Modern Cloth Diapers- Why Use Them?

Cloth diapers perfectly fit my criteria for an environmental friendly option to diaper my baby. – Nitya Thomas

When my baby was born I had a ton of ideas on how I would raise her to be an earth friendly baby, I tried to avoid unnecessary plastics and opted for more natural organic toys and food items. I insisted on clothing my baby in skin friendly cotton clothes more so as my baby’s skin was sensitive to synthetic materials, but this is what led me to explore other options to diapering my baby.

Modern cloth diapers are the environment friendly alternative to the regular diapers that are filling up our landfills and choking the earth besides other things.  A cloth diaper was the perfect solution to protect my little ones’ super sensitive skin, and was pocket friendly too for the long haul.  Some may say that they are the latest fad in diapering your baby as many celebrities are endorsing it by using it for their infants and toddlers, but for me it was a boon.

What are modern cloth diapers you may ask, well these are reusable diapers made with different varieties of absorbent cloth that come in a multitude of colors, patterns, fits, shapes and sizes.  There are various permutations and combinations in which these diapers may be used and are perfect for the delicate skin of your little baby. Cloth diapering is the most natural and organic way to cover that little tushy, and babies look adorable in those gorgeous prints.

So here are the top reasons you should consider cloth diapering your baby:

  • They are environment friendly. Every year, billions of disposable diapers are produced and used around the world. Valuable resources are consumed to produce these diapers, and they in turn create millions of tons of waste to be dumped into landfills. Cloth diapers and hybrid diaper systems help reduce this waste by providing a reusable, washable solution. When using disposable diapers a child goes through almost 7,000 diapers in 2.5 years. Each of those diapers will take up to 500 years to decompose in a landfill. 
  • Reducing baby’s exposure to chemicals. Disposables are plastic and contain chlorine, polyacrylate, and other chemicals that haven’t been proven safe for use on anyone, especially babies!
  • Cloth diapers (even the top of the line ones) save money, especially if you have more than one child. When one compares the average cost of using disposable diapers – which is close to around Rs. 1lakh to the cost of cloth diapers there is certainly a savings. A cloth system can cost anywhere from Rs. 10000- 25000, and that’s even after factoring in detergent and washing, will save money over disposables.
  • Cloth diapering is healthy for your baby. Cotton – one of the most popular fabrics for cloth diapers – is the least allergenic material, so children who face chronic rashes and have extremely sensitive skin often benefit greatly from using cotton diapers.
  • Cloth diapers come in various styles and colors and look super CUTE!
  • They actually leak much less than disposables.
  • There are a lot of brands of diapers that can fit your baby from birth to potty training, so it saves space too!
  • They are fairly easy maintenance and can be washed with the baby other clothes after an initial cold water rinse and after any solids are sprayed off.  Washing a cloth diaper is as easy as flushing the solid waste down the toilet, then rinsing, washing, and drying your diapers just like a regular load of laundry.
  • If you’re using all-in-one or pocket diapers, you only need around 40 for as long as your baby uses them. When they wear out, they can be used as burp towels, washcloths, changing pads, or whatever you need a soft cloth for.
  • In addition, cloth diapers can be re-sold when your baby grows out of them if they are still in good shape. Many parents are afraid to invest in several new brands of cloth diapers to find out what works best for their children, and buying used diapers is a low-cost option. 

If you are still not convinced to give cloth diapering a try, just try it out to give that adorable tushy a facelift from the drab plastic diapers. Trust me you will love seeing your babies strut around in those gorgeous fluffy diapers, I know I do.

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