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7 Reasons to Consider Cloth Diapering
Cloth diapering is seeing a pickup in popularity in recent years. It used to be that nearly every baby was cloth diapered but there was a huge drop in this practice when disposable diapers come about as they were sold for convenience and less “mess”. It is not surprising that they took off, but the impact of them on the environment as well as our pocketbooks has been huge! If you are not sure what route you want to go and are still deciding, here are some reasons you should take cloth diapering into serious consideration.
It is better for the environment. There is some debate as to whether it is better because of the increase use of water resources due to all the washing, but in the end, any parent that cloth diapers is saving thousands of pounds of waste that ends up in landfills and will that centuries to start to break down. Plus, many cloth diapers are made with renewable resources such as hemp, cotton and even bamboo.
It is better on your budget. While the initial investment to cloth diaper can be a bit more than disposable diapering, that initial investment is usually all that is required other than a few extra liners and covers you may buy along the way. Plus, if you have more children, they can be used on them as well saving you even more money.
Cloth diapers are gentler on baby’s skin. Many babies have reactions to the chemicals found in disposable diapers and cloth diapers are good for just about any babies’ skin. They won’t cause as many flare-ups and rashes and depending on the type you get, they can breathe better as well.
Cloth diapers prevent “blow outs”. In most cases, cloth diapering is actually easier on your babies’ clothing because most cloth diapers don’t have blow outs that disposables do. You won’t have to toss baby clothing that is stained as much and you won’t spend as much time treating stains.
Cleaning cloth diapers is easier than you think. Most people stay away from cloth diapers because they worry they won’t be able to handle the “ick factor”. The truth is, there isn’t much more ick factor to cloth diapering than there is with disposables. They even make devices that hook up to your toilet that work like a shower head to help remove solid waste and put it in the toilet without you even having to touch it. If you can handle washing rags, you can handle washing cloth diapers. If it really is too much for you, you can always order a diaper service that will take care of the ick for you.
Cloth diapers are healthier for your baby and for you. Cloth diapers do not contain chemicals that the disposable variety does. This means no harmful chemicals on your hands, your baby’s bum or in the air.
It is more convenient than it used to be. There are so many more options than generations had in the past when it comes to cloth diapering. You can buy liners, covers, several different kinds of diapers and there are even diaper detergents out there. There really is so many more ways to make cloth diaper just as convenient and disposable diapering that this really isn’t a reason not to give it a try any more.