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What You Need to Know About Cloth Diapers

What You Need to Know About Cloth Diapers

What You Need to Know About Cloth Diapers

From the minute your child is born, you’ll be faced with a number of decisions regarding his or her care. Although some choices will be more important than others, one such choice you’ll more than likely face is how to diaper your child.

 



If you thought disposable diapers were your only option, think again. Parents have an almost overwhelming selection of diaper options to choose from today, such as green disposable diapers, hybrid diapers, and cloth diapers. Despite what a friend or relative may tell you, there is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing what diaper suits your child best.



Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
If you’ve done your research, you probably know that conventional disposable diapers create a ton of waste and are the third largest single consumer item in landfills. And, if you’re tossing a conventional diaper in the trash, don’t expect it to break down until the next couple of hundred years!

With so many parents now aware of the carbon footprint they’re leaving when using a traditional disposable diaper, it’s not surprising cloth diapers have seen a resurgence in popularity. Keep in mind: until the 1940’s, cloth diapers were the ONLY diaper option. Cloth diapers have come a long way since then and come in a wide variety of designs.

Cloth Diapers Are Economical
Is the cost associated with buying cloth diapers stopping you from making the switch? Although cloth diapers will cost more initially, in the long run, they’ll save you money. From birth to 2 ½ years of age, cloth diapers cost about $700 on average (includes washing). If you choose to go with a flat cloth diaper, you may spend even less than $700. Disposable diapers on the other hand, cost about $2500 on average. If saving money is really a priority for you, cloth diapers are the clear winner.

What Cloth Diaper is Best for You?
If you’ve decided to make the switch to cloth diapers or just know you’ll be using cloth from the minute your little one arrives, use our handy guide to learn what type will work best for you. Just remember, cloth diapers may require some prepping time (depending on the type of diaper you choose) and always will require more cleaning time.

All-in-one
Designed just like a disposable diaper, all-in-one cloth diapers are the most user friendly and don’t require any prepping. Just grab a diaper and you’re good to go! They’re also probably the easiest to clean of all the cloth diapers – once it’s soiled, just throw the whole diaper in the wash.

Flat
Just as the name implies, flat diapers are a flat, square piece of cloth you fold into a diaper. There is nothing too technical about flat cloth diapers – they are probably the closest to what your grandma used back in the day. Flat diapers require a fastener and a cover if you don’t want to be cleaning up leaks on your furniture or the floor.

Hybrid
Hybrid cloth diapers are just that – a combination of a cloth and disposable diaper. Hybrid diapers consist of a waterproof, reusable outer cover that is filled with a disposable inner core. Once soiled, the inner core is thrown away. Some manufacturers do make biodegradable inserts, which can be flushed or composted.

Pocket
Once the biggest thing that happened to diapers, pocket diapers are somewhat obsolete with the invention of hybrid and all-in-one diapers. Pocket diapers have a waterproof cover that’s lined with a synthetic “pocket,” which is stuffed with a reusable insert. Like hybrid and all-in-one designs, pocket diapers come in a variety of sizes.

Use Cloth Diapers Part Time
If you’re hesitant to try cloth diapers because of time, money or convenience, don’t feel as if you have to commit to using cloth diapers all the time. Many parents use both disposable diapers and cloth diapers interchangeably to meet the needs of different situations and circumstances.

If you’re looking for a diaper that is good for the environment and safer for your baby than cloth diapers are a great choice!