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Nappies - Disposable Vs Reusable

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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
I have found out that another lil ruckus is due in September. We used disposable nappies on the first one and just wondered if reusable nappies are worth it for the economical and ecological benefits? Anyone used reusable nappies?! IF so can you recommend any brand names? any thoughts would be welcome
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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#1
If you got the time to wash them,and are able to get a stack of them plenty of as its not worth putting the washing machine on for a few at a time cos you be constantly trying wash them and get them dry ready fro use again,then yes I think they a good idea if you cna bothered.You can buy them in starter packs and you supposedely get enough.Cottonbottoms is a brand I can think of theres not of other ones on market.
Must admit though they don't appeal to me and I've used disposables,I tried terry nappies without any success with my 1st and give up after half a day.Not for me,maybe things have moved on with them since my 1st is almost 8 now but I'll reach for the disposables everytime now I'm afraid.
#2
yeh, im afraid of just taking the easy option but would like to try for the 'saving the planet' ideal. Maybe ill buy some just to see how easy it might be.
1 Like #3
I recycle everything that the council here have the facilities for taking away out my recycle box.I use energy saving light bulbs and I do this and that to help.
I always made my own baby food however,so yeh can't do everything,I'm not that into saving planet.
It be the intial 1 of payment which be hefty compared to buying a pk of nappies but you notice the savings once you had some use.You then can always resell them after they too small on eBay or somewhere so you get some of your money back.
banned 1 Like #4
I find if you are inclined to use reusable then do so, they do save a lot of money.

However there is a time and place for disposables too. In the lifestyles we lead these days just using one would be silly I would recommend usinf reusable nappies in a structured environment, but when you need to be away from home for a long time disposables have there place too.

Check out http://www.realnappycampaign.com/ for more information. They will be able to put you in touch with a representative in your area
#5
thankyou both, good to hear other people comments. have some rep :)
banned#6
congratulations :thumbsup:

When i was a youngster and babysat babies they all used to always have nappy rash, i never knew a kid that didnt, since disposables you never really hear of nappy rash, so either all them years ago the barrier creams where cack, napies where not changed often enough or disposables are better at preventing. I used disposables on both of mine so cant really offer any advice
#7
thanks :) never had any major problems with nappy rash with disposables. I know if i dont think about it now september will come and i will just use disposables. lol
#8
The disposable vs real nappie argument has raged for a long time and I think if the ttruth were told there wouldn't be much in it environmentally.
The amount of energy and resources taken in washing real nappies has to be taken into account and this never was initially.

The real debate and action should be in forcing the disposable nappie makers to make a product that is easily bio-degradable.
Most disposable nappies are not and end up in landfill. Landfill which is rapidly running out and which will cause massive problems for your children and your children's children.
#9
I know this might sound a bit grim, but we used reusable nappies with our daughter (now 3) as well as using disposables when needed (Travelling or just laziness!) and generally found them to be ok. The big thing was the saving simply because we bought then 2nd hand on ebay (we did buy some new ones aswell). The good thing about ebay is that you can sell them on afterwards and get most if not all of your money back. Like has been said, buy plenty, I think we had 12 towards the end and washed them in 6's - you really don't want to be leaving them for too long, so get a good nappy bucket, with a good well fitting lid. We used ecological disposables when she was first born, then tried various different reusables before settling on Motherease nappies.

We were far from perfect, and would occasionally go for several weeks with disposables, but it still saved us a small fortune, and the nursery she went to were more than happy for her to use reusables - apparently, some are less enthusiastic!

Ebay is fantastic for baby stuff. baby clothes can be bought in huge bundles for next to nothing, and they are often as new because the baby grows out of them so quick. Also, a lot of things can be sold on for pretty much what you pay for them.

Hope this helps.
#10
ok the last major piece of reserch published was flawed it considered the norm for re usable napy users to use terries, wash at 90, use fabric softner, tumble dry and iron the nappies. they also assumed that most people wet pail nappies.

most of the time nappies are washed at 40 occationally 60, fabric softner is NOT used as it makes the nappies less absorbant, I only finnished mine off in the dryer but this may depend on the type of nappy you choose some take forever to line dry, and I've NEVER heard of anyone ironing nappies.

We used them on AM successfully and wouldn't hesitate to use 'em again.

Some advice -
Don't buy a birth to potty pack untill you know that the nappies suit your child.

