Cloth nappies can be a little confusing in the beginning due to the wide availability of styles and brands.
The most important thing to remember if you are new, is not to buy an entire stash of one brand. You might end up with 30 nappies which you don't like. Buy a few of each brand, try them out and then build your stash once you know what works for your family. Second-hand nappies have a high resale value so you can always sell your gently-used nappies if they aren't your favourite.
Here is a quick guide to the materials most commonly found in modern cloth nappies and the different types available on the market. Consider this an overview: it is not all inclusive nor does it take into account individual preferences.
1. How it saves you money
Each child uses about 7000 nappies before they are potty trained.
At a cost of R3 per nappy, you will spend about R21 000 on disposable nappies per child. In a 2-child family, you will spend about R40 000 on disposable nappies, which will fill and contaminate our landfills.
A cloth diaper stash could cost you between R5000 - R7000 and those nappies can be used over and over again on all your children - and possibly passed onto someone else who needs them.
Take that R33 000 savings and put it towards a house, a new car or a holiday...The savings are clear!