Whilst you were pregnant, some of your most visited thoughts would have been, How will I keep my baby safe and protected? Will I be able to breastfeed? What diapers should I get my baby? What about nappy rashes? And so on… We’ve all been there!
Diapering is one such decision you will contemplate on while expecting a baby, and it’s a rather important one. Many of us have heard about CDing (Cloth Diapering) but don’t know where to begin, well, I assure you it’s a lot simpler than you think it is 😊
I have been using CD’s for Kay-Kay since she was a month old. Since would wet 10 to 12 nappies a day, disposables seemed like the best way to go else I would have to be washing through the day. And the last thing a new Mommy needs is another set of chores lined up for her. But I would recommend that this chore is worth the effort and I will explain myself shortly.
However, rather than exclusively CDing, I adopted a combination where I would use CD’S in the day while she was awake and playful and use disposables in the night times for extra comfort (for baby and mommy) while she was asleep for long hours.
WHAT ARE CLOTH DIAPERS?
So long safety pins, plastic pants and tireless folds and knots. Today, the market is filled with specially engineered cloth diapers that are not only trendy and chic but also nearly as easy to use as disposables.
There are 5 major types of Cloth Diapers with varying levels of added features, cost and ease of use.
- Prefold Cloth Diapers: These are the oldest and also the most economical to use. They are essentially flat rectangular cloth pieces that can be folded in many ways to fit your baby. They are versatile, easy to wash, dry and inexpensive. However, the downside is that these would require an additional fastener or a cover.
- Fitted Cloth Diaper: These are chic looking diapers made of absorbent material that have leg and back elastic and are fastened onto the baby by the use of hook and loops. These again do not have a waterproof layer and need a waterproof cover to be used. These are great for keeping the mess within due to the elastics and are made of highly absorbent material too.
- Pocket Diapers: They boast of being the breakthrough innovation in the Diaper industry. A pocket separates the polyester lining (promising to keep the part that touches the babys skin dry) and the cover. An absorbent pad or a pre-fold is to be stuffed inside the pocket to absorb all the moisture and give baby a dry feel for a longer period. They are highly absorbent and do not need any additional fittings and are very easy to fasten onto baby.
- All in one cloth Diapers : The AIO’s (All in One) Diapers are basically meant to make it easier to use, wash and store as you only deal with a single component. These “one wear, one wash” diapers boast of their simplicity of design and are also very convenient to use. They come in many shapes and designs and the only disadvantage is the longer drying periods between wears.
- All in Two Cloth Diapers: The All in Two (AI2) or hybrid diapers got their name because of the absorbency layering or the disposable inserts that can be used, inside a waterproof cover. These again are limited to a particular size and will have to be changed as your baby grows.
We started the AI2 CDs for Kay-Kay, when she was a newborn, as I was particularly impressed by the natural style and comfort afforded thereof. However, I had some leak issues and had to discontinue these and give them away. These however, did work for my cousin who used the hybrid ones for both of her daughters.
The lesson here is that, just as your baby is a unique little gem, so also is everything associated with it. Therefore I’d always recommend you to try a few of the options above and verify which one gives your baby the best diaper experience.
5 Reasons why Cloth Diapering is better than Disposable Diapers?
- Your baby is happy
Disposables contain harmful chemicals such as dioxins, that have been proven to be linked to long term health conditions. Most disposable diapers are bleached white with chlorine resulting in a byproduct called dioxins that then adhere to the diapers, which are in direct contact with your baby’s skin. Other chemicals often used in disposable diapers include dyes, fragrances, plastics and petrolatum. Adhesive chemicals are used in the sticky tabs to close the diapers and dyes are used to color and make the patterns and labels that mark diapers. Perfumes and fragrances are used in some disposable diapers to help mask adverse odor.
- You are happy
You can imagine the amount of money you will be saving by reducing the number of disposables. Although, good quality CD’s initially, would be costlier than a disposable one, in the long run you will have compounded your savings. They are always available in your home and you will have the peace that your baby is free of toxic chemicals. The natural fibres in the cloth will not restrict air flow like the disposables would.
- The environment is happy
Every cloth diaper you use is one less disposable in a landfill. Disposable diapers generate more solid waste and use more raw materials than CD’s. Your disposables will take hundreds of years to breakdown in a landfill as compared to a cloth diaper that will be used countless number of times before it makes its way to the dump. I personally, have been using the same CD’s for over a year now and they still look good enough to go on for some more time.
- Potty Training will become easier
Disposables are so comfortable that they can even procrastinate potty training . Disposables do such a great job at soaking moisture that your child will not know what feeling wet seems like. The longer it takes for your baby to understand the discomfort that being wet results in, the longer he/she will feel the need for an alternative which means that CDs contribute to faster response to potty training among toddlers.
- One Size Fits All (Almost)
CDs (the type that I am reviewing) come with adjustable fasteners, which means that a single CD can be used over a range of sizes from new born all the way to toddler.
This post is specially dedicated to all the Mommys-to-be! I empathize with you in all your anxiety and concerns, do feel free to email or shout out to me on instagram @mamaandthemariner.
Wishing you only the best!