A Comprehensive Guide to Using Reusable Nappies

Having a baby leads to a constant cycle of buying and restocking your supplies to keep up with their needs.

But what if we told you that you could save money and reduce your waste at the same time? This is where reusable nappies come in handy. They’re effective, long-lasting, and will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. 

Today, RE:GN will walk you through what reusable nappies are, their benefits, and how to use them. You'll wish you made the switch from disposable nappies sooner!

What are Reusable Nappies?

Reusable nappies are designed to be used multiple times. After every use, simply wash them and hang them to dry for a fresh appearance. 

Made from various materials, such as cotton, bamboo, or hemp, they're designed to keep your baby dry and comfortable without the need for constant changes.

The Benefits of Reusable Nappies

So many parents are now making the switch to reusable nappies. Maybe the following benefits will convince you to follow suit:

  • Cost-effective: While reusable nappies cost more up-front, you save money on replacements in the long run. Making the switch can save you an estimated £600 to £800 yearly.
  • Eco-friendly: Choosing reusable nappies reduces your carbon footprint and the amount of landfill waste. You can go from purchasing 4000 nappies to 20-30 reusable nappies up until they’re potty trained.
  • Gentle on your baby’s skin: Our reusable nappies are made from natural materials, reducing nappy rash and irritation, unlike disposable nappies, which contain dyes, perfumes, and toxic chemicals.
  • Leak-proof: Reusable nappies feature elasticated waists, adjustable snaps, and velcro closings. This ensures a snug fit alongside a waterproof outer layer and double leakage gussets. 
  • Encourages early potty training: Toddlers can feel the wetness more in cloth nappies, which can encourage them to use the potty earlier.

The Different Types of Reusable Nappies

There are various types of reusable nappies on the market, allowing you to find the perfect option for you. This includes:

  • All-in-one nappies: These offer the convenience of a disposable nappy with an absorbent inner layer and waterproof outer shell. 
  • Fitted nappies: These are made from entirely absorbent materials. They offer excellent absorbency, although you need to add a separate waterproof cover.
  • Pocket nappies: This features a waterproof outer shell with a sewn-in pocket for inserting the absorbent pad.
  • Pre-fold and flat nappies: Flat nappies are the traditional single fold-over design, whilst pre-folds are rectangular with a thicker, absorbent centre. Both require a bit of folding work and a waterproof cover.

How to Use Reusable Nappies

Making the switch to reusable nappies can be daunting, but we’re here to make the process easier. Read on to discover how to use reusable nappies.

  1. Choose the right design: Select a design that best suits your needs. Start by trying a few different designs to find the best fit. 
  2. Prep your nappy: Cotton, bamboo, and hemp nappies will need to be washed before use. This will allow them to reach their full absorbency. 
  3. Assemble the nappy: Insert any absorbent pads into the pocket or liner inside the waterproof cover. 
  4. Adjust the fit: Fasten any adjustable straps to ensure the nappy fits snugly on your baby. 
  5. Change regularly: Change your newborn's nappy around every 2 hours. Replace any absorbent pads between each use. For all-in-one nappies, change to a new nappy after each use. 

Cleaning Reusable Nappies

To efficiently clean reusable nappies whilst keeping them in good condition, follow these steps:

  1. Store the nappies: Once the nappy has been used, store it in a wet bag or nappy bucket until you wash it. 
  2. Wash the nappies: Clean the used nappies every 2-3 days to prevent odours and staining. Wash them with non-bio detergent to prevent irritation and avoid fabric softeners, as they can decrease absorbency. 
  3. Dry the nappies: Hang your reusable nappies to dry to maintain the quality of the materials.

Invest in High-Quality Reusable Nappies With Re:gn

At Re:gn, we want the best for the planet and your baby’s well-being.

That is why we sell a wide range of eco-friendly baby and child products to protect your little one from harsh chemicals and toxic products. 

When you shop with us, you’re not only investing in the health of your family but the health of our planet. 

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