Not the most exciting topic (although some mum’s do get surprising excited about them), but mum they will certainly be on your mind for at least the next two.
Your baby will get through over 1,500 nappies in the first year, so it is important you choose the right ones for you.
There are lots of different nappies out there, but the main two types are reusable and disposable. Reusable (or washable) nappies as the name suggests can be reused. Their main benefits are they are more environmentally friendly, they tend to be made of soft breathable fabric and they can help with potty training, far from your mind at the moment but it is amazing how quickly time will fly. Reusable nappies come in lots of different designs and colours which makes them well, a little addictive! Alternatively, you can use the more well-known disposable nappy, which is thrown away after each use, which can be beneficial when faced with a messy situation. However, your baby is likely to get through a scary number of nappies in their 2-3 years of wearing them, this soon adds up in both cost and landfill. Washable nappies are usually made from cotton or microfibre and do need to be changed more frequently than disposables, which can hold more liquid as they rely on chemicals to retain the moisture from baby’s skin rather than fabric.
Reusables do need to be washed after use but there are plenty of accessories that can help here.
When baby moves onto solids, you can use a nappy liner which you just flush away and the use of a nappy bin can also make it easy to store the used nappies before they are washed and lock smells away. The great thing is you don’t have to choose one type over the other, for example reusables at home and disposables when out and about and then you can enjoy the benefits of both.