Now when someone mentions the cloth diaper, invariably the one expression that everybody present in the room gives is ewwww. Why is that? Mostly owing to the fact that since they aren't disposable, they have to be reused. And in order to do that, they need to be washed. And who in their right minds would want to wash their baby's poop and pee all day long, right?
But the fact remains that a sizable number of American parents use traditional instead of cloth diapers. Why? Either they find the former more economic, or something that is even more important: they find them easier to use. And it definitely makes sense. From an ecological point of view, how many of us are even aware of the hundreds of toxins we are dumping on our planet every day just in the name of convenience?
Not only that, they are non-biodegradable and when they do go bad, they release dioxins that are known to be cancer-causing toxins. Now, imagine the type of effect these toxins would have on your child's skin.
Regardless of many the reasons (or the excuses), maybe it would be beneficial both for the parents and the baby to think outside the box and give cloth diapers a shot. For that, we will have to keep our personal biases aside, and that in itself can be a huge task. So, what if we told you that apart from saving your baby's health and the environment, cloth diapers give you the added advantage of saving a TON of money that would have otherwise been wasted on disposable diapers?
According to experts, they sure as hell have a lot of advantages. And this article aims to point out exactly those compelling reasons you should switch to cloth diapers.
With an increasing awareness regarding how the mere presence of humans is affecting our environment in a negative manner, it’s hardly surprising how that has led to a great deal of introspection as to how we can reduce our carbon footprint.
And believe it or not, it’s always the small things that make the biggest changes. Take cloth diapers, for example. What seems one of the greatest (if not exactly the greatest) benefit of using cloth diapers is that they are made of natural materials. While producing these diapers, fabrics such as cotton are commonly used. That’s why cloth diapers are also known by the term ‘cotton diapers’. And there’s no need to consult experts when it comes to natural materials. It’s been proven a dozen times how many advantages they have compared to the artificial ones. Besides, cotton diapers are often recommended in cases where babies have very sensitive skin. And let’s face it, most of the babies do have sensitive skin!
Now reading this you may think that while toxins in baby diapers from unknown brands might sound feasible, it’s impossible to claim that international brands are guilty of the same crime. But guess what? Those Pampers and Huggies on your shelf are no better. They contain a long list of toxins and harmful chemicals, including dyes, fragrances, dioxins, phthalates, and sodium polyacrylate. In fact, even those tiny decorations on those diapers are composed of dyes that can be very harmful to the sensitive skin of your child.
Not only do natural materials provide baby with comfort and decrease the possibility for them to suffer from a rash or irritation, but also unlike disposable diapers, they aren’t filled with harmful chemicals. But, for these diapers to be used efficiently, parents have to pay attention not to wash cloth diapers with laundry products that ruin the fabric and baby skin as well. Also, do not use fabric softener and never bleach cloth diapers.
Did you know that the Clean Air Council states that America witnesses 49 million diapers being thrown away per day, which accounts for 2 percent of America’s entire garbage production? Now if that number astounds you, wait until you read the next line. It’s no secret that they contain a high number of chemicals, including gelling material, perfume, and polyethylene which are non-biodegradable. As a result, they release a toxin called dioxin into our air, which harms the environment and everybody living in it, including us.
As has already been mentioned, cloth diapers are made of natural materials. And, not to forget, they are also diapers that are completely organic. The materials from which it’s made naturally decompose and they aren’t harmful to the environment in anyway. If you care about the ecology, which seems to be a must in the contemporary world, this can be a reason more for you to switch to cloth diapers.
As it was previously said, cloth diapers are made of natural materials. Thus, they can by no means be harmful to a baby's skin. It’s actually the other way round. Switching to these kinds of diapers can only be beneficial for your baby and their health. Say no to going to dermatologists and buying expensive medical supplements. Using cloth diapers, you will say goodbye to rashes and skin irritations.
