How Do Reusable Nappies Work?

How Do Reusable Nappies Work?

Have you just had a baby, or are you expecting? And have you heard about cloth nappies? Cloth nappies are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to disposable nappies. This blog post is designed to give you some information on how reusable nappies work and what the health benefits are from using them compared with disposable nappies.

The Absorbent Core

Most reusable nappies are made from a mix of natural fibres, such as cotton, bamboo and hemp, and microfiber. The main absorbent layers are usually found in the middle of the nappy. When your little one pees, the moisture is wicked away from baby's skin by the fleece lining and absorbed into the main layers inside of the nappy, keeping baby feeling dry.

The main difference is that reusable nappies contain fabric layers much like a towel instead of gel like disposables, which can cause nappy rash. It is rare to have nappy rash in a reusable nappy as the materials used are no different to baby clothes.

And although some people assume that reusable nappies don't hold as much liquid as disposables, they're actually much more absorbent than you might think. In fact, the main benefit of reusables is the ability to customise the absorbency to suit your baby's need exactly - meaning they are typically much more absorbent than disposables!

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The Water Resistant Outer

To keep the wetness contained, reusables have a thin water resistant outer layer, typically PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) or TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane), but you can also go old-fashioned with a wool wrap if you would like! PUL and TPU are both very soft, flexible materials and are either attached to the nappy as an All-In-One option, or separate and placed on top as a wrap/cover.

The outer layer has soft leg and back elastics to contain any poonami incidents perfectly, and some even have tummy elastic which are great for tummy sleepers! The elastics are so effective that you'll rarely hear of a reusable nappy parent who has experienced an up-the-back-to-the-neck style poop explosion.

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Optional Liner

Most nappies come with a built in fleece lining, as briefly mentioned above, which will help to wick moisture away and give baby a stay-dry feeling. You can opt to add an additional disposable or reusable liner for convenience when dealing with poop. Disposable liners are great for parents who want the convenience of a disposable nappy when it comes to poop disposal whilst still reducing their baby's landfill waste considerably, but won't stop baby feeling a bit wet. Reusable liners are a great extra stay-dry layer and help to protect against stains, with the benefit of easier poop disposal than no liner. Neither have any absorbent properties and are purely for catching poop/keeping baby dry.

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In Conclusion

Reusable nappies are an eco-friendly alternative to disposables, which is why they are increasing in popularity amongst parents who want to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Granted, they are not as simple as simply throwing a disposable nappy away and changing it with a new one, but they certainly do have many advantages, such as being easy to use, soft, money-saving, comfortable and much more absorbent.

I can certainly say that interest in reusable nappies is on the rise, and they are here to stay for some time now. We just need to make the cloth conversation an accessible one, and continue to dispel the myths around modern reusable nappies! If you want to learn more about reusables, then download our FREE eBook "The Ultimate Cloth Nappy Guide' for our top tips on starting reusables.

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