Welcome to motherhood and to diapering! Sounds daunting but is really not so bad once you get the hang of the process. The satisfaction of knowing that your baby is safe, protected and away from chemicals, rashes and the planet is saved from getting choked with disposable diapers is huge. Cloth diapering is as easy as disposable diapering and way more economical too.
The truth of the matter is-
Cloth diapers have changed exponentially since the last decade or so. They are no longer the pins and ties that were prone to poop explosions and leaks. The nightmares of having pee all over you, or resort to crackling uncomfortable plastic pants is long gone.
- New age brands like Fig-o-honey cloth diapers have made life a lot easier and comfortable for new mothers. The sturdy but sleek cloth pocket style diapers come in cute prints and smart colours. The one size fits all diapers are set up to last you till potty training time is over, and maybe service your next kid too!
- Most mothers get grossed out that cloth diapers mean washing poop by hand and that their work load is going to increase dramatically. This is one of the biggest myths that marketing agencies for disposable diapers have propagated. Most disposable diapers have a caveat on the pack that solid waste should be scraped or washed off before disposal. Same goes for modern cloth diapers. Just spray or shake the solids off in the toilet, rinse the dirty diaper, and proceed to wash in the washing machine. You can air dry or dry in the dryer. The baby clean-up process is the same and it is just a few extra minutes that can save about 6000 diapers hitting the landfill per baby.
- Cloth diapers keep the baby’s bottom moist and lead to rashes is another common myth that needs to be busted. The new age cloth diapers keep the baby dry and the absorbent inserts are super absorbent, keeping the baby dry and comfortable. As there are no chemicals and perfumes, the skin friendly cloth diaper actually prevents the rash.
- The other major myth that has been doing the rounds is that cloth diapers are leaky. The truth is that diapers need to be well fitted to avoid leaks. Both disposable diapers and cloth diapers need to be snugly fitted, not too loose nor too tight. You should be able to run a finger under the leg and waist elastics comfortably. It actually has been seen that poop explosions are better contained by cloth diapers than disposable ones!
There are many misconceptions regarding the use of cloth diapers. The world has changed and convenience and comfort rules the market today. Not only do you save on loads of money, as cloth diapers only need a one-time investment unlike a daily expense on disposable diapers, but you also work on saving the planet for the future generation. Turn to cloth for a happier baby and a greener planet.