Disposable Nappies vs Modern Cloth

There are many advantages and disadvantages of using both of these nappying options.  You just have to find which one works for you!


You Save Money $$$

Statistics show that the cost of putting a baby in disposable nappies through to toilet training is around $3000. This includes wipes.

I worked out that if I continued using disposable nappies with my boys that in total I would’ve spent around $10K in just over 6 years!

Alternatively, modern cloth nappies can cost as little as $300 for a basic system of prefolds and covers or around $900 for a premium option. These savings increase the more kids you have as these nappies are designed to last more than one child!

Better for the environment

Did you know? 3.5 million nappies go into landfill EVERYDAY in Australia? and they take around 500 years to fully decompose? This means that EVERY disposable nappy ever made is currently sitting in landfill.

Contrary to popular opinion, modern cloth nappies DO NOT use more water compared to disposables.  In actual fact it takes 22 litres of water to PRODUCE just one disposable nappy. There is no denying this alternative is a choice for the more eco-friendly mum!

If you only used 1 cloth nappy a day for the 2.5years your baby is in nappies you would save around $300 and 310kgs of waste going into landfill

(source: ozclothnappies)

Better for baby

Disposable nappies are full of  toxic chemicals. It’s what makes them so absorbent!  Some studies have linked the use the disposables with male infertility and eczema. However, one thing is certain, plastic and chemicals so close to babies ‘bits’ is not a good thing.


Time and Effort

Let’s face it, modern cloth nappies do require more time and effort. Some take a little bit longer to put on when compared to a disposable nappy and there’s washing, drying and putting them back together again. Many mums find this no hassle at all and worth the savings but others feel they just do not have the time.


Nothing beats disposable nappies when it comes to convenience. Just pop it on and throw it in the bin when you’re done. Simple.

Both methods have their pros and cons. When time is your biggest priority disposables are the way to go. When saving money is your biggest priority and you don’t mind some extra washing than modern cloth nappies are for you.

Many mums become die-hard clothies and others choose to use them part time or just at home and use disposables when out. Others decide MCN is not for them at all.

There IS more than one nappying option available these days so make sure you make the choice that is right for you.

References: ozclothnappies and mygreennappy

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