Why Use Real Nappies?


During infancy your baby will spend approximately 25,000 hours in nappies and need about 6,000 nappy changes - so your decision to use either real nappies or disposables will have a big impact on your babies’ health and well-being, your wallet and your planet.

89 Real Nappy using mums were asked ''If you won a lifetimes supply of disposable nappies, absolutely free, would you use them instead of your real nappies?'' Every single respondent replied that no they would not, they would keep their real nappies. It just goes to show, once you try them you really will love them!

Around 8 million disposable nappies are used every day in the UK! over 92% of these are dumped in landfill sites, but these sites are filling up, once these sites are full the use of incinerators will increase and no-one wants to live near an incinerator! .

Making disposable nappies means cutting down a lot of trees. Bleaches and plastics used in making these nappies also adds quite an environmental impact. The 6,000 nappy average per baby end up in the landfill, too, which poses a problem since disposable nappies can take hundreds of years to fully break down. It's estimated that about one-third of all landfill trash is disposable nappies. Instructions say to flush solids from the nappy before tossing in the trash, but less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use nappies goes into the sewage system. This means baby poop is getting into the soil and water around landfills, and eventually, to us. Which can cause serious environmental problems since rotting waste generates methane gas plus a toxic liquid called leachate. Normally raw sewage cannot be disposed of in this way, so just think how much worse the situation is made when nappies are thrown away with household rubbish! Apart from damage to the environment, there are potential risks to your child when wearing disposable nappies from the chemicals contained in them. Untreated body excrement, which may carry over 100 intestinal diseases in brought to the landfill in huge amounts. This attracts insects which may carry and transmit diseases, and is likely to contribute to groundwater contamination.

In the UK alone we get through 500,000 tonnes of disposable nappies every year! By choosing reusable nappies instead of disposables you will halve your weekly rubbish and your carbon footprint could be up to 40% smaller

Washing nappies at home could save parents on average around £700 on the cost of keeping a baby in nappies,considerably more if you use the same nappies on subsequent children, even taking all the laundry costs of energy and detergent into account.

Ancient Canadian and Scandinavian forests are being felled, and animal species threatened, by deforestation in order to supply the UK’s paper pulp - the largest single component of the disposable nappy. It is estimated that more than 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable nappies for one baby each year.

Money to be saved..

For every £1 spent on disposable nappies, there is a cost to the taxpayer of 10p to dispose of them! This is why many local councils, such as Wigan and Lancashire CC offer incentives to encourage parents to try reusable nappies.

With the variety of nappy systems available, there is one for every budget, a complete nappy kit could save you around £700 campared to disposables, more if you use them on subsequent children!

At Birth 2 Potty we can help you find the best nappies for you and advise you on how to save £££s


Kinder for baby

By choosing real nappies, you are helping to protect your baby's very delicate skin from harsh chemicals, plastics and adhesives that form the basis of disposables. A baby's skin is 5 times thinner than that of an adult, so imagine how much gets absorbed.

With babies spending so much time in disposable nappies, how much do we know about what goes into making them so super absorbant? . The first disposable nappies hit the market in the early 60's, since then the disposable nappy has changed from a plastic nappy with a lot of paper fluff to a nappy constructed of a waterproof plastic outer layer, an absorbent pad with super absorbent chemicals, and an inner liner.

The super absorbent chemical, sodium polyacrylate, absorbs fluids and retains them in the nappy. This chemical has been linked to toxic shock syndrome, can cause allergic reactions, and is lethal to cats if inhaled. Death has occurred from ingestion of just 5 grams of this chemical. Pediatric journals contain reports of this chemical sticking to babies’ genitals. When the baby’s skin gets wet, this super absorber can pull fluids from baby’s skin. Dioxin, the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a byproduct of bleaching paper. Even in the smallest detectable quantities, dioxin has been known to cause liver disease, immune system suppression, and genetic damage in lab animals. Dyes found in some disposables are known to damage the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver. In the USA the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received reports that fragrances caused headaches, dizziness, and rashes. The Consumer Protection Agency has received reports of chemical burns, noxious chemical and insecticide odors, incidents of babies pulling disposables apart and putting pieces of plastic into their noses and mouth,babies choking on tab papers and linings, plastic melting onto the skin, and ink staining the skin. Plastic tabs can also tear skin, and disposables may contain wood splinters.

In 1987, the Sunday Democrat and Chronicle published news about the new Pampers Ultra. The new gel they used caused severe skin irritations, oozing blood from perineum and scrotal tissues, fever, vomiting, and staph infections in babies. Employees in Pampers factories suffered from tiredness, female organ problems, slow-healing wounds and weight loss. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 54% of one-month old babies using disposable nappies had rashes, 16% had severe rashes. A survey of Procter & Gamble’s own studies show that the incidence of diaper rash increases from 7.1 percent to 61 percent with the increased use of throwaway nappies, great for manufacturers of nappy rash creams! Widespread nappy rash is a fairly new phenomenon that surfaced along with disposable diapers. Reasons for more rashes include allergies to chemicals, lack of air, higher temperatures because plastic retains body heat, and babies are probably changed less often because they feel dry when wet.

In 2000, a scientific study was conducted at Kiel University in Germany which indicated that the widespread use of disposable nappies, which heat the testes above body temperature, is a significant factor in the declining fertility rates in Western European men.

Its a little known fact that cloth nappied chidren potty train sooner, and with far less effort from their parents part. This has mostly to do with the fact that when a cloth nappy is wet, they can feel the sensation. Chemical ladden disposables can feel so dry, your baby never gets the chance to understand what its body is doing.