The top 6 reasons you should choose Cushie Tushies modern cloth nappies for your baby!
Choosing the right nappies for your baby is arguably one of the most important decisions you can make for the environment and your baby, who will be in them around the clock for 2+ years. Yet when you think of cloth nappies, do your eyes glaze over with thoughts of old-fashioned terry square nappies that leak, need constant changing, require folding, plastic pilchers, soaking? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one!
Luckily times have changed… The new kind of modern cloth nappy is modern in every sense of the word. Now, high-tech nappies like Cushie Tushies, combine the ease and convenience of disposables with 6 awesome benefits of modern cloth nappies with one fabulous, easy-to-use nappy!
1. They’re cheaper
When you first look at modern cloth nappies, it may look more expensive than you expected. As with any purchase you make, you will always pay a premium for quality. When it comes to cloth nappies, the old fashioned terry squares with plastic pilchers will always be the most cost effective option. However, if the greater work-load, more frequent nappy changes and problems with leaks aren’t for you, then modern cloth nappy is the way to go.
A good quality modern cloth nappy system is an excellent investment. By paying a little extra per nappy, you’ll get products that are more effective and absorbent, and durable enough to last the distance.
So let’s have a closer look at the figures and see how they compare to disposable nappies. For the sake of this comparison, we have used a price-point of 50 cents per disposable nappy. Obviously cheaper disposable nappies are available, but generally need more frequent changing than we have estimated in our comparison.
2. They’re better for the environment
Cloth nappies need washing, so they must be worse for the environment, right? Yep we’ve heard that before, but let me tell you, this myth is busted!
As a new parent, you will change between 4,000 and 6,000 nappies per child, depending on what age your child toilet trains (between 2 and 3 years). That's around 180 kilograms worth of waste sent to landfill, per child…
Results from a recent study by the Environment Agency, UK, revealed that using modern reusable nappies can save up to 40% in carbon emissions compared to disposable ones*. Unlike old fashioned cloth nappies, modern cloth nappies like Cushie Tushies do not require soaking, bleaching (or ironing!), or any of the other outdated practices that were quoted in old studies. They can be washed in cold or warm water and in Australia we can easily harness the sun’s energy to dry them.
In Australia, we are all concerned about water usage as drought effects such a huge part of our country. But did you know that each disposable nappy takes more than double the amount of water to produce than you would use in washing a Cushie Tushie for a whole year? And did you know it takes more than three times the amount of energy to produce a single disposable nappy compared to using a Cushie Tushie for a year? ** Cushie Tushies are made from environmentally sustainable materials, like bamboo, which uses far less water and energy and does not require the pesticides to grow compared to cotton, which is a very intensive crop on the environment.
These studies don’t even go as far as to measure the effects of sending disposable nappies to landfill. Australians throw away a billion disposable nappies a year, with each taking up to 300 years to full decompose! Add to that the many people who do not dispose of fecal matter before throwing the disposable in the bin, and you get the picture of the damage to the environment these products can cause. Let’s take a moment to imagine what our descendants might find on an archeological dig, looking for lost civilisations…
Really, we wouldn’t dream of wearing disposable underwear ourselves, so why put it on our babies? Your choice of nappy really can make a difference! Even if you use just one modern cloth nappy per day for your baby's nappy-wearing life, you'll save around 900 nappies from heading to landfill.
*Australian Nappy Network, October 21 2008
** Women’s Environmental Network, 2003
3. You don’t get blow-outs in a cloth nappy!
I know this from personal experience. Ask anyone who has or still uses disposable nappies if they’ve ever experienced a poo-splosion – a blow-out up the back of the nappy, up to the armpits or worse… Gross right?
4. They're better for your baby
By using modern cloth nappies and fabric wipes, you have much more control over what chemicals come in contact with your child's sensitive skin.
Disposable nappy companies are very good at marketing the benefits of their products and minimising any negatives, but what many parents don’t realise is that disposables contain some nasty chemicals.
Most disposables are bleached with Dioxin, which, in animal studies, has been proven to cause nerve damage, birth defects, increased rates of miscarriages and changes to the immune system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified dioxins as a probable human carcinogen with no known safe levels*.
Then there are the chemicals that make disposables so absorbent. Have you ever seen a toddler wearing a nappy that’s sagging and bulging down to the knees? Just because a nappy can still absorb some more is not a good reason to leave it on your baby. Not only is it unhealthy for the baby to have a urine-soaked nappy against his/her skin for prolonged periods of time, it is also uncomfortable for them.
It’s just not necessary to have a nappy that is so absorbent it can hold 2-300x its weight in liquid. Not only that, these chemicals are now linked to an increase in childhood asthma and redness, itching and pain on the skin (ie nappy rash)! No doubt big nappy manufacturers would point out that these chemicals exist in very small doses in their nappies and so don’t pose a risk. Yes, more studies need to be done. But with a product your baby will wear, day in, day out, for 2-3 years, why take the risk?
5. Cloth nappies may help protect your baby boy’s crown jewels
A study* conducted in Germany in 2000 by Professor Sippell indicated that the use of disposable (plastic lined) nappies increases boys’ scrotal skin temperature when compared to cloth nappies, impairing and, in some cases, completely abolishing, the body’s normal scrotal cooling mechanism.
The scientists theorised that this increase in temperature may be contributing to the decline in male reproductive health (sperm count) in recent generations. More study needs to be done to confirm the theory, but again, why take the risk?
6. Cloth nappies are cuter!
There’s no argument here really – just look at all the gorgeous images! Beautiful fabrics, vibrant colours, fun patterns, there is a style to suit everyone!