Today we have a great guest post from the lovely Lucy Hunn on cloth nappies. I'll let Lucy introduce herself properly: "I'm Lucy Hunn, mum of 2 daughters aged 3 and 1, pharmacist, Nutritional Therapist, breast feeding peer supporter and owner of www.hunnybums.com. I am an independent reusable nappy advisor and try to give people really clear, honest information before they delve into the world of cloth nappies - it can be a little confusing so we have video guides, pdf guides, a personal shopper option as well as lots of lovely nappies to choose from. I feel passionate about convincing people that real nappies aren't hard work but are in fact a great way to save money and save waste, as well as looking pretty damn fabulous!
So, me in a nutshell - I love nappies, nosh and wine, not especially in that order, and am enjoying the adventure that is parenthood (most of the time anyway....hence the love of wine....)"
I love cloth nappies. There, I've said it. I'm a fluff addict and I'm proud! When I was expecting my first baby, I decided to start researching reusable nappies and what I found out persuaded us to give it a go. Has it been hard work? Not really. Have we saved money? Yes, lots. Do we still use the occasional disposable? Of course - I am certainly no hessian wearing, eco-warrior, earth mother! Am I now totally addicted to cloth nappies? Yes, so much so that I set up hunnybums.com offering impartial advice & selling them. So why do I love them so much?
Here are my top 10 reasons why cloth is cool and why, in our house, disposables are known as despicables:
1. Stating the obvious, the WASTE! Eight million disposables a day go to landfill in the UK alone - unsustainable, unhygienic and downright unpleasant.
2. ENERGY - Studies have shown that even when you factor in manufacture and washing, reusables save energy overall (especially washing at 30 degrees with sanitised). Up to 3.5 times less energy than
3. WATER - Even factoring in the washing, reusables create 2.3 times less waste water than disposables.
4. CHEMICALS - the 'stay-dry' gel in the core of disposables often leaves a residue on your baby's skin in the form of weird crystals - what is that all about? I don't know about you, but I'd rather not have that against my baby's gorgeous, delicate skin.
5. The PLASTIC - regular disposables are made from over 95% extruded plastic, keeping your baby's bottom very warm. This is not great for boy babies and there is some suggestion it may lead to fertility problems in later life.
6. STROKE-ABILITY - reusables are just so much cuter! You can't beat that fluffy bum look and with so many colours and patterns to choose from, you'll have the best dressed bum in town.
7. Control what FABRIC goes against baby's skin - organic cotton and bamboo are fantastic fabrics both for the environment and for delicate skin - very few chemicals and pesticides are used during their cultivation.
8. Reusables can be REUSED over and over again - even on 2nd, 3rd & 4th children. Ok, by child 4 they are getting tatty - the nappies not the child - but they still work and continue to save you a small fortune.
9. Value for MONEY. With so many things to buy for a new baby, reusables are a great way to save money - you can save up to £1000. Even more if you use for more than one child - that's a lot of cute baby clothes!
10. And finally, one of the best reasons of all. They just work BETTER! Especially when dealing with new-baby-poo. None of the up-the-back explosions that occur with disposables. What a relief!
So that's it in a nutshell. It really doesn't add much more work to your day - you'll be doing so much more washing with a new baby anyway. And you'll get a feel good glow every time you change your baby's nappy along with the envious glances!