Top 5 Materials for Reusable Nappies in 2013

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As parents become more and more environmentally aware and health conscious, many make the choice to purchase reusable nappies, reducing their environmental footprint and the amount of rubbish sent to landfill each year. Many studies strongly suggest that reusable nappies are better for the baby's skin than disposable models. Choosing the right material for reusable nappies is a vitally important decision for many parents, and the task can be a daunting one. However, comparing the top five materials for reusable nappies allows parents to simplify their purchase and choose a fabric that meets their budget, their needs, and their level of environmental concern.
1 Zorb

BambooZorb is a modern man-made material, comprised of microfibre and natural fibres. This natural and synthetic blend is super absorbent, efficiently absorbing an impressive ten times its own weight in under half a second, pulling moisture quickly away from baby's skin. This incredibly fast absorption rate and the sheer quantity of water absorbed helps to protect delicate skin from the hazards of a wet nappy lying against the skin. It also acts much faster than bamboo, hemp, cotton, or microfiber. Zorb lays between the top and bottom layers of a reusable nappy and is non-toxic and hypoallergenic, meaning it is safe to use even for babies with sensitive skin. It doesn't fray, split, or curl and is easy to cut, making it a long lasting, durable option for reuseable nappies. It is also easy to wash and sanitise and dries incredibly quickly, making it a great choice for busy, health-conscious mums.


2 Bamboo

Bamboo is another popular choice for reusable nappies as it is highly absorbent, an all-natural fabric, and is gentle on the skin. Because of the natural fabric, these nappies are environmentally friendly and biodegradable, making bamboo a great choice for environment-conscious parents. The fast growth cycle of bamboo makes it a sustainable resource that has a very limited impact on the environment. Grown organically, without the use of pesticides or fertilisers, bamboo is hypoallergenic and a good choice for sensitive skin. Bamboo nappies can hold three times their own weight in liquid and wick moisture away from the skin quickly, leaving baby comfortable and dry. Bamboo is also naturally antibacterial, so these nappies offer protection against potentially harmful bacteria. Bamboo also locks away odour, so soiled nappies do not smell as unpleasant.


3 Cotton

Cotton is the most commonly used fabric for reusable nappies, especially in the form of absorbent terry cloth. This traditional nappy fabric is commonly used in conjunction with bamboo or hemp, increasing the absorbency of the nappy and keeping baby drier for longer. Cotton nappies are soft, comfortable and gentle against delicate skin. They are quick drying and easy to wash and sterilise. Durable and hardwearing, parents can use and wash them safely many times. Cotton is also a breathable fabric, allowing air to freely circulate, helping to promote healthy skin, free of nappy rash and irritation. Organic cotton is a great choice for Earth-conscious and health-conscious parents as it is grown and manufactured without the use of harmful chemicals, is healthier for baby, and does not have a harsh environmental impact.


4 Microfibre

Microfibre is a quick drying synthetic fabric. The blend of polyamide and polyester, creates a soft, durable, absorbent fabric ideal for reuseable nappies. It is comparatively inexpensive and easy to wash. Despite the soft texture well suited to delicate baby skin, microfibre is tough and rugged and can withstand a lot of use. It wicks away moisture quickly and efficiently. Microfibre should only ever be placed between nappy layers like those found in pocket nappies. This is because of the absorbent properties of microfibre. When left in contact with skin for long periods, it dries out babies' skin, potentially leaving them sore, irritated, and uncomfortable.


5 Hemp

Hemp is an bountiful, sustainable material perfect for nappies, particularly when blended with organic cotton. This sustainable resource is environmentally friendly as it is easy to grow without chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, or fertilisers. It grows rapidly, leeches few nutrients from the soil, and requires little water. On its own, however, this fabric can be a little rough, so, to soften it sufficiently for use in nappies, it is frequently blended with cotton. This hemp and cotton blend is an incredible eight times more absorbent than cotton alone. It efficiently wicks away moisture from the skin to leave baby dry and comfortable. Hemp is highly durable but, because of the density and high absorbency, it does take a considerable amount of time to dry.


How to Buy Reusable Nappies on eBay

Purchase reusable nappies on eBay, from reputable eBay sellers at great prices and great quality. Search from the search bars located on every page to find absorbent pads made from a variety of fabrics, reusable nappies, or nappy wraps and keep your little one dry and healthy while reducing your environmental footprint and saving money. To maximise your savings, consider buying bundled reusable nappies. Bundles include multiple products, including nappy wraps, nappies, absorbent pads, and a variety of other items like hampers and nappy pails. Choose from the most popular materials to ensure your little one has the best possible reusable nappies to keep their skin dry and healthy.
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