Why Should I Use Cloth Diaper For My Baby?
All parents want to do what is best for their child, but many might not be aware of the short and long-term consequences of their choice.Cloth diapers are definitely more beneficial for children,when you also consider the benefits to families, community, and the world at large it’s easy to see why cloth diapers are the best and you should use them because :
You will save money: When you buy disposables you are throwing away money with each diaper change. There is no exact calculation here though because the exact amount you will save will vary depending on the brand of disposables you (don’t) purchase, the quantity of cloth diapers you purchase and how many children you will use the diapers on now or later.
Averagely, a disposable diaper costs 55 naira and assuming your baby is in diapers for 21/2 years using 4 per day, you would have spent over 80,000 naira in just one year of diapering per child.
The number of cloth diapers you will purchase will depend on how often you want to do your laundry. Cloth diapers can be used not only on your newborn but also on your toddlers and multiples (twins, triplets) during the same period and can be kept for subsequent child (ren).
However you look at it, now or later, you will save money with each diaper change when you use cloth diapers and the money saved can support other important areas of your family’s finances such as education. Even if you have one child and you used the most expensive cloth diaper option, you are still going to save money.
Cloth diapers will last for years. Not only do cloth diapers last, they get better with age because the more you wash them the more absorbent they become. You certainly can’t say that disposables last for years or get better the more they’re used.
What monetary value do we place on the peace of mind that you have when you know you can never run out of diapers because you have cloth diapers at home or the fact that your baby’s sensitive skin is not exposed to chemicals and he/she will potty train faster in a cloth diaper?
Cloth diapers are gentle on baby’s skin and also very comfortable: What kind of undies do you have on right now? Don’t tell us – we’ll bet they’re cloth, not paper and plastic. Would you like to trade what you have on for paper and plastic undies? We didn’t think so; it doesn’t sound too comfortable, does it? Thus you can imagine the discomfort babies experience when they are wrapped in plastic for the first 3 years of their life!
Cloth Diapers are made from cushy, breathable natural fabrics such as bamboo and hemp that are super soft and gentle.This allows for increased airflow inside the diaper thus keeping baby cooler.They also surround your little one with softness and are not scratchy and stiff like disposables.Many cloth diapers also have moisture-wicking inner fabrics to provide a stay-dry feeling on baby’s bottom. Cloth diapers don’t have plastic that rubs against tender skin or crunchy corners to dig into baby like many disposable diapers do. Have you noticed what disposable diaper commercials advertise? “Cloth-like” outer layers – they know that cloth is most comfortable too!
Cloth Diapers are healthier: When you consider the absorbency of cloth vs disposables, cloth will absorb less than disposables. This is a good thing! Cloth diapers generally start to feel damp after an average of 6 hours of wear while the ultra-absorbency of disposable diapers hides wetness. This means that cloth diapered children are changed more often compared to children in disposable diapers who end up sitting in their own waste longer. Yuck!
Cloth diapers are are non-toxic: There is a lot of chemical exposure for babies in disposable diapers as these diapers are in continuous contact with babies tender skin at all times during their diapering years (approximately 0-3 years), which some newborns and babies with sensitive skin or lungs might not tolerate so easily thus resulting in lots of skin irritation.
Amongst the chemicals found in disposable diapers is Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. (for the other chemicals disposable diapers contain, go to*** : http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php)
By choosing cloth diapers, you are preventing your child’s exposure to these toxic chemicals.
They are the new wave in baby diapering: These diapers come in virtually every color of the rainbow with fun prints that are so cute that you will not want to cover them with any cloth. With these colors and fun prints you can start coordinating outfits with your baby diapers. Pairing a cute t-shirt with your fun print diaper and a baby leg warmer is all you need to turn heads like a celebrity anywhere you appear.
You will never run out of diapers again! : When you buy cloth diapers, your diapers are always available. Planning for the unexpected is a responsible thing to do. It is wise to have cloth diapers on hand in case of emergency. Can you imagine running out of diapers and the grocery stores are not having any diapers on their shelves or it’s too late to go out and get one?
It’s an end to blowouts: Who wants to change baby diaper and the outfit? Thankfully, many cloth diapers are designed to prevent leaks, which cut down on outfit change. Modern cloth diapers reflect designs created primarily by parents solving problems. Thus you can be rest assured that they know and feel your pains and they put in a lot of work to make sure the diapers actually works as advertised.
Your child potty trains faster:When you consider the absorbency of cloth vs disposables, cloth will absorb less than disposables. This is a good thing! Cloth diapers generally start to feel damp after an average of 6 hours of wear while the ultra-absorbency of disposable diapers hides wetness. Cloth diapered children train on average 1 year to 10 months earlier than children in disposable diapers.
You will prevent waste and save the environment: Every baby using a disposable diaper can generate as much as one ton of landfill waste before age 2 . That’s a lot of pollution on the environment coming from just one baby!
Also, No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.*** So the very first disposable diapers are still in landfills; they haven’t been able to break down yet!!
The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.***
These human excreta entering the waste stream via disposable diapers pose potential health risks to sanitation workers and threaten to contaminate groundwater if landfills are not properly constructed.
Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.***
Remember it is this same environment our children will grow in and its wise to think of making our environment a healthier and happy place to live.
*** Excerpt from : http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php
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