposable nappy has, so there’s that added bonus too.

Reusable Nappies are a lot let hassle than you might think

When we first started using reusable nappies – which wasn’t actually that long ago – I really didn’t want to do it. I didn’t see the point, I didn’t want to scrape shit off a nappy and I certainly couldn’t be arsed to wash and dry the damn things. But guess what. They’re actually pretty easy to use and don’t massively add that much more time than using disposables nappies.

I know, right! Who would’ve thought! Maybe one day, when I’m really bored I might write a post all about our reusable nappy routine – I know, calm your excitement for that one! I’ll talk about what we do, how much time it takes, how we wash them. All that super exciting stuff that’s making you salivate at the mere thought of reading! Or I could get my wife to do it. That could be easier.

So that’s five reasons to switch to reusable nappies for Real nappy week

Well that’s it. It doesn’t really matter that it’s Real Nappy Week. I just felt like it was a good excuse to write a little bit more about cloth nappies – or whatever bloody name you want to give them – and hope that someone out there decides to give it a go. You could always dip your foot in the water and go with a starter pack from Fill Your Pants and see how you get on! That’s what we did!

Anyway, thanks for reading this shit. It does mean a lot that people actually read the words that I string together to form paragraphs. Now it’s time for the wankery bit where I see if you want to pin this on Pinterest – fat chance – and then ask you to follow me on the social media pages. Just not Twitter. Don’t bother. My Twitter is shit.

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I’m a 27 year old married father of one – soon to be two! I started blogging after suffering with postnatal depression when Isabelle was born. These days I just talk about my life as a dad.

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