Mom develops alternative to disposable nappies

Posted by Alastair Otter on June 16, 2007
Posted in Lifestyle

Rene Stegmann, a Cape Town mom, has developed a 100% cotton, shaped and padded nappy, called the Stegi EcoNappy, as an alternative for moms who don’t want to use disposables. It fits into a waterproof cover – which she also designed – that fastens with Velcro, so you don’t need to used safety pins or fasteners.

The nappy covers are made from a hydrophilic polyurethane fabric that is washable and allows a free flow of air to reach your baby’s skin, according to the Stegi EcoNappy website.

In an interview with Your Family magazine (July 2007 issue), Stegmann said she developed the EcoNappy when she realised there were very little in the way of eco-friendly alternatives to disposable nappies in South Africa. Her philosophy, she said, is “to protect the environment, offer a healthy option for babies by keeping them cooler, and make nappy changing as convenient as possible”.

It’s worth bearing in mind that by the time a child reaches the age of two years, when potty training is likely to begin, he or she will probably have used more than 3,000 disposable nappies, all of which will end up in a landfill site, where they can take more than 200 years to decompose, according to some reports.

If this isn’t enough to convince parents to at least try reusable alternatives, Stegmann also points out that there are also health benefits. “A baby’s skin is approximately five times thinner than that of an adult, and considering that we absorb 60% of what is put on our skin, it makes sense to use natural and benign skin care products, nappies and clothing on babies,” he website states.

If you’re tempted to give Stegi EcoNappies a try, the company offers a convenient trial pack, which it assures will not disappoint.

For more information on Stegi EcoNappies and where to get them, go to the company’s website.

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