In the good, old days, cloth nappies are a staple in every household with young kids. But since the inception of disposable nappies, the use of cloth nappies become unpopular.
History of Disposable Nappies
Disposable nappies have been around for quite some time. It is believed that the first disposable nappies is made in Sweden by Paulistr. The early version of disposable nappies is made of unbleached creped cellulose tissue.
Years later, in the United States, a housewife named Marion Donovan had created a prototype for the waterproof covering of cloth nappies. The first model of disposable nappy she had was a cloth nappy inserted in a shower curtain plastic. In the years that followed, the first pre fold and pinless nappy was invented by Sybil Geeslin. She sold the patent to a company that distributed the nappy nationally.
Since then, disposable nappies evolved. The materials used were changed and the nappies performance had improved greatly.
Cloth Nappies Making a Comeback
The widespread use of disposable nappies had kept cloth nappies behind the limelight. In 2008 though, it started to make a huge comeback. There are several factors that led to this:
- The Internet
The Internet is one of those things that have made it possible for cloth nappies to have a successful comeback. The Internet makes it possible for people to share, learn, buy, and even make things out of other people’s experience. This what had happened with cloth diapers.
Some mothers posted their experience of using one, shared them, and by doing so, led other people to click, read, educate, and share similar experience as well.
- Design and style
Gone are the days when cloth nappies are limited to plain, old-looking cloth secured with the use of safety pins. Like disposable nappies, cloth nappies have come a long way. They now come in different colors, design, and even style. There’s a plethora of choices for parents who wanted to go all-natural.
If you look up cloth nappies online, your choices are overwhelming. You can find fitted nappies, pocket nappies, two-piece nappies, and all-in-one nappies – each come in varying designs and colours.
- Growing environmental concern
According to statistics from Livestrong, about 20 billion disposable nappies are disposed in the landfills every year. This figure accounts for over 3 million tons of waste. It takes about 500 years for disposable nappies to decompose. Not only that, the virus from the babies’ faeces could leak into local water supplies. These are just some of the environmental concerns that prompt many moms to switch to cloth nappies.
Cloth nappies are an environment-friendly option as it can be passed down from one child to another. Since they’re washable, you don’t have to buy one constantly. This means that with cloth nappies, you can also save money.
In almost every major city, you can find a store that carries cloth nappies. Even if there are no brick-and-mortar stores around you that have them, it’s too easy these days to find an online seller who offers a variety of good quality cloth nappies.
- Health concerns
Many parents are getting wary in the use of disposable nappies due to some health concerns.
Disposable nappies are more complicated than what many of us have thought of. Many are made with scents, dyes, and other materials that can cause skin irritation and may even lead to health problems in the future. This complexity of disposable nappies is in complete contrast with cloth nappies that are simply made of cloth – no scents, no dyes, no irritating chemicals.
These are just some of the reasons why cloth nappies are making a huge and successful comeback. They have become widely available, easier to use, and helps solve some of the environmental issues that we have.