One of the many choices that you make as a parent is whether to use disposable diapers or reusable diapers for your baby. Most parents are skeptical about using cloth simply because they had that perception that cloth diapers are hard to use, they are inconvenient and they are expensive. On the contrary, cloth diapers are not one of these. So, what makes reusable diapers better?
They Are Chemical Free
Cloth diapers are either made of synthetic fibers or natural fibers like bamboo, microsuede or micropolar fleece that are friendly to your baby’s skin. It doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that could possibly irritate or worse, burn your little one’s skin. Many of you probably do not know that disposable diapers are bleached using a chemical called Dioxin. Exposure to this could cause nerve damage or birth defects. The absorbent gel in disposable diapers is called Sodium Polyacrylate, a chemical that is linked to toxic shock syndrome. You will not have these in cloth diapers.
They Are Cheaper
On the average, a baby could use up to 3000 disposable diapers on his first year. Each piece could cost around $0.24. That’s a minimum of $720 per year or $60 per month spent on disposable diapers since there is no guarantee that your baby will be potty trained at age 1. Perhaps not even by the end of the second year. You still need to multiply that with the number of months or years. Compare that to using cloth diapers. A dozen cloth diapers is enough to last until your little one gets potty trained and you can already buy a good quality diaper for around $300 – $400.
They Are Environment Friendly
It is estimated that it will take 250-300 years before one disposable diaper gets fully decomposed. Think about how much trash we are throwing in the landfill if one baby uses 3000 diapers in one year. Sad to say that these disposable diapers will still be in the landfill long after you, your children and possibly your great grandchildren are gone.
They Are Convenient
May be hard to believe but they are. Modern cloth diapers have evolved. From flats, there are now cloth diapers with snap closures, hook and loop or Velcro closures, making it easier for parents to change their babies. And if you are using cloth diapers, you never have to run to the grocery store because your pack of diapers is running out. You never have to look at the foul smelling, overflowing trash bin. Just put the diapers in the washer and you will have fresh ones not long later.
They Come In Different Colors And Prints
Disposable diapers pretty much look the same – boring! With reusable diapers, you can pick the color or the print that you want. There are denim prints, flower prints and even abstract prints; fabric with rocket ships or minions or princesses and dragons, the options are just endless. Just imagine how cute those little bums will be. What could be better than that?