Babies typically need their nappy changing 5,000 times in roughly 2.5 years.
If you’re thinking of ditching the disposables for an option that’s kinder to your baby, your pocket and the planet then washable nappies might be a good choice. We even offer a cashback incentive to help you with the costs.
What are the benefits of washable nappies?
- They’re made from natural materials and don't use chemicals or gels.
- Nappies made from Bamboo fibre are up to 60% more absorbent than cotton.
- Babies who use washable nappies tend to become potty-trained quicker than those who use disposable ones.
- You can buy washable nappies made in adjustable sizes, so you can use the same one no matter what size your baby is.
- There is no connection between washable nappies and nappy rash.
Are washable nappies more expensive?
Although initial costs are more expensive (around £200 and up), in the long run you could save more than £1000 by using washable nappies. That includes washing costs.
If you would like to give washable nappies a go but don’t want to splash out on a full kit, contact the Derby Sling and Cloth Nappy Library. For just £5 you can rent a washable nappy kit for a week to see if you and your baby like them before buying any yourself.
Are washable nappies more hassle than disposable ones?
Many of us think of washable or 'cloth' nappies as being DIY; that you have to fold them up yourself and wrestle with a safety pin to keep them in place. Nowadays, washable nappies are much simpler than that.
The average washable nappy is fastened with poppers or velcro. When the nappy has been worn, you can store it in a secure box before washing it. Some people like to use this box to soak them in a solution of water and tea tree or lavender oil. They then go in the washing machine - alongside your other laundry.
How do I dry a washable nappy?
You can dry washed nappies on your washing line - or however you would air-dry your other laundry. Putting washable nappies in a tumble drier could reduce their absorbancy, so it is best to dry them naturally.
Washable nappies cashback scheme
All Derby residents who buy washable nappies can benefit from our cashback scheme. We offer £25 cashback when you spend over £50 on washable nappies.
To claim, you just need to download, complete and send us our Washable nappies leaflet and cashback form, along with the receipt of your purchase and a copy of your baby’s birth certificate. Full terms and conditions are available on the form.
Where can I find more information?
The Derby Sling and Cloth Nappy Library has a great blog you can read which explains all the different types of washable nappies and how they work. They also offer demonstrations to help you get the most out of your nappies.
We have also published a list of Washable nappy stockists.