With the arrival of a baby, you may have realized, it is much more difficult to get to the end of the month and the largest expense, especially in the first months, is represented by them, the diapers! According to data, in our country you consume almost 6 million a day, for a total of over 2 billion a year: crazy figure, which is nothing, however, if you think of the amount of diapers consumed every day throughout the rest of the world.
A cheaper solution that in recent years has become increasingly popular for its “green” aspect is represented by washable diapers that, unlike disposable ones, can be used over and over again and, usually, are made of materials completely compatible with the environment.
Let’s see together the advantages and disadvantages of using washable nappies instead of disposable ones.
Washable nappies are good for the environment
Disposable nappies, as you know, are made of materials such as plastic and cellulose pulp: their greatest advantage is that, thanks to the presence of adhesive strips, they are very practical to use and, once dirty, can be removed and thrown away without problems.
However, given the large number of disposable nappies consumed daily around the world, the damage to the environment is quite significant: not only to produce them you need to cut down many trees, but the plastic material used is not biodegradable and it takes more than 500 years to decompose.
Washable nappies are therefore a much more ecological choice because, once washed, they can also be reused for subsequent changes; moreover, the materials used for their manufacture, such as hemp, cotton and bamboo, are very often “green” so, even once they have become unusable, they can be disposed of much more quickly and in some cases are even recyclable.
…..and to the wallet
A family that consumes disposable diapers certainly spends more than one that has opted for the alternative of washable diapers.
Can you believe it? Let’s face it: a newborn baby needs more or less 40 nappies a week, corresponding to about two and a half packs, for a total cost of € 12 per week, which means that every month a family will spend almost € 60 of nappies and this if there is only one child in the house.
The prices of washable nappies are cheaper: although there are articles in this category that can cost up to € 20 / 25 each, the cheapest ones do not exceed € 10 / 12. However, considering that each diaper will be used several times and that you probably do not have to buy more for a long time, the savings are assured.
However, it must be said that to always have clean diapers available, as soon as your baby is born you will have to equip yourself with a kit of at least 15 / 20 diapers, so the initial cost may seem excessive, especially if you add the consumption of water and the appropriate detergent for washing.
Don’t forget, however, that this is still a depreciable expense in a short time as you will no longer be forced to buy diapers for a while (or at least until the child has not exceeded a certain size).
But what does a washable diaper look like? If you think they are pieces of gauze stop with the safety pin you’re light years away from reality! Even in this field, research has made great strides, especially in terms of materials, in order, first of all, to increase the degree of absorbency and comfort of washable nappies.
Let’s find out together, therefore, how a latest generation washable diaper is made.
How a washable diaper is made
The latest generation of washable nappies are all made up of two layers:
- the first, outermost, consists of a natural or synthetic fabric (usually microfiber) highly breathable;
- the second, more internal, is represented by an absorbent material.
The two layers can be joined or separated: in this second case we are talking about two piece washable diapers, whose advantage is given above all by the fact that the two parts can be washed separately ensuring faster drying. In addition, in two-piece diapers, unlike pocket diapers, if the outside is not dirty, it can also be used for multiple changes.
In addition to these two layers, there can be, in contact with the skin or always on the inside, additional absorbent layers or other types of inserts such as tissue fleece or even silk that serve to increase the absorbency of the diaper and keep the skin of the child always clean and dry.
To close the diaper and keep it close to the body, the external part is almost always equipped with elastic bands and hermetic buttons that are easy to close, so much so that they can easily be used even when the child goes to the nest.
One of the disadvantages, especially with regard to diapers with panties and detachable absorbent interior, is that, while with disposable diapers you can change brand as often as you like, once you choose the washable diaper that suits you, you will be forced to always buy the same brand to make sure that the absorbent interior is compatible with the external one that deteriorates less easily.
If you choose to adopt a disposable diaper for your baby, choose a model that is comfortable even when the baby starts to move.
The classic ciripà, simple strips of gauze closed by laces, are certainly cheaper but much less stable than fitted or shaped diapers, with elastic bands on the thigh and waist, so they are also good at night and when the child starts to crawl or walk around the house.