Reusable nappies: the times they are a-changing

Let’s take a moment to think about the environment and reusable nappies

The parenting day can be long & dirty, but also filled with fun. phil&teds is here to dish the dirt on reusable nappies, so you can make the right choice for your family.

Whether to use reusable nappies, disposables, or a combination? This is one of the many decisions you will need to make in your journey towards parenthood.

Here are some of the key considerations to think about:


There is an initial outlay for reusable nappies that pays off in the long run. Not all reusable brands fit or work as well as each other, so you might find some better than others. Before you put all your eggs in one brand’s basket, a good idea can be to buy a couple from a few brands to begin. Then you can invest in the complete set when you find a style that performs well.


Obviously reusable nappies win many times over disposables when it comes to caring for the environment. Any parent who has used disposables will tell you about the surprisingly large amount of resulting rubbish they create. For those who do prefer disposables, there are special compostable brands available. Some disposable nappy companies also have drop-off stations where they can responsibly dispose of their nappies.

However if sustainability is a thing you feel strongly about, it makes sense to go for reusable nappies. Hug your baby and the earth at the same time.


The main trade-off for the cost savings and environmental benefits of reusable nappies is the resulting laundry pile. How much of a ‘con’ this is in your everyday life will depend on your living situation, time of year and your enthusiasm to do laundry.

Newborns will go through about 12 nappies a day, so you will need to be prepared to wash and dry them frequently. If you are having a summer baby and prefer to line dry, then this will be more achievable than during winter time.

To save your reusable nappies from getting overly soiled you can buy flushable liners for them. This allows you to flush away poos and not need to soak the nappies. It pays to double check your plumbing system first, as not all septic tanks can cope with ‘flushable’ liners.

At the end of the day the choice of whether you use disposable or reusable nappies is yours. Enjoy researching your purchase and get ready to embrace the parenting day!

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