Nappy Options for your baby

Nappies are an essential requirement for babies. Getting the best nappy option for your baby can be a challenge, especially when you’re unsure of what to look out for. The good news is that there are plenty of makes and styles to choose from and we’ve compiled it all to make choosing one an easier process. Let’s take a look at some of the main types of nappies available and their specifications.

Reusable Nappies

These are nappies that you can wash and reuse. Different types of reusable nappies are in the market. The main ones include:

  • All-in-onesThey are cleaned, dried, and put in one piece. They are easy to use but take a longer time to dry.
  • Pocket nappiesThey basically have a waterproof outer and a fleece or suede cloth liner to keep your baby dry.
  • Pre-foldsThey are often available in two or more sizes. They are basically flat with 3 sections. The middle section has more cotton layers to enhance absorption.


  • They are relatively cheap to use
  •  They are less likely to leak
  • They last longer
  • They are environmental friendly 


  • They require water, energy, and detergents for continual use
  • Difficult for holiday or visits
  • They may take a long time to dry
  • They are relatively more difficult to use
  • They need proper cleaning to avoid nappy rash

Disposable Nappies

From their name, disposable nappies are made to be used and then thrown away. They generally entail: 

  • A plastic outer layer
  • A layer of super-absorbent chemicals
  • An inner liner


  • They are convenient to use.
  • They are suitable for quick changes
  • They come in various packages with a range of ages
  • They can come as hypoallergenic, which enhances your baby’s safety


  • They are more costly in the long run
  • They can cause skin rashes
  • They can make it difficult to toilet train your child
  • Their disposal adds to tonnes of landfill
  • You can learn more about how to use the different types of nappies on How to Change a Nappy

Choosing the Best Nappy for Your Baby

The type of nappy you use can be determined by your personal preferences. You may even want to use a combination of different kinds of nappies. For instance, you may wish to use reusable nappies while at home and disposable ones when you’re on a visit. Factors that may affect your preference include:

  • Price
  • Environmental factors
  • Convenience


Please note that development differs from one child to another. 

Content intended for educational purposes only, and not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

Be careful when using any products mentioned on this website. We hold no regulations for such products or their providers.

Last reviewed March 2019 

Sources: chopsybaby, funkymonkeypants, raisingchildren

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