Cloth gets a good rap

Cottontail's swim nappy line are so much fun.

By Hollie Harris

Raising a child is a big step for every person that takes the journey. It also takes a large toll on our earth, with many millions of nappies entering landfills every year.
This is where Cottontail Nappy Service in Sunshine Coast comes in, a new cloth modern nappy delivery service. We have now launched and are tailoring to help make parent’s and carer’s lives easier, while helping remove the toll on our landfills and on our earth.
Created from a Mother and daughter team, Cottontail is the first cloth nappy service on the Sunshine Coast, here to help you, our environment and our Earth.
There are so many reasons to use cloth nappies. Cloth nappies are soft against your baby’s skin. Cloth nappies are also free of the many chemicals contained in disposable diapers. Our common sense tells us that cloth nappies are the ultimate in recycling because they are used again and again, not entering a landfill until they are nothing but rags. Of course, some people want more than this common sense approach – they want facts.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics list the number of births for the Sunshine Coast last year as 3535.
With each child using an average of 6500 disposable nappies during babyhood and working on the current national average of only five per cent of those babies using cloth nappies, that means the Sunshine Coast birth rate contributes to 23,347,000 plastic disposable nappies into our eco-system.
Households with just one baby in disposable nappies, accounted for 50 per cent of the household waste and the nappies all ended up in landfill.
We all know that disposable nappies contain toxic materials, with most made from non-renewable plastics, crude oil, wood pulp and about 30 different chemicals.
To name a few along with research, one is Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by some countries as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries.
Disposable nappies also contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) – a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.
Disposable nappies also contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome by increasing absorbency and improving the environment for the growth of toxin-producing bacteria.
Our service is affordable and our luxuriously soft modern cloth nappies are gentle on your baby’s skin.
Our cloth nappies differentiate from other cloth nappies and inserts, as they are made not only from soft cotton/microfibre, but bamboo and charcoal.
This is extremely beneficial to you, as bamboo has a 40 per cent more absorbency rate than microfibre and charcoal acts as one of the worlds most natural, super liquid attracting fibres.
We offer a full service package to hire, clean and deliver all the nappies you will need each week at a low price of $35 per week. Special rates are given to multiple births and child care centres (please contact our office for further inquiries).
Cloth nappies are also cheaper to use in the bigger scheme, as they can save parents up to $3000 for each child, over a period of two years when buying disposable nappies.
They now have a gorgeous new range of swim nappies.
Cottontail Swim Nappy
– One size fits all, where there will be no need to buy new swimmers every six months as your little one grows.
– Waterproof 100 per cent Polyester PUL outer layer, designed to hold solids.
​- 100 per cent nylon mesh inner layer for easy clean ups and allowing the liquids to freely flow through, offering comfort against baby’s skin
​-Interior polyester elastic at the waist and leg openings with soft lycra bindings provide a secure stretchy fit and easy on and off.
​-Swim Nappy one size fit baby 5kg-18kg, ages 3 months to 3 years old.
Check out for all their service details and beautiful products – things just got easier for you and your baby.