Can you use reusable nappies from birth?
Monday, 4 April 2022 | Laura @ TKC
Reusable cloth nappies are becoming increasingly popular among parents with newborns, and we can see why! They are a great option to use on your baby from birth, and they can also help parents save money and protect the environment.
Made up of washable cloth material on the outside and soft microfleece on the inside, reusable nappies are incredibly gentle on a newborn’s skin compared to disposable nappies, which have been known to give babies nappy rash. With this in mind, reusable nappies are perfect for all babies - even newborns!
If parents decide to use reusable nappies from birth, they could be spending less than £300 on these products throughout their child's infancy. In contrast, a disposable nappy user is likely to spend £900 during the same period. Meaning parents willing to switch to reusables could save up to £600 per child!
So, if you’re keen to begin your reusable nappy journey right from birth, here are some top tips to help you on your eco-journey from our team of experts:
Inform your midwife/birth team
Firstly, it’s important to Inform your midwife/birth team that you will be using reusables so they can give you as much support and guidance as possible.
Generally, hospitals are supportive of newborn reusable nappies and encourage the use of them. If you’re thinking of using reusables, your birth team would be happy to provide lots of advice on changing your child, washing reusable cloth nappies and anything else you feel you’d need guidance on.
Be prepared for meconium!
The first few times a baby goes to the toilet, it can be particularly ‘messy’. However, this does come straight out in the wash, so it’s important to be clearly informed on how to wash reusable nappies properly. You may want to rinse the cloth nappy separately before putting it into the washing machine for a gentle wash, as this would maintain the quality of the fabric whilst cleaning all mess.
Stock up on reusable wipes
Newborns go to the toilet all the time, and you will need quite a few reusable wipes to ensure you're cleaning the baby properly. However, the number of washable wipes you need is still nowhere near as many as you would need if you used disposable ones.
Try different types of newborn reusables
Every baby is different, and each baby will need nappies that fit differently and have different absorbency. Our wide range of newborn reusable nappies supports the adjustments each baby may need for maximum comfort and absorbency.
Our newborn starter packs could be a great option if you’re unsure of what else to buy alongside your nappies. The new to cloth starter packs include other items such as washable wipes, disposable liners, nappy cleanser and a new to cloth nappy guide, ensuring you’re fully prepared to start your reusable nappy journey.
Keep reusable essentials to hand
Throughout your child's infancy, ensure that in the main rooms you expect to use the most in the house, have a basket prepared with reusable nappy essentials. This could include cloth nappies and reusable wipes. This tip is particularly helpful right at the beginning when babies need attention quickly, and it will also make it easier on the parent.
Take it easy!
It’s normal for newborns to be ‘messy’ initially, so take it easy on yourself! If the pressure of being a parent to a newborn is starting to take its toll, and reusables are adding to this, it might be helpful to reach out for support.
For guidance on using reusable nappies, you can look to our Nappy Guru® network for support, or why not reach out to your local mum community to share tips and advice among each other?
Whether you’re using reusables from birth or you plan to use them when your baby is a bit older, creating a network of support is essential.
If you’re interested in switching from disposable nappies to reusables, it might be helpful to take our ‘Reusable Nappy Quiz’ to help you find the best reusables for your baby.