Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cloth Diapering- Myths Exposed!

So many people have been interested in starting cloth lately :) I thought I would make a reference post in case any was interested! I am always available to talk and answer questions too! hehe

Part 1:
Common misconceptions:
1. Cloth diapers DO keep your baby dry. Diaper rash is rare with cloth diapering. Disposables use gel that keep your baby ‘dry’. Really this gel is just allowing you to go longer in between changes, leaving your baby sitting in pee. In my personal routine, we change every 2-3 hours or when lily poops. She is always dry and has never had a diaper rash!
2. Cloth diapers and diaper pails don’t have to smell. Many people feel like using cloth diapers will make their home smell. I wash about every 3 days and have never had any smell issues. When Lily poops, it actually contains the smell too! Smell is rarely an issue with cloth diapers, unlike smelly disposables.
3. Cloth diapering is not more difficult than using disposables. I do an extra 2 loads of laundry a week. That is the extent of ‘difficulty’. Using cloth diapers can be just as easy as putting on a diaper, throwing the old one in a diaper pail. My husband actually prefers cloth over sposies.
4. cloth diapers ARE cheaper than disposables. On average, families that use disposable diapers spend around $1000-$2000 on each child. Families that use cloth diapers spend around $150-$300 dollars and can use the diapers on subsequent children. Now THAT is savings!! Not to mention, children who are cloth diaper often potty train a year earlier than those who use disposables.
5. With cloth diapers you rarely have to touch poo. Many people think that with cloth diapering comes getting down and dirty with your diapers. This is not the case. With exclusively breast fed poo, you can throw the diaper straight into the washer! When solids are starting there are two options. You can either:
  • Use diaper liners and just shake the diaper over the toilet.
  • Use a diaper sprayer (mini power washer for diapers) and spray into the toilet.
We used disposable diapers for about a month when Lily was a newborn. She had so many poop explosions, ruining clothes that I came to hate disposables. When we turned to cloth, no more explosions!! I am proud to say that I have not had to touch poop in three months (as long as she has been in cloth).
Cloth diapers really are quite easy to use and very fashionable. They are eco friendly, easy on the wallet and better for babies bum. Give it a shot, I think you will be pleasantly surprised! Pin It Now!

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