They are better for parents:
You can save around £500 per child by using cloth nappies. Although the initial cost is high (£300-£400), parents will end up spending 4 times this amount over a 2 1/2 year period. Your nappies can be reused on subsequent children (so reducing cost further) or sold on in a buoyant second hand real nappy market. They come in a range of great prints to add a little fun to changing time!
They are better for your baby:
Evidence suggests that toddlers are likely to potty train up to 6 months earlier than those wearing disposables, as they are more aware of their bodily functions. Studies have shown that your baby is five times more likely to suffer from nappy rash in disposables rather than cloth nappies. This is because cloth nappies made from natural materials (cotton and bamboo) allow the babies skin to breath, whereas disposables are packed with chemicals and gels that can cause irritation to the skin if left on too long.
They are better for the environment:
In a child’s nappy wearing lifetime (approximately 2 1/2 years) you will get through 4000-6000 disposable nappies that will all end up in landfill. Disposable nappies can take up to 500 years to decompose. If you just switch to reusable by one nappy a day, you will be saving over 900 nappies ending in landfill. Disposable nappies use 3 1/2 times more energy to manufacture compared to cloth, with reusable nappies being 40% better for the environment than disposables, even when factoring in the energy used in washing.
This will depend on a few factors:
Are you intending on using cloth full time or part time? How often do you want to be washing nappies? What stage is your child at in nappy wearing?
New born babies can get through up to 10 nappies a day as they can poo very frequently! As your baby gets older, you will probably only uses 4-5 cloth nappies a day. Most parents will do a nappy wash every 2-3 days. So, if you are intending on using cloth from birth (and there is absolutely no reason not too!) then you will probably be looking at needing 20-25 nappies for full time cloth usage. If you are starting later in your child’s nappy wearing life, then 12-15 should be sufficient.
Older styles of cloth nappies were often very bulky. However, with super absorbent bamboo Tickle Tots nappies are some of the slimmest fitting nappies on the market, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding clothes to fit over your nappy.
Some reusable nappies are not particularly user-friendly, but not Tickle Tots nappies! With a stitched in absorbent layer and Velcro closing, they are no more difficult than a disposable to use. Once used store in a nappy bucket ready for washing and reuse once clean!
Before you use your new nappy it will need pre-washing at least once at 40*, preferably 2-3 times for it to reach maximum absorbency. Use a non-biological detergent without a fabric softener, as this can affect the nappies absorbency.
This is very dependent on your baby, but approximately every 2-4 hours. As with disposables, change immediately after your baby has done a number 2!
Orders will be shipped out within 48hrs of purchase not including weekends or bank holidays. We will ship your order in a eco friendly, biodegradable postage bag and receipt of purchase will be sent via email. If you would like a paper invoice please let us know and we are happy to send one with your order.
We will exchange or refund any item you are not happy with within 14 days of receipt. Please ask for proof of postage from the post office as we can not be held responsible for anything that gets lost of damaged in transit. Returned postage costs will only be refunded if the item is faulty. If an item you receive is damaged, please let us know as soon as possible and we can arrange a replacement for you. We want happy customers, so let us know if you have any problems.