Cloth Diapering is making a comeback after years and years of prevalent and widespread use of disposable diapers. Well up to now most families use disposable diapers on their babies, and why not — they are very convenient especially for the mother who may have to work full time, and come home to take care of multiple children and house chores.
But in the midst of it all, why is cloth making a comeback?
Well, there are many advantages of using cloth diapers. Yes they may be slightly inconvenient because of all the additional laundry, washing, dirty diaper storage, dumping of baby excretions, plus stuffing and folding but hey, Cloth Diapering has its share of benefits.
If you are considering to use cloth diapers on your soon to be born baby or you are planning to switch to cloth, you may want to read this.
Here are the benefits of using cloth diapers on your baby:
If you are concerned over chemicals leeching into your little one’s body parts you definitely do not have to worry about this if you will be using cloth diapers on your baby. Definitely there are no chemicals present in cloth nappies, and that the absorbency of the cloth diapers all depend on the type of cloth you use on your child.
Great on the skin.
Fitted cloth diapers, woolies, and hybrid fitted cloth diapers are just some of the modern cloth diaper systems that are super breathable and great for your child’s bottom. So say goodbye to rashes and skin irritation, and say yes to breathability and all-day freshness.
When you get to reuse something it becomes your most practical option. You may have to shell out an amount worth three or four months of your child’s disposable diaper supply but this amount can buy cloth diapers that you can use on your child till he or she is potty trained! You can even use it on your next child and even on your other future children.
If you are already done having kids, you also have the option of selling it in buy, sell and trade groups and depending on its condition – you can still be able to get up to half of what you spent to build your cloth diaper stash.
Now that is great savings for you and your family! Now if you do not have enough money to build a stash for brand new cloth diapers then buy pre-loved or gently-used ones from a cloth diapering mama and you will be able to build your stash in time. You can also try to make your own Do-It-Yourself Cloth Diapers using brand new or even upcycled cloth from old T-Shirts!
Great for the environment.
Imagine the bulk of trash you contribute to landfills by putting your child on disposables? And do you know that most disposable diapers are non-biodegradeable? Be kind to the environment. Reuse, reduce, and recycle. With cloth diapers, the only thing that you will dump are your baby’s excretions!
Take your baby’s cuteness up another notch by using cloth diapers that come in vibrant colors and cute prints! You will surely love how it will compliment your child’s clothes, and how it will fluff up her already adorable bottom!
Anyway, having mentioned the benefits, there are still some aspects that discourage mothers from using cloth diapers on their kids. Foremost is the additional laundry it will create, plus other misconceptions such as getting to waste a whole lot of water, and that cloth diapers require extra-special care and that it requires special detergents and laundry additives.
The answer to these hesitations are all NO. After dumping solids in the bowl, the diapers can all go to a dry pail and be washed in a machine using just plain detergent. Plain detergents, as we all know is of course the cheapest in the market as they have no optical brighteners, additives, bleach, and extra scent.
You cannot use special detergents on cloth diapers as these contain additives that can affect the absorbency and performance of the cloth nappies. Fabric conditioners are also a no-no because it will cause repelling and leaks. Bleach is discouraged unless you bought used cloth diapers and you would want to disinfect. The sun is your stain remover and disinfectant as all cloth diapers need is a good sunning and/or a hot water rinse to get rid of the germs and bacteria.
As for night time use — there are various systems that will allow you to make sure your child’s diaper won’t leak overnight. Boosters are available too. Going out using cloth is easy as well because the modern cloth nappies of today are as easy to use as disposable diapers.
So why do not give it a try?