Cloth Diapers Offer Better Protection for Baby and the Environment!
Reusable cloth diapers have been in use since the mid-19th century but are presently relegated to a backup role with today’s extensive use of disposable baby diapers.
A great majority of today’s parents (even those from Third World Countries) use disposable cloth diapers instead of reusable cloth diapers due to ease of use and convenience.
However, cloth diapers are slowly making a comeback because of the advantages they offer over the disposable diapers. Modern versions of the old cloth diapers now come in various designs and colors and as the name implies they can be reused over and over again. One big disadvantage of disposable diapers is the absorbent gelling material which may cause rashes and some complications on an infant’s skin. Also, adult cloth diapers are now an option over the bulky plastic disposable underwear.
The most important factor for parents all over the world to consider using a cloth diaper as opposed to branded and disposable diapers is price. Cloth diapers are cheaper than disposable diapers, even if you factor in the laundry cost of washing the soiled diapers.
Modern cloth diapers are no longer the same as what our parents and grandparents used in their days. Today’s cloth diapers are pre-cut and shaped to cover baby’s genital and posterior regions with ease; are equipped with Velcro fasteners or snaps for ease in fastening and some are even available with a flushable and biodegradable paper linings that catch solid waste, allowing easy toilet disposal making soiled and smelly diapers a thing of the past. There are some cloth diapers which consist of a water-resistant outer shell with a back opening for the insertion of absorbent material. In some US cities, there are businesses that offer cloth diapering service for a fee; they deliver clean diapers and pick up soiled ones on a schedule you specify.
Cloth diapers are inherently environment friendly and are now produced using alternative materials which are grown without pesticides like unbleached hemp and organic cotton.
Environmental concerns are also an important consideration in the comeback of the cloth diapers since disposable diapers are primarily made of plastic, which is non-biodegradable.
Since cloth diapers are washable and reusable, they place a lesser stress on landfills which is slowly becoming a global concern. On the average, a child approximately goes through 6,000 diaper changes until he/she is toilet trained. Since disposable diapers have plastic components, this contributes an excessive quantity of bob-biodegradable plastic which will invariably affect water resources of future generations.
Another advantage of reusable cloth diaper is that young children develop early toilet training because of cloth’s moisture retention properties; a child immediately feels when he or she is wet and/or dirty and associates the uncomfortable feeling with the need for a diaper change.