Friday, 18 July 2014

To Cloth or Not to Cloth, That is the Question!

But really, should that be the biggest parenting question that new and seasoned parents are facing today?  To use cloth diapers or disposables?  In my opinion, there is no question....the evidence is clear: the environment and our health both lead me to believe that cloth is the only way to go.

I recently read an article that was talking about how important proper sanitation is to developing countries, countries that do not have sewage systems and a designated place to "go".  It made me think about how un-developed we are when it comes to the issue of infant diapering.  We just toss 'em and forget about it, but really what we are doing is contaminating our water systems with every diaper we put out to the curb.  All of our waste should be going into the designated facilities that we have so painstakingly took hundreds of years to develop and implement; with no exception because it came from a child.

You may be surprised to find out that one of the most original prototypes for the disposable diaper was invented by a woman about 65 years ago.  With the most popular brand "Pampers" being introduced in 1961, six years before my favorite year of Corvette was made; I liken Pampers to Corvettes because really, in my experience they both outperform their competitors.  When I think of cloth diapers however, I envision a '67 Vette that has been converted to electric.  That would be sweet, right?!  Yes, we are so advanced nowadays that you CAN actually choose to cloth diaper and have your baby looking trim and cute as ever.

So if it's not the aesthetics that parents are worried about, then what is it?  Surely it can't be the "extra" amount of work it takes to do a few loads of laundry a week, can it?  Last time I checked, it was way more work to get the kids out of the house and all the way to the store only to find out that the kind of diapers you use are not on sale and you are stuck biting the bullet, once again.  And then you have to buy wipes too, don't forget; and while they are handy, most of them are not even wide/thick enough to actually shield your whole hand.  Cloth wipes are oh soo soft and thick and you really only need a couple for even the biggest messes.  I like adding essential oils to the water that I soak my cloths in, it keeps the bacteria away and helps with clean up too.

When a cloth diaper is washed in the washing machine, adding vinegar and tea tree oil along with a small amount of laundry detergent will keep them fresh and sanitary.  No need for hot water, cold is just fine. Doing this prolongs the life of your cloth diapers and keeps your energy bill low.  Most brands currently ask you to tumble dry on the low setting on your dryer, this will also save energy because less wattage is being used to do the job....and of course in this beautiful weather we can hang up our fluff on the line and skip the dryer all together.  And remember, the bigger the stash the longer you can go between wash days.

I say....go ahead, jump in wholeheartedly to the cloth diapering idea.  You cannot go wrong by trying and after a month you just may wonder what your big hang up was anyways.

I am providing some links for more info as well as my favorite places to buy cloth diapers and accessories.

You will at least give it a try, right?  It's simple: You and your checkbook will be glad you did, I know it!  :)

The Facts

Bamboo Diapers


Diaper Ointment


Swim Diapers

Want to know more?  Feel free to comment below.  Happy Diapering!