Reusable Nappies vs Disposable Nappies: a complete guide

Reusable Nappies vs Disposable Nappies: a complete guide

When it comes to nappies, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether or not to go for reusable or disposable. Like with lots of other baby products on the market, there are so many different types and brands to choose from- it really can be more than a little daunting at first!

So, this week we’re hoping to settle the debate once and for all. Reusable nappies vs disposable nappies.

Which is best to use in 2022? Read on to find out what we think.


Reusable Nappies: the pros

Undeniably, reusable nappies are better for the environment, because you are washing and reusing them rather than throwing them away to be sent to landfill.

Reusable nappies can work out cheaper in the long run as you buy once and then reuse them. The average family will save £2-500 using them.

Cloth nappies are less likely to cause skin irritations such as nappy rash for your little one.

Reusable nappies are available in a range of funky designs and colours, with soft cloth inserts and easy fastenings. So cute!


Disposable nappies: the pros 

Disposable nappies are easy to use and convenient, especially when you’re out and about or away on holiday.

There are lots of different brands, styles and sizes available, to suit many budgets.

Disposable nappies are widely available in many shops around the world- so easy to get hold of if you find yourself in a pinch.

They’re easy to transport in a changing bag, so easy to use on the go.

Some consider disposable nappies to be more sanitary as they are removed and discarded after use, then replaced by a clean nappy.


Reusable nappies: the cons

Some parents are unable to make the initial upfront cost that reusable nappies require. They are considerably more expensive than disposable nappies.

Reusable nappies can be less absorbent, so may need changing more often.

Reusable nappies need to be washed! The washing and drying takes time, energy and effort. Something to plan for.

Reusable nappies are bigger and bulkier than disposables, so some baby clothes won’t fit as comfortably.

Using reusable nappies on holiday requires a bit of planning to carry out successfully.


Disposable nappies: the cons

Disposable nappies end up in landfill and the sad fact is that they do not decompose easily.

The sheer choice of disposable nappies can be overwhelming and often families will need to shop around to find a brand that suits their baby.

Some disposable nappies contain harsh chemicals and an absorbent ingredient that can cause nappy rash.

If disposable nappies aren’t emptied before discarding, the lefover poo lets off methane gas which contributes towards greenhouse gases.


So which is best?

Here at Nimble HQ we’re always striving to live as eco-consciously as possible. We want to make our carbon footprint smaller than ever in 2022, and we’d love to help more of you to do the same too. But it’s important to remember that this is your journey, and yours alone.

Reusable nappies might be the right choice for one family, but not another. If you find that disposable nappies are the best option for you, there are no doubt other changes you can make elsewhere to offset the potential environmental damage that disposable nappies can cause. There are also brands out there that are more eco-friendly than others, so its always a good idea to shop around and do your research well. Some families decide to use both, depending on the day to day situation, and that’s fine too.

Ultimately though, there’s no denying the facts. Reusable nappies are kinder to our planet, and if you can give them a go then do it! And don’t let the washing put you off… we’re here to help!


… how to wash reusable nappies?

We felt very inspired by our new generation of eco-friendly parents, and we wanted to help them by creating a product that really addresses the cloth nappy mess and stains - and we know it can get messy! Our founder Von knows all about it, as they use reusable nappies for their 9-month old twin boys at home!.

Our Nappy Lover powder detergent is formulated to be completely free from skin-irritating allergens, enzymes, optical brighteners and dyes, so is ideal for using against delicate skin of little ones. 

Here’s our top tips on how to use our Nappy Lover powder detergent


If the cost is an issue, look into whether or not your local council runs a nappy library where you can borrow a kit to try. Look into local selling sites too, as a lot of families sell their nappies on when they’re no longer needed.


Get in touch if you have any questions- we’re always happy to help!


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