Let’s face it moms, we all have wondered about using cloth diapers at least once. What’s the big deal? Will they leak? Are they hard to take care of? Let’s see if we can answer some of your questions.
Cloth diapers are no longer a thing of the past. The stigma of cloth diapers is that they are hard work. You will constantly have a mess on your hands, and stains that just can’t be removed. This cannot be farther from the truth. They have been revolutionized into fashionable, non-leaking, and money saving little works of art.
According to research, diapering a child from newborn to potty training can cost in the upwards of $2000 with regular disposables. This also leaves you sending hundreds of thousands of dirty diapers to the landfill. Cloth offers a much cheaper, eco friendly option. You can buy a full set of cloth diapers for anywhere from $100-$500 depending on the type of fabric, and whether you go with pre-fold, or all in one. These little gems also hold their value. If you take care of them well enough, they can be resold to recoup most of your investment.
With the new designs of using snaps, or Velcro attachments at the waist, they have eliminated the use for those age-old pins. No more fumbling around with your cotton cloth, trying to wrap your infants’ behind like a mummy. These cloth diapers are not only just a piece of cotton either. There are different layers to them. These include the outer waterproof layer, the inner absorbency layer, and if wanted, a stay dry layer. These all aid in keeping your baby’s bum fresh and dry.
Another concern is how to keep them clean. When it’s time for a change, and a little surprise has been left behind, just a quick wipe into the toilet, and toss them into the wash. There are also water sprayers that can be hooked up to your clean water supply on your toilet. These provide a strong stream of water to rinse most of the residue off before washing. This can be a helpful tool to keep your hands mess free.
Children who have grown up wearing cloth diapers tend to be potty trained earlier as well. This is quite a bonus! Due to being more aware of the wetness, children seem to connect the dots a lot faster. Moms of the world are much more enthusiastic about potty training, because let’s face it, we don’t want to do anymore extra wash.
Now think about your disposable diapers. How do they absorb so well? With disposable diapers, they are chock full of chemicals, and dyes that touch your baby’s little tushy. This has attributed to diaper rashes, and allergic reactions for many children. Cloth is chemical free, so your chances of diaper rash, and allergic reactions are greatly reduced. Chemical exposure in any form is not healthy, especially for an infant.
So in a little recap, cloth diapers offer many benefits. They are chemical free, eco friendly, aid in potty training, and save money! What more could you want from a diaper? There are so many resources, and forums available for any mom looking into the cloth diaper world. Don’t be scared off by your preconceived notions, you will not regret it.