Washable nappies: instructions for use

Washable diapers leaving you skeptical? Yet these reusable products represent an alternative that is both ecological and economical to disposable diapers. A short guide for those who would like to get started.


  1. What is a washable diaper?
  2. What is a washable diaper made of?
  3. What are the different models of washable diapers?
  4. The washable layer is washed how?
  5. How many washable nappies are needed?
  6. Washable nappies: is it expensive?
  7. Where to buy washable diapers?

Safety pins, folding, washing, drying … Does that remind you of the time when our grandmothers toiled above their basins? Rest assured, the washable diapers have changed. Practical, easy to maintain, hygienic and comfortable for babies, incomparably more ecological for the planet and often more economical for parents, they no longer have anything to envy disposables .

What is a washable diaper?

In fact, a single washable diaper is  made up of two or three elements  :

  • a washable diaper: this is the absorbent part of the diaper .
  • an anallergenic and biodegradable veil: placed at the bottom of the diaper to collect stool (it must be thrown in the trash).
  • protective pants: waterproof, it prevents leaks.

There are  many models of washable diapers that differ in  the quality and nature of the fabrics ,  thickness, cut, size, color, closure  system (Velcro system, snaps or snappies). It’s up to you to choose the one that suits you best.

What is a washable diaper made of?

Most often cotton (organic or not) , but depending on the model the fabric can be  polyester, bamboo fiber or hemp for the absorbent part . The  protective pants can be made of wool, treated fleece, or polyurethane coated fabric .

Manufacturers offer  pretty models with various patterns , colors and other embroidery. What brighten up baby’s underwear!

What are the different models of washable diapers?

There are currently three categories of layers  :

  • Classic: they consist of a layer and a separate protective panty .
  • All-in-one (TE1)the pants and the absorbent part are connected either as a disposable diaper (longer to dry) or thanks to a kangaroo pocket which allows to slide the absorbent part.
  • All-in-two (TE2)the pants contain press studs on the inside bottom on which a classic profiled layer is attached (fitted with suitable press studs).

The washable layer is washed how?

Simply machine at 40 ° C .

Before  using for the first time , leave the diaper to soak for about ten hours and  wash it several times , so that it reaches its maximum absorption. Do not use conventional fabric softener , the chemicals it contains cause  redness and irritation .

You can add a few drops of essential oil (lavender, orange, etc.) to the detergent so that the layers smell good.

How many washable nappies are needed?

It all depends on whether you wash a little, a lot … and above all dry. The ideal: around twenty layers .

Washable nappies: is it expensive?

Up to two and a half , a baby using between  4000 and 5000  layers . Disposable diapers thus represent an average budget of € 1,000 per child during this period.

Regarding conventional washable diapers, you need about twenty layers to be able to turn quietly and simplify inventory management. According to the Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the cost of purchasing a batch of washable diapers and its maintenance (washing, drying, etc.) is estimated at € 600 per child.

The overall cost, from the birth of the child until it is clean, therefore plays in favor of washable diapers. Not to mention that the savings add up over the births! Something to think about …


If you do not want to invest for the moment, some shops like P’tits Dessous , offer rental formulas . The newborn pack (18 classic diapers, 2 all-in-1 diapers, 3 protective pants, and 20 polar sails) is  40 euros per month .

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