In the future which nappy will your child want you to have used?

Updated: Aug 13, 2019

Choosing the right nappy can take a while, you have to figure out the best brand, size and style for your child. But you also need to consider the impact of these nappies on the environment. Everyone knows reusable nappies are better for the environment, but how much better? Is it worth all the effort, smells and time?

We will cover the benefit and disadvantages of both reusable and disposable so you can figure out what will work best for your family.

Reusable Nappies

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Cloth Nappies


  • Better for environment (can be 40% better for the environment if wash and dry thoughtfully)

  • Cheaper eventually

  • Less likely to get nappy rash

  • More fun patterns and colours

  • Easy to use

  • Can pick and choose when use them


  • Have to soak and wash nappies/nappy liners

  • Quite spacious and tricky when take out and about

  • Can be less absorbent so have to change nappies more often (can just remove inner liner and wash that)

Disposable Nappies

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Plastic Nappies


  • Easy to use

  • Less washing

  • Easy to take out and about (slim & light)

  • Easy to buy – available in all supermarkets

  • Very absorbent

  • Are less bulky for babies to wear (clothes fit easier)


  • Cost more

  • More likely to get nappy rash

  • Can be harder to potty train as they often can’t feel any wetness

  • Bad for the environment (Can take 200-500 years to decompose and a 2 year old could have used more than 5,000 nappies)

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