If you don’t believe us then all you have to do is Google rave reviews of an increasingly high number of American mothers who’ve decided to go green. If you are the suspicious type who doesn’t believe everything she’s told, go ahead and purchase the smallest pack of Eco diapers available and make your baby wear them. You yourself will notice the difference immediately. And why not? Looking at the sheer number of chemicals babies’ bottoms are exposed to via diapers, it’s no surprise they constantly break out in rashes!
The one thing you have to keep in mind, though, is you can’t use diaper cream with cloth diapers (unless you make it yourself.)
Believe it or not, cloth (or cotton) diapers can appear as perfect space savers. Think about it. Exactly how poofy is one disposable diaper? No matter how much you try to compress it and press it down when storing it in containers or simply keeping a few spare ones in your purse, you’ll find it frustrating as to how something that small can occupy such a large space. This is why specialists in the field of taking care of babies suggest you should carry no less than four diapers in your baby bag when outside of the house.
Think about it--the best choice for you and your baby would be diapers that don’t take up too much space, especially if you don’t have a spacious bag or you’re just feeling too tired to drag around heavy diapers. So, fold a few cotton diapers and put them in your handbag. You won’t even notice they’re there!
Now this might come as a shock to a majority of you reading this, and some might even outright reject this statement, but it’s true. Suspicious parents, just like you, tried conducting experiments with a premise that cloth diapers are beneficial for home budgets. And it led them to shocking and jaw-dropping results, which you may have guessed by now.
Now look at it from this way: the same cloth diapers can be used for one child and they also fit them in different stages, from the earliest to potty-training. Thus, it turned out that, by using cloth diapers in such manner, a family spends only $100 on diapers! And that’s the amount of money that the parents who use disposables spend monthly. Unbelievable, isn’t it? Sure, it comes with the extra work of washing them, but come on. Doesn’t saving $1000 seem like a dream to most of us?
Now here’s the thing about normal diapers. They’re white (for obvious reasons) and sure babies don’t really need patterns. But as parents, don’t we time and again feel the need to break away from monotony? Even for those of you who don’t, who would want to say no to, say, diapers with cars drawn on them or cute little flowers?
This is why cloth diapers score over commercial ones. Not only are they made of natural fabric and they don’t take so much space as traditional diapers, but they can bring you a load of fun as well. They come in a range of colors, designs, patterns and many companies who produce them often accompany a pack of those diapers with a cute baby hat (or a similar baby accessory). Using such products, you won’t have to associate changing diapers with poop and pee anymore. Okay, you will but there’s the bright side of seeing cute, little patterns come out from beneath all that grime. So, hit the road (or order them online) and pick some stylish and funny cloth diapers.
Yes, this has already been stated as an advantage in this article, but it’s such a good reason to switch to cloth diapers that it deserves its own heading. And of course, there are many people who would refer to the ability to use any item again and again as an advantage. You should not be any different.
If you’re wondering about cleaning them, well, there are many ways to clean a once used cloth diaper. If you don’t have the time, all you have to do is pay a service to clean them. Now if you have the time and no money, you can wash them yourself. But if you’re balking at the thought of having to clean poop with your bare hands, think again. There are “diaper sprays” and you should thank God that someone came up with this invention. Which brings us to our next point . . .
It’s no secret that many of us have a particular prejudice against cloth diapers: if you resort to using them, you risk being caught with your hands deep in poop or pee, or something else you’re unable to identify. And as much as you love your babies, this is not one thing that you look forward to, which is why most of us just throw our hands up in the air and just buy disposable diapers. Yes, cleaning a used cloth diaper really seems like a nasty piece of work.
But, thanks to modern technology and the creativity of people out there who are much smarter than us, you can now say goodbye to sticking your hands in that gross poop. No, we aren’t talking about some magic wand that will make your problems disappear, but about a diaper sprayer. It is quite simple to use. Just hook it to a clean water supply in your toilet because it operates on the principle of a high-powered stream of water that cleans the diaper.
Shocked again? Don’t be. When it comes to cloth diapers, they are companies that have a practice of renting out the diapers babies have grown out of. For as low as $25/month, you can get a pack of 12 reusable cloth diapers to use as much as you want. Now, isn’t that better than spending $100 on disposable diapers? You can opt to pick them up from a local store, or if there isn’t any in your city, simply search for a diaper renting outlet that’ll deliver those cloth diapers right to your doorstep.
