I am a firm believer in the saying “it doesn’t have to be all or nothing” and that is simply because I truly agree with this statement.
Let’s face it whether you’re a parent or soon to be parent, we can all acknowledge parenthood comes with many surprises and pressures. It simply isn’t the case that you NEED to choose between disposable and reusable nappies, you CAN use both and make a huge impact both on the environment and financially. The arrival of a new baby can be very challenging for many reasons and we can never prepare fully for our own individual journey.
Taking this approach in my opinion takes the pressure off you and gives you options to explore. Hospital stays can mean cloth can be difficult in the early days with no washing facilities if your stay is extended. Why not try reusable nappies in the comfort of your own home. Generally, we feel more relaxed in our own space and knowing that if you get the fit wrong, or the nappy leaks you have all your home comforts around you so any issues can be easily fixed, like spare clothes, baby wipes, a change area your little one is familiar with.
So let's say you swapped out 2 disposable nappies a day for reusable nappies, that would save you 14 disposable nappies a week, and over the time (say 2.5 years the average potty training age) would subsequently save you 1820 disposable nappies.
That’s 1820 nappies you didn’t have to buy (you just needed 2 reusable nappies) and 1820 disposable nappies that aren’t sent to landfill for the next 400 years. THAT was just by using 2 nappies a day. So think of the impact you could make on your wallet and your waste by switching out more than 2 reusable nappies a day!
It definitely doesn’t have to be all or nothing, if every baby in the UK used a few reusables a week we could contribute to reducing our household waste, which would then reduce our landfill, which would reduce the single use nappies contribution to global warming through their Co2 emissions.
Together we can make a difference.
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