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Frequently asked questions

Won’t I constantly be washing and drying?

How often you wash depends on how many nappies you have and which types. Most parents using cloth only wash them every other day or even every 3 days! They can be tumble dried on a low heat setting or hung outside on the line or indoors on an airer.

For most parents their wash loads increase anyway when a baby comes along, plus cloth nappies contain poop explosions far more effectively, which saves some of the clothes washing!

The initial outlay seems expensive, what makes cloth the cheaper option?

Real nappies save you money. You can save up to £500 for your first baby if you home launder washable nappies from birth to potty training. Reuse your cloth nappies for a second baby and save even more money!

What am I supposed to do with all that poo?

Many people aren’t aware of this but babies and small children excrete many viruses in their faeces including hepatitis A, rotavirus, shigella, salmonellosis, amebiasis, live polio virus (from vaccines), and typhoid among others. In order to keep these viruses from contaminating underground water supplies, the waste in disposables would ideally not be thrown out with your usual household rubbish - so should really be disposed of in the toilet anyway.

How do I make sense of all the different types and jargon?

All the names and types can be off putting, but the Bedfordshire Real Nappy Library can give you information on what’s available and what types are best for you depending on your lifestyle.

There are online communities and forums where you can get even more advice, as well as details of local ‘Nappuccinos’ or demos on their Facebook page. Home visits are available where you can have a look at lots of nappies, or receive support and advice even if you’re already using cloth.

Won't my baby be wet or uncomfortable?

All modern cloth nappies have either a built in stay-dry layer or the option to add a fleece (or other material) liner to keep babies' bottoms nice and dry. You can buy these or even make your own!


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