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Why Switch to Reusable Nappies

If you’re considering changing from disposable nappies to reusable nappies and you’d like to know just what that entails, we hope the following information will help.

Why make the switch to reusable nappies?

  • For drier bottoms: the nappy has gussets to reduce leakage and an insert with 2 outer layers of bamboo and 2 inner layers of microfiber – they’re the most absorbent inserts available.
  • To beat nappy rash: reusable nappies are hypoallergenic, antibacterial and super soft. Minimal discomfort for even the most tender of little bottoms.
  • They get better with age: bamboo’s properties means it becomes softer and more absorbent with time, reaching full absorbency after approximately 10 washes.
  • To save a fortune: never buy a nappy again! Our washable nappies have either popper or Velcro closure making them adjustable and perfect for every size bottom.
  • To win eco Brownie points: we all know disposable nappies are a horrible burden on the environment. Do your bit for Mother Earth by switching to reusable ones.

The reason you’re hesitating about using washable nappies may be that you’re worried about ditching the convenience that comes with disposable nappies. But as parents who’ve made the leap to washable nappies, we can honestly say they’re not as much hassle as you might think – it’s just a matter of getting organised! (And their benefits far outweigh any “inconvenience” in our eyes!)

Getting organised when using disposable nappies:

  • When your baby needs changing, simply flush the biodegradable liner down the toilet
  • If only the liner is soiled, simply replace that and reuse the cloth nappy
  • If the nappy is soiled, place it in a sealed bucket with a laundry net inside. When the bucket is full, or you need to do a wash, pop the net of nappies into the washing machine
  • Either tumble dry on low or hang the nappies up to dry
  • Once dry, refill them with clean inserts (to save fumbling around when it comes to nappy change time) and put away

Other questions you may have about washable cloth nappies:

Q: Do they take up more room than disposable nappies?
A: They can do, so you’ll need to find extra drawer or shelf space for them. Having said that, you won’t need to find somewhere to store that bulky disposable nappy box!

Q: Won’t I have to carry wet nappies around if I need to change my child when we’re out?
A: Yes, you’ll need to plan for this as you won’t want to dispose of them! However you won’t need anything more elaborate than a small waterproof bag to keep them in while they’re under the pushchair or in your nappy bag

Q: I’m worried cloth nappies will increase the size of my laundry...
A: It’s true, you will create more washing but we personally haven’t found it to be any real extra hassle and it’s fine once you get into a routine

Q: Can I use them while we’re travelling?
A: To be honest, you might want to temporarily switch back to disposable nappies if you’re on holiday – unless you’re self catering and have access to a washing machine and are already planning on doing laundry

How do I size disposable nappies?

  • That’s easy, our washable nappies are one size fits all: perfect for newborns and toddlers from 8lb to 35lb or 3.5 to 13Kg
  • They are also adjustable so you won’t need to buy more nappies as your little one grows

How many cloth nappies and disposable inserts do I need?

Newborn to 4 months 20 - 24 inserts 
Infant (4 to 10 months) 16 - 20 inserts 
Toddler (10 months to potty training) 12 - 16 inserts

Are there different types of disposable nappies?

Yes, at Juicy Bumbles we sell two different types of cloth nappy. The difference is in the closure – one version has Velcro closure, and the other has poppers.

The nappies are basically the same, the only difference being that Velcro closure nappies are easier to fasten if your child is a little older and at that stage where they try to make a bid for freedeom when you’re changing their nappy!