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How Do Reusable Nappies Work? – Complete Beginners Guide

Updated: Feb 10

As a parent of a newborn, you want the best for your baby. One of the first things you need for your baby is nappies. When looking for nappies, we recommend you go for reusable cloth nappies. Although disposable nappies may appear to be an easier option, there are other things to consider for the comfort of your baby.


Reusable provide a softer start with natural fibres rather than chemicals and plastic and paper materials. And though there is a washing and drying aspect to cloth nappies, there are a multitude of benefits.


Why Use Reusable Nappies?

One of the biggest benefits of using reusable nappies is the amount of money that you save with them. With cloth nappies, you don’t need to buy a many. For example, about 25 to 30 cloth nappies would last from birth to potty training versus the 5000 nappies on average you use with disposables. Cloth nappies can also be used for a second child or sold on as second hand. If you compare the cost of around 25 cloth nappies to 5000 disposables you will quickly see the difference add up!

Even if you add the costs for washing the nappies, reusable nappies would still be considerably less expensive than the disposable nappies brands. Don’t forget with cloth nappies you won’t need nappy bags and are less likely to need nappy creams very often


Cloth Nappy vs Disposable Nappy: Which is Better?


All in all, reusable nappies offer a better range of benefits than disposable nappies. Reusable cloth nappies are much more cost-effective than disposable nappies. And not just economical, reusable nappies are also safe for the environment.


There is a misconception that disposable nappies are easier to use which is no longer true with Modern Cloth Nappies. Many cloth nappies brands have made it extremely easy to use Nappies and similar to disposable in the way you put them on.

Reusable Nappies come in stylish designs. You can find custom designs for nappies with fun patterns and amazing colours. This gives you a wider range in terms of designs that you can explore.


If you are worried about rashes and skin redness, the risks are greatly reduced with cloth nappies. Stop believing the myths that cloth nappies cause rashes. Try using cloth nappies for your newborn and see for yourself. The natural fibres of cloth nappies and stay dry layers mean that the moisture is drawn away and only soft materials are against your babies delicate skin.


How Do Reusable Nappies Work?

Disposable nappies, on the other hand, are made with chemicals like Sodium

Polyacrylate, chlorine, synthetic perfumes, and stuff like that. All these chemical can be

harmful to even the skins of adults. Babies have more highly sensitive skin, you

never know the kind of effect these nappies would have on the skin of your baby.


What are the Best Reusable Nappies Brands?

This can vary from baby to baby. The size and shape of your little one can determine which nappy works best for you. There are however some nappies that seem to work for the majority of babies.

What you need is, a truly tried and tested nappy that has proven itself repeatedly. There are many companies with reviews of different brands, Facebook groups and parent awards for different brands. At The Norfolk Nappy Company we only stock nappies we know and trust so we are confident any of our brands would work for most babies.


If you need help or advice on which nappies might work best for your lifestyle and your baby we offer lots of ways you can get a recommendation. From online consultations to advice questionnaires we are happy to help.


How to Store Dirty Nappies?


You need to set up separate storage space for keeping the dirty nappies. Store nappies either in a large wet bag or a bucket with a lid. Keep piling

them up and clean them all at once.



Nappies do not need to be pre-soaked. Store all dirty nappies together until you are ready to wash. Leaving nappies for more than 2 days can cause ammonia damage so you should plan to wash them at least every 2nd day.


How Do Reusable Nappies Work?


How to Wash and Dry Reusable Nappies?


Washing Nappies:


For washing the nappies, first, you need to pass them through a cold rinse cycle. Use plain water in the washing machine and set it to about half an hour. In the next cycle, you are going to need to use the detergent. Always make sure to use a non-bio powder detergent and don’t use detergents that come with added whiteners.


Drying Nappies:


Different cloth nappies brands have different guidelines for drying the nappies. Still, there are some common points that work for all nappies. Direct high temperatures should always be avoided.

The best way to dry a reusable nappy is by drying it on the washing line. You can also tumble dry if you want to but keep the setting too low and don’t tumble dry the outer layers if possible. You can also use an airing cupboard for drying purposes. Placing the nappies near a radiator also works just fine (but not on the radiator).


Both nappies and inserts can be dried in this way. Once the nappies are dry, you will be able to use them for your baby.


How Often Should You Change Reusable Nappies?

You need at least 20 to 30 reusable nappies if you have decided to go with this option for your baby. Since you are going to be changing the nappy every 2 to 3 hours especially in the early days, you need to have this many at your disposal so that you can easily rotate them for use.


Wrapping Up:

This is all there is to it. Again, using reusable nappies may come off as a bit of a hassle, but is by far the best option that you have for your little one. Instead of going for disposable nappies which are way more expensive and bad for the environment, choose the reusable ones that last for a long time and are great for the health of your baby.


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