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Why should I buy modern cloth nappies?
2 important reasons why …
1. $$$ SAVINGS
Let’s keep it simple and assume you change your baby at the average rate.
Disposables (approximately $0.30 each)
12 nappies per day for the first 2 months = 672 nappies
8 nappies per day for the next 10 months = 2,464 nappies
Total disposable nappies for 12 months = 3,136 nappies @ $0.30each
Total Cost Per Year = $940.80
18 Multi Fit nappies @ $34 = $ 543
That is an Extra $397.80 you will SAVE with BellaBott in year one
Long Term Outcome
Disposables for 12 months costs $ 940
Year 2 costs $ 890
Total for 2 years $ 1,830
18 BellaBott Multi Fit Nappies for 12 months costs $ 543
Year 2 costs $ 0.00
Total for 2 years $ 543.00
This is an Extra $1,287 you will SAVE with BellaBott over 2 years
The choice is Yours … and it is a great one with BellaBott Nappies
NB: No extra washing costs, just wash your nappies with your everyday baby clothes
2. YOUR ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT
It takes one disposable nappy up to 500 years to decompose.
Australians contribute approximately 2 billion used disposables nappies in landfill each year.
Also, the manufacturing of disposable nappies use:
- far more energy
- more raw materials and water than any reusable alternative.
Experts are unsure about the disposable nappy contamination issues…faeces in nappies are not treated in sewage systems therefore bacteria and viruses seep into our groundwater.
Not a pleasant thought!
Taking into account washing and drying of cloth nappies, you can reduce your environmental impact by up to 40% by not using disposables.
When should I start using cloth nappies?
Start using cloth nappies as early or late as you want.
How many nappies do I really need?
Do what is best for you and your sanity.
Statistically, a newborn needs 8 -12 nappy changes per day and therefore using at least 672 disposables nappies (approx. $201.60) in the first 2 months.
So deciding to use cloth from the start, whether part time or full time, makes great economical sense considering you would have paid off up to 8 cloth nappies in this time frame.
Buying Multi Fit nappies eases the pressure on your bank account in the long term, but you may find that you are waiting weeks or even months for a snug fit on your newborn. Consider purchasing some Newborn sized nappies along with Multi Fits so that you can better manage this issue.
1. Use cloth full-time, wash every day and dry on the line
- Minimum 12 nappies and hope that your child isn’t an excessive toilet user – it can be done, but you may need an alternative back-up if your washing day doesn’t go to plan or at least be open minded to giving your baby some nappy-free time.
- 16-18 nappies would most definitely be sufficient and allow you peace of mind that you won’t run out, especially if you are a little late getting to the washing machine.
2. Use cloth full-time, wash every 2nd day and dry on the line
- 24 – 30 nappies. On average a baby needs 8-12 nappy changes in a day but realistically from experience, I can change up to 16 nappies a day for a newborn.
- As your child gets older, statistically speaking they tend to have more habitual toilet experiences and so less nappies will be required, 16 – 20 nappies.
- If part time means using cloth nappies for half the time then you may need anything from 6 – 16 nappies.
How long will my cloth nappies last?
There is no definitive answer as to how long your cloth nappies will last. It really depends on how quickly your child grows and how many times you wash and wear your nappies over a set period of time.
From my personal experience, BellaBott fitted nappies last longer in terms of fit in comparison to disposables whilst still ensuring a snug fit for the smaller child.
For example, my daughter at 16 months and 9kg needed a crawler sized disposable but could still fit in a BellaBott Infant nappy. For the first 5 months she used BellaBott Newborn nappies and then was in the BellaBott infant nappy until 18 months.
BellaBott Multi Fit nappies have been designed to fit from 4kg. Your newborn may fall within the weight range but you may find that it is a little bulky on your baby until 6-8 weeks of age when they start to fill out. Until this time, the nappy will not be a snug fit particularly around the legs so I do recommend teaming our Multi Fits with Newborn nappies.
BellaBott nappies are made from exceptional materials so you can be assured that you will get a great return on investment.
From my personal experience, I am still using my original BellaBott nappies after 3 years and 2 children, they are still working very well.
Sometimes they're just inevitable. Regularly changing your child's nappy is always good practice to reduce irritation. Try find a good organic nappy rash cream, and apply to your baby's bottom at every nappy change.
If putting synthetic fibres against your baby’s skin is not an option and using cloth nappies are not your thing, try inserting a bamboo absorbency booster inside a disposable nappy.
Why is my cloth nappy leaking?
Leaks are unfortunately something that everyone has to deal with now and again.
However, if you are finding that it is happening more often than not, you need to consider the following:
- Is the nappy the right size for your child?
A poor fit around the legs and waist is generally the cause to most leakage problems. There should be no big gaps and no inserts peeping out of the nappy. See ‘How To Use‘ instructions.
- Are you putting the nappy on high enough in the front?
BellaBott nappies naturally sit low on the waist, so ensure that you are putting it on with no gape in the front. Practice makes perfect!
- Ensure you have washed your BellaBott nappies up to 6 times prior to use.
Bamboo needs many washes to activate its superior absorbency quality.
BellaBott has made every effort to design its nappies so that the bamboo doesn’t roll out at the legs holes and at the back.
Check this isn’t the case when putting on the nappy. Before too long the nappy will do this automatically.
- Ensure there is no clothing caught inside any part of the nappy.
- If you have a boy, ensure that his penis faces downwards so that he pees directly into the absorbency insert.
- Do you have enough absorbency layers?
Adding or manoeuvring absorbency inserts or boosters may be your answer.
- Ensure you don’t use any fabric softeners or excessive amounts of detergent as this can reduce your nappies’ absorbency level otherwise you will need to strip wash your nappies to remove excess oil and detergent build up. See 'Washing Instructions'.
HELP! I have leakages at the top of the cloth nappy!
Purchase a large absorbency booster, fold in half and place at the front of you cloth nappy.
Move your absorbency booster around your cloth nappy to ensure that you are placing it in your baby’s ‘wet zone’.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO CHANGE REUSABLE BREAST PADS?
Breast pads should be changed every feed time especially if the breast pad is wet.
Leaving a wet breast pad inserted could allow bacteria to grow which may lead to infections or create sensitive nipples.
BellaBott recommends you need at least 8 pairs of reusable breast pads to get you through frequently breastfeeding a newborn.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT ABSORBENCY LAYERS I NEED?
You can either choose an Insert (which is needed for every nappy), with the option to add a Booster (for heavy wetters, and extra overnight protection. Read more here on our Absorbency Layers.