Reusable cloth diapers are making a comeback! Gone are the days when you fastened cloth diapers with a pin (now they feature easy-to-use snaps). Despite the fact that there are more moms introducing cloth diapering into their routine, many new and experienced moms are intimidated by this healthy, sustainable and cost-effective option. With this post, we hope to educate you on the benefits of using reusable cloth diapers.
Cloth diapering is a money saving solution for parents. During the time you will be changing baby’s diapers, you will spend approximately $3000 (brand name diapers) to $4000 (eco-friendly options) on disposable diapers. This does not include the additional money spent on a diaper pail and liners. Parents can stock up on reusable cloth diapers for as little as $400 and up to $1000. There will be a small increase in expenditures on laundry detergent and diaper liners, but it still does not amount to what you would spend on disposable diapers. Additionally, if you care for and maintain the cloth, you can use the same cloth diapers on your second (and even your third) child. The money saved can be invested into other areas, such as saving for your child’s post-secondary education – check out our previous post about British Columbia’s RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan).
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY & SUSTAINABLE:
Globally, we are more aware of the negative effect our modern way of life has on the environment, which leads us to make more eco-friendly and sustainable choices. When it comes to diapering, reusable cloth diapers are more eco-friendly and sustainable compared to the alternative – disposable diapers.
Disposable diapers are said to take 500 years to decompose in a landfill, and you can expect to change approximately 6000 to 10000 disposable diapers by the time your child learns to use the potty. Along with an unbelievably long decomposition period, solid waste is not properly disposed. When changing reusable cloth diapers, solid waste is removed into the toilet and flushed into the septic system or treated properly at a water treatment facility. Any additional waste that is left on the cloth diaper ends up in the wash, where it is disposed of correctly.
HEALTHIER FOR BABY:
Reusable cloth diapers do not contain any toxins, harsh chemicals or poisons, reducing the risk of severe diaper rash. They are also very breathable, which regulate temperature for both boys and girls and allows moisture to evaporate quickly. Too much moisture and heat can affect scrotal temperature in boys and increase the risk of yeast growth in girls.
SPEEDY POTTY LEARNING:
Cloth diapered children are known to learn how to use the potty faster than disposable diapered children. Reusable cloth diapers are not designed to “lock away moisture”, so your child learns to respond faster to the sensation of urinating and the uncomfortable feeling of moisture on the cloth. It is common for cloth diapered children to learn how to use the potty with less intervention from parents.
FUN & FASHIONABLE:
The wide range of stylish prints, bold colours, and soft fabrics is almost reason enough to start using reusable cloth diapers. Having so many adorable patterns, colours, and fabrics to choose from makes shopping for diapers much more fun for mom! Check out our line of Kangacare Rumparooz One Size Cloth Diapers.
These are only some of the reasons why reusable cloth diapers are a more effective and efficient to use than disposable diapers. We understand that learning or transitioning into using cloth diapers can be a big step, but we also encourage choosing the healthiest option for baby! To learn more getting a good fit for baby, take a look at this video from Kanga Care.