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Why you might want to buy cloth nappies

Disposable nappies do a lot of damage to the environment.

Around 4% of all waste is made up by disposable nappies.

In the UK we throw away around 3 billion disposable nappies a year, that's 8 million a day that go to landfill sites, some of which may be near you. They may take hundreds of years to decompose in our landfills; this means every disposable nappy ever made still exists!

Even when they do decompose, they produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas.A baby will need about 4,000 nappy changes. This equates to 7 million trees being forested to produce Britain's nappies each year, around 70 square miles of forest. That's approximately. 4.5 trees per child.

Cloth nappies will not appeal to everyone. The common misconception is that they are is more unsanitary and smelly that disposable nappies. This is not the reality.

Using cloth nappies could be the best thing you can do for the environment. They are better for your baby, the environment and are cheaper than disposable nappies. We all want the best for our babies, and for some, money is not an issue. However, it is easy to forget that clean water, fresh air to breathe and an unpolluted sustainable environment is the best inheritance we can leave for our children.

Won't the nappies smell while waiting to be washed?

This is a common concern. All nappies smell, but a used disposable nappy might sit in a bin for up to a week before it is collected by the rubbish man. A cloth nappy might wait in a nappy bucket for 1 or 2 days before it is washed. A bucket full of disposable nappies may even smell worse than cloth nappies, as the aroma generated when urine interacts with the chemicals in disposable nappies is incredibly strong. You will not get this with cloth nappies.

If you are still not sure have a look at our washing guidelines to learn more about washing cloth nappies, and how you can even pay for a company to do it for you before making up your mind on cloth nappies.

Ok, sounds great but I just can't afford a set of cloth nappies

If you are on a very low income or in receipt of benefits and are about to have your first baby, you may be eligible for a £500 Sure Start Maternity Grant.

You can apply for this through your Jobcentre Plus.

You can also spread the cost by starting to save when you're pregnant. If you can save £10 per week from your 12 week scan until your baby is born, you'll have enough money to buy all the nappies your baby will need until they're potty trained!

We understand that having a baby can make monthly bank statements a regular ordeal. Prams, nappies, wipes and clothes; the list goes on and on. It often seems as if the smallest member of the family has the greatest need. Nonetheless, there are solutions that are economical and also make environmental sense.

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