A cloth nappy or a reusable nappy is simply a disposable nappy made of 100% natural fibers, man made materials, or a mixture of both. They are most often manufactured out of man-made polyester that can be bleached white or left the original color as is. Other natural fiber cloth materials include bamboo, wool, and even hemp. These types of nappies are widely used because they offer superior absorbency to conventional disposable nappies, they are also much more environmentally friendly than their traditional counterparts, and they are also available in various sizes to fit most standard diaper needs. Some cloth nappies even come with a non-disposable liner that makes them extremely convenient.
The absorbent properties of disposable diapers make them an excellent choice for a baby, but because newborn babies have such sensitive skin, only so many types of absorbent material can be used comfortably. With a natural cloth material like bamboo or wool the baby’s skin is kept dry and does not retain excess moisture, which causes it to become damp. Because these nappies do not retain excess moisture, they do not leave the baby feels hot or sticky. A good idea when looking for a good quality nappy is to try the inner liner nappies which allow the baby to stay dry and cozy all day long, without worrying about overheating or having a wet diaper. An inner liner nappy or one with the reusable nappy liner option will allow the baby to control how much moisture stays inside the nappy by pulling the inner layer tighter at night.
Using disposable nappies is perfectly acceptable as a parent, but it is equally important that we as consumers make a conscious effort to choose the healthier and safer options available today. By avoiding the harmful chemicals contained in plastic as well as the toxic synthetic materials contained in most nappies you are ensuring the long term health and comfort of your child. By using reusables and reusable cloth nappies you are doing your part to help protect our environment. You will find that the nappies that contain the smallest amount of synthetic materials tend to be the safest and most environmentally sound choice for your baby.