Cloth Diapers 101
Cloth diaper technology has come a long way since the days of cotton squares and diaper pins. They are now stylish, easy to use and easy to clean. Many parents choose cloth diapers for environmental reasons, but they soon discover that there are a lot more perks to using cloth diapers than they expected.
Benefits of Cloth Diapers
1) Natural, chemical-free
Cotton cloth diapers, especially organic cloth diapers, contain none of the chemicals found in disposable diapers.
2) More comfortable
Cotton is much softer and more comfortable for your little one’s baby
3) More economical
Even though cloth diapers are more expensive in the beginning, over time they are actually more economical. Cloth diapers cost about $800 over the timespan that your baby needs them compared to $2,000 to $3,000 for disposable diapers.
4) Better for the environment
Cloth diapers are both reusable and biodegradable. Disposable diapers go straight into the landfill.
All-in-one cloth diapers are ones that have a soaker pad attached to a waterproof cover. The entire diaper, including the attached cover, go straight into the washing machine. Since they cannot be separated, they tend to take longer to dry. Some people use all-in-one diapers when they have a babysitter or for convenience when travelling.
Two-piece cloth diapers have a removable soaker pad. Once the soaker pad is wet, you can simply change the pad and reuse the cover if it isn’t soiled. Since the pieces come apart, this type dries faster and is less bulky.
Prefold diapers are the least expensive type of cloth diapers available. They are simply large rectangles of cotton cloth that you fold around your baby’s bum. Some parents swear by prefolds because they rarely leak.
Fitted cloth diapers are shaped a lot like disposable diapers. They are very good at preventing leaks. Many parents use fitted diapers at night because they are so leak-proof.
Hybrid cloth diapers can be used with a washable or a disposable insert. Hybrids are handy for travel or if you want to try out cloth diapers without too much hassle.
Wash diapers on the heaviest setting with a cold rinse. Always try to use fragrance and dye-free detergents meant for babies or sensitive skin. Skip the fabric softener in the dryer altogether since it adds unnecessary chemicals to fabric.
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