Updated: Sep 14
Cloth Nappies are Cotton Fabric squares, which are then folded to fit a certain size, and used as 1st underwear for new b
abies. Please check the CHHOTABACCHA cloth nappy quick fold here https://www.instagram.com/p/CdzZzyTKT2e/
In the Golden olden days, there was no concept of a disposable diaper. Nappies were made out of soaky fabric (usually, layers of cut-up sarees ) and quite a few were stacked up while awaiting the arrival of a baby. a stack of freshly washed nappies looks like https://www.instagram.com/p/CdzbVXSIVbu/.
The deal was, to change the nappy immediately once it got soiled. The soiled cloth nappies were then rinsed in antiseptic and washed once there were more than a few. The process was organic, acceptable and a done thing.
The 1990s brought about a paradigm shift in our thought process. With travel, the internet, Star TV and awareness, the idea of self-comfort became revolutionary. It was too exciting a thought for people to understand the eventual repercussions! Everything became disposable…from cutlery to diapers.
However, all disposable has to be disposed of somewhere. And we have only that much space. One of the ways we all can contribute to a healthy planet is by reusing our clothes. And Cloth nappies are an item of clothing that can make a huge difference in how we leave behind the ecosystem for our own children. We at CHHOTABACCHA use Cloth nappies while taking pictures of little babies too https://www.instagram.com/p/CiTxmeDI053/
Pros of a Fabric/ Cloth Nappy:
· Environment: The support to our environment is the most important contribution of a Cloth Nappy. One Nappy can be used for a long time and Cotton fabric eventually is bio-degradable.
· Price: A lower than the disposable.
· Comfort: Any day is more breathable and airy.
· Health: Fewer chances of a diaper rash.
· Size: One square of 40” x 40” will fit a newborn to a 15-month-old! You need to understand how to fold.
Cons of a Fabric/ Cloth Nappy:
· Convenience: A disposable Diaper is very convenient while on the go or travelling, uninterrupted sleep at night and no leakage.
· Effort: Considerable work is required to clean, wash, dry and fold these to the size required.
· Water wastage: Even though this is a major resource waste, in the larger picture it is possibly a minor one.
· A pin is used to keep it in place and new mums can be terrified of a pin.
Personally, let me tell you what I think. If you have that junoon to leave behind an ecosystem for the coming generations that you are proud of, you will end up taking some hard uncomfortable decisions. After all, you have to own the decisions you take. Don't you?