Keep in mind that although switching to cloth diapers in some cases may require investment in supplies at the start, you can choose to rent them from the companies mentioned instead of buying them. That way, you’ll save a lot of money in the long run.
In addition, they have got different types of closures: snaps or Velcro, and there are also some cloth diapers that you simply pull on and make your baby wear like shorts. If you’re a DIY mom or someone who cannot find exactly the type of diapers with adjustments that she’s looking for, you need not worry. You can easily sew your own newborn pocket diaper using adjustable elastic. It may sound daunting, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it. An added benefit of adjustable elastic is that unlike with market bought diapers, you don’t have to worry about your baby’s legs being too big, which in turn may cause leaks; or too small, which is jarring to your eyes and the baby’s comfort.
Knowing this, it’s easy to agree that cloth diapers are the most comfortable for your baby. You don’t want your baby to be all nervous because of a diaper that’s too tight, right? With cloth diapers, you will never face such a problem.
When using a cloth diaper, keep in mind they have two layers: the cloth diaper that goes underneath and the cover diaper that covers it. So, there are different ways you can fold these, too. For the cloth diaper, you can use a pre-folded diaper as well as a flat diaper you previously folded yourself. If you don’t want to bother with grabbing and folding all these parts of the fabric, you can choose a counter or a fitted diaper, as they don’t need to be folded.
All of these vary in shape: a pre-folded diaper is rectangular, whereas flat diaper is in a square shape, and contour diapers resemble the shape of an hourglass. Fitted diapers have elastic around the legs and waist, which is a huge plus for them. This information comes in handy when you want to pack diapers for an outing with your baby, or even a vacation.
A lot of parents claim that market diapers absorb liquids more efficiently than cloth diapers. But what if we told you that you were wrong? You've been force fed a myth perpetuated by corporate giants to fool us into spending our hard earned money to purchase toxic waste for our babies. Sounds like a weird conspiracy theory, but hear us out.
Cloth diapers leak less than traditional ones. So, even though traditional diapers are stuffed with a ton of chemicals, they lose the battle when it comes to keeping the liquid in without it spilling outside the edges of a diaper. But how is this then? What about so many parents ranting about cloth diapers leaking? Here’s the thing--there’s no denying that natural cloth diapers absorb less than chemical ones, which is why they have to be changed more frequently. Most parents don’t realize this and as a result, end up with “leakage” that could have simply been avoided thanks to a little knowledge about absorbency. One more point for cloth diapers!
Don’t expect a cloth diaper will look as discreet as a disposable one. They aren’t provided with chemicals and crystals, and thus the liquid stays where it’s supposed to be. Your baby may look a bit clumsy, but don’t worry--it’s not uncomfortable for them! According to some doctors, it’s actually beneficial to have the space between the baby’s legs filled, especially if the baby has so-called “out” hips from the delivery.
In fact, they're known to be good for the hip development of babies, so good that parents of babies suffering from hip dysplasia are told to switch to cloth diapers. In worse cases, the babies have a brace on their diapers in order to hold their legs out. And if you're still in doubt, think about it this way--cloth diapers were also used for a long time before disposables were invented. Look around and tell us exactly how many people suffer from hip problems (apart from old people and those with genetic disorders, of course).
There’s really zero need to get scared from all these ‘facts’ and ‘rules’ about using cloth diapers. The internet is full of conflicting information which makes it all the more difficult to make a decision. Are cloth diapers good? Bad? Easy to use? Disgusting to wash? Do they give my baby more rashes? But you must know one thing: as is with the case of almost every product out there up for sale, the majority of mistakes connected to their usage are made because people make a big fuss of it--mostly out of ignorance.
So, take it easy! All you need to do is dry the baby, wash diapers thoroughly, change them regularly, and refrain from asking people inexperienced in this field for advice. Those people always do more harm than damage.