Cloth nappies

There are two types of nappies: cloth nappies and disposable nappies. Cloth nappies have been used for many years. The first disposable nappies were first marketed around 1965.  

This means that most grandparents and many parents were in cloth nappies themselves when they were babies. The old-fashioned cotton nappy was a square cloth folded into a triangle, with the middle corner coming up between the legs to the front and the two sides pulled towards the tummy and secured with a safety pin. Such a thick wad of fabric. And although these grandparents probably won’t remember, they have all been pricked with a safety pin at some point!  

Cloth nappies

When cloth nappies are dirty, they can be washed. It is recommended to remove any poo by flushing it down the sink or putting it in the bin before putting these dirty nappies in the washing machine. It is also recommended to wash the cloth nappies on the same day, to prevent them from starting to smell even more.  

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New generation of cloth nappies

The new generation of cloth nappies is more user-friendly than back in the day. They consist of 3 parts: the nappy, the inlay, and pants. The inlay is moisture-permeable, but stools will remain in it. You can dispose of the inlay and its contents and wash the nappy and the pants. When you use an inlay, you won’t need to rinse the nappies in the sink before putting them in the washing machine. The pants are available in different sizes and an endless variety of designs that will great on your baby!  

Why are new parents choosing cloth nappies?

The reason why parents are choosing cloth nappies is mainly twofold: saving money and the environment. Research, which can be found on, shows that by using cloth nappies you can save € 450 per child in comparison with disposable nappies. That sounds like a lot but comes down to a saving € 150 per year up until your child is toilet trained. The question is whether many parents feel like putting in the effort for such a minimal saving. Especially when you take into account an initial investment of at least € 400. For the amount of this initial investment alone, you can be almost a years’ worth of the best quality disposable nappies for your baby with GhaZoo.  

The advantages of cloth nappies:

  • Reduced use of plastics;
  • Reduced CO2;
  • Reduced waste. You only dispose of the inlays;
  • Reduced chance of allergic reactions;
  • They are thought to help children get toilet trained sooner;
  • Always available.

The disadvantages of cloth nappies:

  • Less user friendly
  • Less hygienic
  • Increased use of the washing machine and dryer;
  • Less aesthetically pleasing
  • Less comfortable: a big wad of fabric around baby’s bottom;
  • Increased chance of leaking through to clothing or mattrass.


Despite cloth nappies having gained popularity, the majority of parents choose disposable nappies. The most important reason for this is the limited financial benefit, the high initial investment, and above all convenience and hygiene. Looking after a baby takes up a lot of time, and most people do not fancy rinsing dirty nappies.    

GhaZoo know from experience that when you’re knee-deep in nappies, you need time & convenience, and has a suitable solution for these parents: quality nappies for a fixed low price, automatically delivered to your door for free, without having to keep an eye on current offers.  

Those who choose cloth nappies, don’t know the advantages of GhaZoo. Those who know the advantages of GhaZoo, will not choose cloth nappies.  

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