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6 common myths about reusable nappies

Section: Baby care

Reusable nappies have been widely discussed in recent years as part of an ongoing debate around single-use plastics and the negative effect of disposable baby products on the environment.

Compared to the 1990s where only 2% of parents were using reusable nappies, over 30% of parents now use reusable baby products, showing that the demand for reusable and sustainable baby products growing at a rapid rate and shows no signs of slowing down.

Despite the popularity of reusable nappies growing, age-old myths continue to arise and form incorrect perceptions that need to be put to bed.

Bambino Mio share the key myths and truths about reusable nappies.

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MYTH 1) "More expensive than disposables"

The upfront cost is more but reusable nappies work out significantly cheaper in the long run.

Babies go through approximately 3,000 disposables per year – approximately only 15 reusable nappies are needed to use full-time so the cost of disposables considerably outweighs reusables. 

Consumers can save up to £700 when using reusable nappies and can save even more when the products are used on a second child.

Part-time use can even help you see some financial savings.
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MYTH 2) "Reusable nappies create too much washing"

False, reusable nappies of today are extremely easy to clean and they can easily fit into your regular washing routine. Simply factor in how many you plan to use as well as the amount you need for rotation, easy!

Nappies can be stored in a laundry bag until washing day to ensure you can fit them into your regular washing routine.
Simply lift the laundry bag out and put straight into the machine!
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MYTH 3) "Complicated to use"

Today’s reusable nappies have been designed to be super simple and convenient for parents to use. Bambino Mio’s miosolo is just as easy to use as a disposable with hook and loop (Velcro) fastening to make change-time quick, easy and fuss-free.

These nappies can also be adjusted easily to suit the shape of your baby.
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MYTH 4) "Inconvenient when out and about"

Reusable nappies are just as easy to use when out of the house. Just ensure you pack everything you need when making a trip.

Bambino Mio’s wet bags are perfect to bring with you when out of the house to make storing nappies on-the-go easy.

This wet bag is 100% waterproof so keeps everything secure until you get home to pop in your machine.
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MYTH 5) "They cause nappy rash"

False! Reusable nappies use natural and breathable fabrics and are free of chemicals unlike disposable nappies.

Many HCP recommend trying reusable nappies if your baby has particularly sensitive skin or is suffering from nappy rash.
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MYTH 6) "They’re not environmentally friendly"

Reusable nappies have been proven to be up to 40% better for the environment than disposable nappies.

Even switching to ONE reusable nappy per day can prevent approximately 912 disposables going to landfill every year.

8 million disposable nappies are thrown into landfill every day in the UK and each disposable can take up to 500 years to decompose.

Reusable nappies are the perfect product alternative to single-use plastic nappies because reusables can be used again and again.

Reusable nappies can be used for multiple children or passed on for secondary use thus preventing products going to landfill.

The statistics

  • 8 million disposable nappies are thrown into landfill every day in the UK. That’s 3 billion a year!
  • 6,000 tonnes of disposable nappies are thrown away around the world every day.
  • 500 years is how long it can take for just one disposable nappy to decompose.
  • By switching to just one reusable nappy per day, you can prevent approximately 912 disposables going to landfill every year.

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Now read: 

A guide to the best reusable nappies

Nappies: everything you need to know!


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