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20 September 2022

Written by Lorraine Lea – Simply Home

Although reusable nappies have a higher initial spend, they can save you and your family hundreds of dollars over time!

Whether you’re a parent-to-be, a parent of one, or an experienced parent with multiple children - opting for reusable nappies instead of disposable nappies is a great option for your baby’s bum, your finances and the environment!

If the change has you a little confused and wondering where to start - we’ve got you covered.

Saves you money:
Although reusable nappies have a higher initial spend, they can save you and your family hundreds of dollars over time!

In the 2-3 years your child is in nappies, disposables will cost close to $3000. The initial cost for reusable nappies and the money spent on utilities to launder them will total $1000. That’s 1/3 of the average disposables price!

How many do you need?
You’ll only need a couple of nappy covers, but in terms of liners, it will depend on how frequently you’re using them. We’ve created a rough guide below to help make the guesswork a little easier:

  • Part-time use (2 to 3 nappies per day): 8 to 12 reusable nappies
  • Full-time use day (4 to 6 nappies per day): 12 to 24 reusable nappies
  • Full-time use day and night (6 to 8 nappies per day): 24 to 30 reusable nappies

These estimates will give you enough nappies to do a load of washing every second day (with a couple of spares to ensure you never get caught out!).


Environmentally friendly:
In Australia, over 56 million disposable nappies are used every single day. A single nappy can take over 150 years to decompose, and with over 3 billion nappies being added to landfill every year, it’s taking a massive toll on our environment.

Not yet convinced? Here are some fun sustainability facts on disposable vs reusable nappies:

  • It takes as much energy to produce one disposable nappy as it does to wash a reusable nappy 200 times
  • 20 times more raw materials are needed to create a disposable nappy
  • Reusable nappy liners are made with environmentally sustainable materials with natural fibres (such as bamboo, wool and organic cotton)
  • The bamboo, wool and organic cotton used in reusable nappies don’t require chemical pesticides
  • It takes twice the amount of water to produce one disposable nappy than is used to wash one reusable nappy for a year
  • Disposable nappies use a variety of chemicals, dyes and perfumes to help them do their job

Good for baby:
One of the biggest problems people have with disposable nappies is the many chemicals used in their composition. These chemicals, dyes and perfumes added to nappies can irritate your baby’s sensitive skin leading to the nasty nappy rash that is much less common with reusables.  

Modern reusable nappies do not require soaking, bleaching, or ironing. They’re shaped like disposables and don’t require folding or pinning to keep them in place. Instead, they use interchangeable liners that sit inside a nappy cover that fastens with snap buttons!

Including changing, washing and rubbish removal, those that use reusable nappies instead of disposable ones spend just 5 minutes more on average per day “nappying”.


The new and improved version of reusable nappy comes in various colours and designs. You’ll never be embarrassed to have a baby with its nappy out on full display again. Teamed with a t-shirt, singlet or dress, the modern cloth nappies are now seen as their own fashion statement! Explore our range here.

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Lorraine Lea

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