Disposable Vs Cloth Nappy

When it comes to the debate of Disposable vs cloth nappies the choice is purely personal. Each option has its pros and cons. NESST has put together a short list to help you make this decision.

Disposable Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Very absorbent
  • Large variety of brands available
  • Come in large variety of sizes
  • Due to ease of use and replacement frequency can help aid the treatment and prevention of nappy rash.

    Disposable Cons

  • Ongoing costs
  • Environmental impact. ‘Hundreds of thousands of tons of disposable nappies fill up landfill every year and the manufacture of disposable nappies uses a lot of water and energy which has an environmental impact.’ (raisingchildren.net.au)

    Cloth Nappy Pros

  • Can be used for multiple children. If you are planning a second or third child, these nappies can be reused in the future.
  • Better for the environment. Reusing leads to less rubbish and less manufacturing making a smaller environmental impact.
  • Gentle on skin. Cloth is softer than plastic, a cloth nappy will be more comfortable for your little one.
  • Many brands and designs to choose from.

    Cloth Nappy Cons

  • Labour intensive.
  • Cleaning (sometimes intense cleaning), drying and folding. Cloth nappies require work that you may just not have the time or energy for.
  • Less absorbent. Compared to disposable nappies cloth do not absorb as much meaning you will be changing nappies more frequently.
  • Initial cost. The initial outlay for all the nappies you needs will be costly, granted once you have bought them you will not have to pay any ongoing costs.

    For more information check out raisingchildren.net.au or contact your local NESST nurse.