If you’re thinking about changing your diapering routine a bit, than may be this article will help you to make a decision.
You’ve probably heard this two word “cloth diapers”. Or some of your friends who have tried it or even using it. And you definitely have friends, who are clearly against. There are many known reasons, why not to cloth diaper your baby. And most of them are myths. Though, most of the common myths are simple lack of information, cloth diapering is absolutely unique and out of the ordinary system.
That means, it just has to suit your lifestyle. Thus, in order o help you to understand if this special system is going to fit you, we’ll bust some myths.
First of all let’s clarify types of cloth diapers.
1. Prefold cloth diapers
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Prefold cloth diapers are an old school thing. Those diapers were used by our mothers and grandmothers for years and years. They are not as convenient as some of the other choices. They require you to fold them prior to wearing, and then fasten on baby by small strings or buttons and add a cover. Cover is a simple woolen pull-on. They are bulky and need too much skills. But it’s most inexpensive cloth diapering approach.
2. Fitted diapers
Fitted diapers consist of multiple layers, are hourglass shaped with leg elastic and do not need to be pre folded. They are easy to fasten with hook and loop or snaps. Main disadvantage is – they are not waterproof.
3. Pocket diaper
Pocket diapers are made of waterproof polyester fiber cover and “stay dry” synthetic lining, which have a pocket in between, where you can insert a prefold or any other absorbent. They are easy to fasten and use. But your baby’s skin contact with polyester fiber all the time. And they are bulky.
4. All in one
All in one diapers are one piece that consists of outer waterproof cover and few absorbent layers that are sewn inside. They are usually fitted with leg elastic and easy to fasten. They are one use, one wash system. Main disadvantage is long drying time.
5. Hybrid cloth diapers
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Hybrid cloth diapers consist of outer cover into which you can insert reusable or disposable absorbent pads. They are easy to fasten. Usually they are fitted well with leg elastic, but some brands lack countered fits.
Myth #1. Too much work
If you try to compare disposables and cloth diapers, it seems like it’s too much work to do.
Every single diaper or insert (it depends on the model) has to be washed. But, thank’s to modern technologies, diapering doesn’t require hours of soaking, scrubbing and slaving. All you need is a proper washing detergent and washing machine. And plus, there are cloth diaper delivery services. Yep. You read it wright. For example Diaperkind or Nature’s Premiere or many others.
There is no need to wash cloth diapers at home anymore.
Myth # 2. Too expensive
Of course if you compare the price of 1 cloth diaper (aprox. $20) to disposable diaper ($0.17-1.75) it seems like cloth diapers cost significantly more. And they do. But, the thing is, that cloth diapering is a long term investment.
On average your baby needs 100 diapers per week. That’s 400 diapers per month or 4800 per year. A simple calculation will show, that cloth diapering will save a lot of money to your budget. Even if you’ll use cloth diaper delivery service.
Myth # 3. It’s worse for environment
You’ve probably heard that due to enormous use of washing detergents, cloth diapering is even worse for environment, than disposables. Seriously?
Most of today’s washing detergents are 100% organic. Unlike many disposables, that will fully decompose only after 500 years! And disposables are the 3rd leading waste product in landfills today.