I started using Cloth Diapers in February this year, when my baby was around 5 months old. At the beginning, I was thankful every time I found a clean diaper (without 💩) and dreaded the day I would have to wash a dirty diaper. This was because I had only two diapers to begin with and I was using only one a day, luckily when it wasn’t time for her to poop.
But eventually, it had to happen. I had to get my hands dirty, and those days, her poop was runny because she hadn’t started solids. But despite this, I feel like I made a
good great decision to switch to cloth diapers, and here’s why you should consider it too. Not just, oh-that’s-great-I’ll-think-about-it kind of consider it, because frankly, there’s nothing to think about, but more like ‘oh-that’s-fantastic-where-can-I-get-these-beauties’ kind of excitedly consider it. So today, on World Environment Day, I’m going to push you to give this a try.
1. They’re good for the environment
This is kind of obvious, but here’s some info to make you see the bigger picture, courtesy Superbottoms.
- From birth to toilet training, most children will use approximately 5,000 disposable diapers. It takes 200-400 kgs of Fluff Pulp and 130 kgs of plastic (including packaging) per year, to supply a single baby with disposables.
- 20 tonnes more raw materials, x2 more water, and x3 more energy is consumed while making Disposable Diapers as compared to Cloth Diapers.
- Disposable Diapers are fast becoming the biggest contributors to landfills, one that stay on the earth for years together apart from contaminating ground waters too.
2. Pocket Friendly
Now when you purchase your first diaper, it might feel like you’re paying twice the amount of a pack of disposable diapers. But did you know that you can wash and reuse Cloth Diapers up to 300 times? So you’re actually paying for 300 diapers. Now recalculate the cost and see if it isn’t pocket friendly. With Cloth Diapers, the initial investment is high, I agree. But in the long run, you end up saving money.
3. Better than nappies, obvs.
Now if you’re going to say that you’re using cloth nappies and that’s not harming the environment, then you’re totally right. I’m 100% with you on that. And if you have the patience to change nappies every time the baby pees or poop, and the patience to change any bedding, and the patience to wipe/clean up after your child when they become mobile, then I will bow down to you because I have nothing but respect for you. But then for poor moms like me who survive all day without any help with the baby, I need to use diapers if I want to make it to the end of the day with my sanity intact, and I have to use something that is leak proof and can last for a few hours at least without the need to be changed unless pooped in.
4. Soft on baby’s bum.
No matter how much they insist, disposable diapers cannot have the same texture as actual cloth. So baby’s bum only touch soft fabric that has been specially designed for baby’s bum. Instead of chemical that converts baby’s pee into gel.
5. No More butt cream
Because Cloth Diapers are soft and airy despite being leak proof, and have a dry-feel layer, and are gentle on baby’s bum and that eliminates the need of a rash cream because cloth diapers will not cause rash.
6. Summer fashion
Now haven’t we all dressed our babies in only the bare minimum clothing in summer? I remember there were days when even a light shirt was too much, and her entire ensemble began and finished with a diaper. In such a case, how boring are white diapers? And how cool are the prints on Superbottoms? When you are flaunting those bums, why not some amazing colours and prints? Cloth Diapers are an amazing addition to baby’s outfit and because there are sooo many options available, you’ll find something to go with everything your baby owns!
7. Machine Washable
I was thrilled when I found out that I could use regular (non-scented) detergent to wash Superbottoms and my life changed when I realised I could wash them in the washing machine. And they come out almost completely dry, so even if you’re worried about how long it’ll take for the thick soakers to dry, the machine should do more than half the work for you.
8. One size fits all
The amazing thing about Superbottoms Cloth Diapers is that the many snap buttons on them allow you to adjust the diapers’ size and fit so they can be adjusted and used till you baby is potty trained.
Do you agree? Are there any more reasons you switched to Cloth? Let me know in the comments.
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