With more parents becoming aware of the hazards caused by diapers, there is a slow but sure move towards choosing cloth diapers as an option. Whether this going to affect the industry of use and throw diapers is what time will tell, but for now an increasing number of millennial’s are choosing to reuse and recycle to be able to leave a better planet for the future generation. There are many reasons why moms are choosing cloth diapers today.
11 reasons why moms are choosing cloth diapers
If you are a millennial mum and saving the planet is on your agenda, let me share with you 13 reasons why moms are choosing cloth diapers. But you know what? I have to confess that I did not jump on to the cloth diapering bandwagon at all when I was bringing up the kids, so now I take that extra effort to let people know the benefits and reasons why moms are choosing cloth diapers today and help you make that switch to green living.
I. You can make them at home!
If you are a DIY type of a parent, you may just want to make your cloth diapers in the comfort of your home. You can use old clothes to make your own cloth diapers. Old clothes are softer to touch and will be more gentle on the tender baby skin. Softer cloths means lesser rashes! Isn’t that a boon?
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II. They are cost-saving
Using a cloth diaper is far more cost effective in comparison to a disposable diaper. They are washable and you can reuse it till it actually wears out. A parent is likely to spend at least 10 times more on disposable diapers in comparison to reusable cloth diapers. A pro tip that I read was that for a longer shelf life of the reusable cloth diaper, it is best to line dry them in sunlight to extend their life.
III. They are trending!
Heck, yes! Cloth diapers are actually trending. Have you seen those parents who actually take pains to choose cloth diapers that actually match the outfit of the baby? I really find it uber cool! This means if you are reusing old clothes for the baby, you can also make matching cloth diapers for them!
IV. No more landfills
Although disposable diapers need to be exposed to oxygen and sunlight to decompose, they do not degrade well in a landfill. What’s more, disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose. The millions of tons of untreated waste added to landfills each year through plastic diapers can contaminate ground water. (Source: https://www.livestrong.com/article/149890-environmental-impact-of-disposable-diapers/)
V. You are going chemical-free
As mentioned above, disposable diapers not only contain truckloads of chemicals, but they also contribute to the landfill. A disposable diaper will contain chemicals that helps to absorb the liquid to keep the baby skin dry. These chemicals can be hazardous to your baby’s tender skin. Not only are you exposing the baby to dangerous chemicals but also making them prone to hazardous health concerns.
VI. Early Potty Training
Disposable diapers wick away moisture easily, so there is no feeling of discomfort because the baby cannot feel the wetness as compared to a cloth diaper. Experts says that when you use cloth diapers, it could prompt the child to potty train a relatively earlier age because they don’t have that same dry feeling as they do when they use disposable diapers. Isn’t that an incentive?'Did you know that on an average a baby uses approximately 3800 diapers before it is completely potty trained?' Click To Tweet
VII. You’re saving the environment
It breaks my heart to see the increasing environmental impact that waste creates on the planet. Today, most millennial parents are aware and it is this awareness that makes them adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Switching to a cloth diaper is just one of them.
Ever seen those diapers that are discarded with human waste? Gross, ain’t it? And when a diaper reaches a landfill with that human waste, it can contaminate the environment depending where it has been disposed. Right from contaminating the ground water or worse still making its way into water bodies that people use.
A cloth diaper on the other hand allows you to flush out the solid waste which means that it will go through the sewage channel and it is less likely to spread disease.
VIII. No more rashes
Since disposable diapers are laden with chemicals, there are higher chances of the baby being prone to an infection or a rash. Disposable diapers don’t let the baby feel the discomfort and the wetness, on the contrary, even though the cloth diapers can absorb as much as the disposable diaper, the baby will still feel the wetness and this makes the parents change the diaper, thus leaving less scope for a rash or infection.
IX. Cloth diapers are breathable
Unlike a disposable diaper, cloth diapers are breathable. It is prone to less rashes making the baby more comfortable and less irritable. The reason the cloth diapers are also breathable is because they don’t cause a smell like disposable diapers.
Do you know why a scented diaper stinks? It is because all the waste is wrapped up in non-breathable plastic of the diaper.
Cloth diapers are less smelly because it is easy to wash and line dry them. However if you do not wash the cloth diaper properly, it can develop a smell over a period of time.
X. Pass them on!
You know the one good thing about a cloth diaper? You can use it for your other babies too! For this you may need to invest in a good quality cloth diaper, but yes, you are reusing it! Of course the life span of a cloth diaper does depend on many factors that include; the material its been made from, how many times it was washed and handled. A line dried cloth diaper is likely to last longer than the one dried in a dryer.
XI. You’re promoting small biz
Most sellers of cloth diapers or custom cloth diaper makers own a small business. They are not as famous as a Pampers or Huggies. You can in face even find these biz locally that ensures you are promoting local artisans. I know of small biz owners who started with making cloth diapers for their own kids and when their family and friends wanted it too, it turned into a small business from the comfort of their home.
While disposable diapers do have a strong presence in the market, a growing number of parents are opting for cloth diapering. With just a few minor adjustments one needs to make, once you make that switch, it is difficult to use a disposable diaper. Talking about millennial mamas; they are a lot more environmentally conscious today. They are looking for eco-friendly alternatives that won’t burn a hole in the pocket and yet be cost-effective. These are some of the reasons why moms are choosing cloth diapers today. Are you a mom who switched to cloth diapers too? Share your experience with us.