Decide if you want to a shapped nappy and then decide if you want to use a seperate wrap or use an all in one.

You don't have to use plastic pants anymore lol

if you need anything or have any questions no matter how trivial PM me I'm now a real nappy rep and I'm happy to give any advice I can.
#11
jennybubbles
ok the last major piece of reserch published was flawed it considered the norm for re usable napy users to use terries, wash at 90, use fabric softner, tumble dry and iron the nappies. they also assumed that most people wet pail nappies.

most of the time nappies are washed at 40 occationally 60, fabric softner is NOT used as it makes the nappies less absorbant, I only finnished mine off in the dryer but this may depend on the type of nappy you choose some take forever to line dry, and I've NEVER heard of anyone ironing nappies.

We used them on AM successfully and wouldn't hesitate to use 'em again.

Some advice -
Don't buy a birth to potty pack untill you know that the nappies suit your child.

Decide if you want to a shapped nappy and then decide if you want to use a seperate wrap or use an all in one.

You don't have to use plastic pants anymore lol

if you need anything or have any questions no matter how trivial PM me I'm now a real nappy rep and I'm happy to give any advice I can.


Sorry Jenny and with the greatest respect I find some of that hard to believe. I'd love to see the source if you have it :)
I know times have changed but I would never have considered washing dirty nappies on 40 degrees and would be hesitant on 60.
Whilst I agree with you on Fabric conditioner I would find it hard to believe that parents aren't using it for nappies.
My Grandmother used to iron nappies as did my Mother as did we. Perhps we were freaks, lol :w00t::-D
With regard to drying that has always been one of the biggest drawbacks to terries. No problems when you can get them on the washing line but in all honsty how often is that in this country ?

Trouble is in writing all of that I still don't know what I'd do if I had to choose again. Again in all honesty I think it would be Real nappies and hope that mass produced re-usable or better still fast bio degradable disposable nappies became available quickly !

regards :)
#12
We only ever washed at 40 or 60 degrees, and certainly didn't use fabric conditioner, you loose so much absorbancy. Yes we used the tumble drier, but we certainly didn't iron. Modern reusable nappies are nothing like the old terry squares that you had to fold up, so there isn't actually much there to iron if you wanted to, and we REALLY didn't have the time or inclination to iron something that our darling daughter was just going to c**p in a couple of hours later!
#13
hottoshop
Sorry Jenny and with the greatest respect I find some of that hard to believe. I'd love to see the source if you have it :)
I know times have changed but I would never have considered washing dirty nappies on 40 degrees and would be hesitant on 60.
Whilst I agree with you on Fabric conditioner I would find it hard to believe that parents aren't using it for nappies.
My Grandmother used to iron nappies as did my Mother as did we. Perhps we were freaks, lol :w00t::-D
With regard to drying that has always been one of the biggest drawbacks to terries. No problems when you can get them on the washing line but in all honsty how often is that in this country ?

Trouble is in writing all of that I still don't know what I'd do if I had to choose again. Again in all honesty I think it would be Real nappies and hope that mass produced re-usable or better still fast bio degradable disposable nappies became available quickly !

regards :)



lol the source is myself and the several hundred other real nappie users I've spoken to as well as the train supplied by lollipop when I trained to be a nappy rep and the nappy manufacturers

the shapped nappes such as tots,minki motherease etc all have elastic in them as well as that some have PUL backing (the waterproof bit!) you wash that higher than 60 and you may as well just leave a baby naked cos its only gonna destry it and leak.

The problem with ironing nappes (again I'm just thinking of terries and prefolds here) is that your compressing the fibers again reducing absorbancy. You could iron them but I don't know many that would so its not really faor for that to have been taken into consideration in the study.

most nappy users use viniger as a softner insted of condioner by the way
#14
Ah ! Fair enough ! I am obviously way, way behind the times ! I have no experience of anything other than the original terry nappies so my comments were based on them.

I obviously need to read up on it a bit, nay lot, more, lol.

Never was questioning your integrity by the way, just an interesting subject and I like to learn new things.

regards :)
#15
hottoshop
Ah ! Fair enough ! I am obviously way, way behind the times ! I have no experience of anything other than the original terry nappies so my comments were based on them.

I obviously need to read up on it a bit, nay lot, more, lol.

