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Top 5 Reasons to Use Cloth Nappies

Top 5 Reasons to Use Cloth Nappies


When it comes to dressing our babies, we often think about style, comfort, and practicality. But what about their nappies? With the growing awareness around sustainability and the impact of our choices on the environment, more parents are leaning towards modern cloth nappies. And, as it turns out, this choice doesn’t just benefit the planet—it’s also great for your baby, your wallet, and your sense of style.

Why You Should Absolutely Switch to Reusable Nappies

1) Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Choice

In Australia and New Zealand alone, about 3.75 million disposable nappies are used each day. That’s a staggering number, especially when you consider that each child will use between 6,500 and 9,500 nappies before they’re toilet trained. Switching to cloth nappies, even part-time, can prevent thousands of disposables from ending up in landfills. Imagine reducing waste significantly just by choosing cloth nappies for your child—now that’s a change worth making.

2) Cost-Effective in the Long Run 

Let's talk numbers. While the average upfront cost of a cloth nappy may seem steep, remember that each one lasts for 3–4 years, and are often used for subsequent children beyond that! Babies need changing every 2–4 hours, so let's do a quick calculation. Assuming you’re changing your baby’s nappy 6 times a day, that’s 2,190 changes a year. Over three years, you’d need roughly 6,570 disposable nappies.

At $122 for a pack of 100 disposables, you’re looking at spending close to $8,000 over three years. In contrast, with a rotation of about 20–24 cloth nappies (a common number for those not washing daily), your initial investment would be much lower, even when factoring in washing costs. The savings are clear: reusable modern cloth nappies offer the best financial benefits in the long run, even more so when you buy them in bulk as nappy value packs.

3) Stylish Designs 

Gone are the days of plain, white cloth nappies. Designer Bums offers a gorgeous variety of artist-designed prints, as well as exclusive-collaboration ranges, and limited-edition products that turn nappy changing into a fashion statement. With patterns ranging from beehives and interstellar skies to Taco Tuesday, elegant flamingos, and pumpkin spice, your baby’s bum can be just as stylish as the rest of their outfit. Who said practical choices couldn’t be fashionable?

4) Gentle on Baby’s Skin 

Designer Bums newborn and OSFM cloth nappies are made with your baby's comfort and health in mind. The silky soft vegan suede cloth lining, water-resistant PUL outer lining, and natural bamboo cotton inserts ensure a snug, trim fit without compromising breathability or absorbency. Unlike disposables, which often contain super absorbent polymers (SAPs), plastic, fragrances, dyes, and dioxins, which lead to nappy rash and allergic reactions, our cloth nappies are made from organic, hypoallergenic materials, offering peace of mind to parents concerned about what's touching their baby's skin.

5) Promotes Early Toilet Training

Cloth nappies can also contribute to easier and earlier toilet training. Babies tend to feel wetness more acutely in cloth nappies, prompting more frequent changes and reducing the likelihood of them sitting in discomfort. This awareness helps them recognise the sensation of a full bladder sooner. Plus, the transition to toilet-training pants and underwear is often smoother, as cloth nappies mimic the look and feel of real underwear more closely than disposables. 


Choosing cloth nappies is a decision that benefits your baby, your budget, and the planet. With stylish designs, cost savings, and health benefits, it’s clear why more parents are making the switch. Designer Bums is proud to offer a sustainable, fashionable, and practical solution for modern families. Join us in making a difference, one nappy change at a time.

Ready to embrace the cloth nappy lifestyle with your little one? Explore our collection and discover the perfect blend of style, sustainability, and savings for your family.


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