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Reusable Nappies – What You Need To Know Before You Buy

Are washable nappies for you? We let you in on the real pros and cons

Whether you’re a mum-to-be, planning for your babies essentials, or fancy trying something different from disposable nappies, there’s a few key choices in finding the best washable, reusable nappy for you.

The Real Cost of Reusable Nappies

Washable nappies cost more initially (around £250 for a full set depending on the brand) but could save you hundreds of pounds in the long run. And, more importantly, you won’t be adding to the three million disposable nappies that head into landfill sites daily in the UK. Some local councils offer parents grants to help with the initial costs of buying washables. Visit to see if your council is included.

Are Reusable Nappies Really Eco Friendly?

While reusable nappies don’t contribute to landfill, they’re not completely green and do still take up resources with all that extra laundering. So try to avoid tumble drying and stick to eco friendly laundry liquids like Ecover. But if you don’t want to do it all yourself, many places have nappy laundering services which can be found at the Change A Nappy website.

Put Real Nappies To The Test

Many companies sell single reusable nappy trial packs, so you can check a brand works for you before committing to the 18-20 nappies you’ll need for full time use.

Remember you can easily mix and match between washables and disposables. Use them just when you’re at home, or only switch from disposables once you’ve recovered from the birth and you have time to do the extra washing.

The Perfect Fit

Decide whether you prefer one size or sized nappies. One-size nappies are adjustable and designed for use from birth to potty training. They usually work out cheaper but don’t always fit newborns and older toddlers quite as well as sized versions.

Also consider whether you prefer all in ones or two-piece nappies (with a separate cover and inner) Separates tend to dry quicker but all-in–ones can be less fiddly to use. Whichever you choose, you’ll probably want to add a washable or disposable liner to make cleaning soiled nappies easier.

Have you switched to reusables? Let us know what you like about them below.

The reusable nappies in the photo are courtesy of gNappies - find out more about gNappies here

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