Nappies, nappies, nappies. Disposable, washable, hybrid, eco-friendly, chemical free?

Well, Peanut is growing well. I’m over 27 weeks pregnant and time seems to be passing at an ever-increasing rate! Chris will be back in the UK with Frank in two weeks time, thank goodness, I have missed him so incredibly. Never do I want to be away from him for three months. It’s just too much, even with the blessings of video technology and good phone connections. It just doesn’t work for me on a mental or emotional level and I don’t think it’s good for a marriage, really.

Anyway, to keep myself occupied I have been researching all kinds of things. When it comes to nappies I have probably spent over 35 hours of time researching, comparing, deciding and buying! I knew that I didn’t want to use ‘regular’ disposable nappies – not only do they take years (sometimes hundreds of years) to degrade in landfill sites but they are also made using various chemicals/bleaches that I don’t want to put into the environment, let alone against Peanut’s skin.

However, relying on washable nappies wouldn’t work for our family either. I never wash at more than 15’C (washable nappies need to be washed at a minimum of 30’C and many recommend 40’C) and don’t want to be running the machine all the time, especially in the UK where we are not ‘off grid’.

nappiesSo, I started to look at eco-friendly, disposable, options. There are so many! Some of which don’t really seem to eco-friendly. In the end I settled for three options (all of which I have purchased on the Spirit Of Nature website):

Disposables – Naty by nature and Bamboo Nature. These seem to be the best options that I have come across. Up to 80% biodegradable and free from chlorine, artificial perfumes, lotions and petrochemicals.

Hybrid system – the gNappies system uses an outer nappy cover which can then be used with disposable or washable inserts. I have bought a variety of each. The disposable inserts seem fantastic as they are  advertised as being 100% biodegradable and compostable. They contain no plastics or chemicals. BUT, they are quite expensive when compared to the disposable nappy options that I have chosen. We are on a tight budget so I can’t rely on these inserts – although I think they would be my preferred option.

Until Peanut is actually here and I can test out the nappies I won’t know which performs best! However, for now I feel peaceful with the fact that I am doing my best to do my bit for this beautiful planet.

I’d love to hear from you and which nappy options you chose and worked well for you!

All the best

Ani x

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