Never was questioning your integrity by the way, just an interesting subject and I like to learn new things.

regards :)


no worries hun :lol:

as I'e said many a time feel free to drop me a line if ya need any help
#16
I used kushies,4 kids used disposables on 3 and then the last i changed to reusables to do my bit for the planet,they were brilliant,she never once had nappy rash and was dry by the age of 2,i had 18 and used to wash 12 at a time

good luck if you try them out :)
#17
nappy rash is caused by poo and pee mixing not caused by the nappy as such.

Build up of soap powders can have an irritating effect with real nappies so always make sure they are well rinced and only use half the soap you usually do.
banned#18
and i thought nappy rashwas caused by either or both being next to the skin for too long:?
#19
sassie
and i thought nappy rashwas caused by either or both being next to the skin for too long:?


pees generally fine on its own unless really strong or infected Poo would cause an irritation if left there I guess
#20
I have bought some re-usable nappies in first size, my daughter is 6 weeks old now and I haven't started to use them yet. Her nappies are still very liquid and I dont really fancy having to wash them in that state. It has been a real waste of money so far - however I bought them second hand so I have not waisted that much money on them. The one I have are Cotton Bottoms (which are no longer being made by their manufacturer Tommee tippee) They are a two part system which you fold the cloth and put an outer wrap on. They are lovely little nappies really. I have also been given some different kinds of reusables which I will use once Poppy is on solids.

Also Ebay DO NOT allow you to sell used nappies on there any longer - you can buy new ones but not used.

I would advise you not to buy any before baby is born as different brands suit different babies. Your local council may offer a starter pack or a money off voucher. My council offer £20 off £50 or a starter pack with 4 different nappies in it.

Congratulations on your pregnancy.
#21
Gosh, I just thought I'd have a look to see what links were available on google and the debate is raging isn't it?
I think that the landfill problem swings it for me - reusable most of the time, disposable when on the move etc.
The modern reusables seem much more user friendly than the terries I used decades ago.
:thumbsup:Congrats and good luck.
#22
BECKYBOO
Also Ebay DO NOT allow you to sell used nappies on there any longer - you can buy new ones but not used.


Didn't realise that, I guess somebody decided it was unhygenic, shame though as it meant we got ours almost free after buying and then reselling.
#23
lol its all kicked off in here hasnt it. didnt realise it was such a debate. Thanks for all your posts, i have found a voucher from the local council for money off a large pack so i will check that out and im sure i will have a good stock of disposables for my off days :)
[helper]#24
One other additional piece of advice - if you send your child to nursery make sure they understand you need the soiled nappies back. Ours had a habit of chucking them in a bin with the disposable nappies.....
#25
we tried nurery for a few weeks, they werent the cleverest there. We are very lucky in that my wife works with her mum and dad so our 3 year old plays with nana most of the time :)
#26
masterruckus
lol its all kicked off in here hasnt it. didnt realise it was such a debate. Thanks for all your posts, i have found a voucher from the local council for money off a large pack so i will check that out and im sure i will have a good stock of disposables for my off days :)


Anyone else who is interested in their local council 'incentives schemes' could try here:
http://www.bambinomio.com/
#27
Has anyone tried these 'green' Babycare disposable nappies?

Environmentally friendly: Made from 70% natural and biodegradable materials to care for your baby now and in the future. Our nappies are also totally chlorine free. Nature nappies won the Mother and Baby Silver Award for best disposable Nappy in December 2006.
#28
vickyo
Has anyone tried these 'green' Babycare disposable nappies?

Environmentally friendly: Made from 70% natural and biodegradable materials to care for your baby now and in the future. Our nappies are also totally chlorine free. Nature nappies won the Mother and Baby Silver Award for best disposable Nappy in December 2006.


We used them when they were still Nature boy and nature girl nappies. Found them really small made and not overy absorbent TBH. We used them when we were on holiday at haven. When we went back the following year I just hand washed the nappies and hung them out to dry.
#29
jennybubbles
We used them when they were still Nature boy and nature girl nappies. Found them really small made and not overy absorbent TBH. We used them when we were on holiday at haven. When we went back the following year I just hand washed the nappies and hung them out to dry.


Thanks, I'm pregnant with our first and I'd really like to be as environmentally friendly as possible but don't really want to do the old fashioned terry towels I confess (how guilty do I feel!)

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