World Earth Day is approaching, which means that now is a great time to look into what items you can swap for more sustainable alternatives. With benefits for both the environment and your bank balance, it's little surprise that reusable nappies are seeing a surge in popularity. Celebrity parents including Joe Wicks have bought them for their own children, while Emma Bunton's baby brand Kit & Kin has recently launched its own range of reusable cloth nappies alongside its original line of sustainable nappies and baby wipes.
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According to the Money Advice Service, the average baby will need about 4,000 nappy changes before they are potty trained, setting parents back around £1,875 if they buy own-brand disposable nappies. So not only could swapping to reusable nappies save you more than £1,000 over two-and-a-half years, but also save thousands of disposable nappies from going to landfill, where they would take hundreds of years to decompose.
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If the term 'reusable nappy' conjures up imagery of the old towel nappies which were fastened with safety pins, you may be surprised to learn that the new cloth nappies are not only as easy to put on as a disposable nappy, but they're also easy to keep clean and many feature cute and colourful designs.
But where to start? We've rounded up some of the best reusable nappies that have been tried and tested by parents…
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Baba + Boo reusable nappies
Joe Wicks has used Baba + Boo's cloth nappies for both of his children, Indie and Marley, and explained: "They're really good for the environment. You put the liners in, they do their business, you take them out, stick it in the washing machine and repeat." Keen to follow suit? You can buy a trial reusable nappy for just £16.50, or if you're ready to commit you can buy a bundle of three one-size cloth nappies for £47.
Bundle of 3 cloth nappies, £47, Baba + Boo
Bambino Mio reusable nappies
Bambino Mio Miosolo reusable nappy, £6.91, Amazon
These reusable nappies have won awards for their innovative designs, and are available in one size that will fit your child as they grow, with adjustable poppers and hook and loop fastenings to suit your baby.
An absorbent core and stay-dry inner layer should prevent any accidents, while the designs – including this ladybird motif – are adorable!
Kit & Kin reusable cloth nappies
Kit & Kin reusable cloth nappy, £19.99, Boots
Made from sustainable materials, including a regenerated nylon made from recovered fishing nets, you can be confident that these Kit & Kin cloth nappies are just as good for the environment as they are for your bank balance.
The inner layer of these cute nappies is made entirely with soft plant-based fabrics including Tencel and hemp, which are up to 50 percent more absorbent than cotton and kind to your baby's skin
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TotsBots reusable nappy
TotsBots reusable cloth nappy, £17.99, Amazon
TotsBots reusable nappies are designed to fit babies from birth until they are potty trained, and have won awards for their clever design, which fits like a disposable with a stretchy leak-proof waistband and super-absorbent core, while being much better for the environment.
Better still, they are Oekotex certified which means your baby won't be exposed to any harmful chemicals.
Bumgenius Elemental All-in-One nappy
Bumgenius Elemental nappy, £19.99, The Nappy Lady
Made from organic materials and featuring a slim, super-absorbent design, the Bumgenius Elemental is one of the top-selling all-in-one nappies on The Nappy Lady, and is suitable for babies from seven to 35lbs.
LittleLamb bamboo nappy
LittleLamb bamboo nappy, £10.50, LittleLamb nappies
Parents say this bamboo nappy is a great choice for night-time as it is so absorbent. It comes with a washable fleecy liner, and when you add a LittleLamb bombproof wrap it should prevent accidents overnight.
Littles & Bloomz reusable cloth pocket nappies
Littles & Bloomz reusable cloth pocket nappies, £9.99, Amazon
They may be among the cheapest reusable cloth nappies we've seen, but these Littles & Bloomz nappies are highly-rated on Amazon.
Featuring popper fastenings, a waterproof shell and a specially designed pocket opening for easy stuffing and removal, they're well worth a try at £9.99 for a pack of three.
The essentials you need with your reusable nappies
Jumpy Moos biodegradable nappy liners, £15.85 for a pack of 4, Amazon
Designed to contain solids and make nappy changing quicker and easier, you simply need to replace the liner with every nappy change and dispose of it in a bin. Jumpy Moo's nappy liners are biodegradable.
16L nappy bucket, £12.99, Totsbots
Remove your nappy liner and place your soiled nappies directly into this specially-designed bin, which features four locks to keep it secure and keep odours in, and can be lined with a mesh bag for easy transfer to your washing machine.
Plant-based laundry bundle, £18, Nimble
When it comes to washing your reusable nappies, choose something plant-based and gentle - Nimble uses ingredients derived from coconut and sugarcane to target the stains.
It's allergen-free with a gorgeous baby fresh scent, too!
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