Every parent has their parenting style and choices they make for raising their kids. When we become parents, suddenly google becomes our best friend. Because every ingredient present in their products, everything that touches their skin, everything they consume, play with or even look at has to be the best for them! And unless we are sure that we research each product that we buy for our baby, google remains our best friend.
If you are in the same boat and are about to make one of the most crucial decisions for your new-born’s shopping list – THE DIAPERS, we are here to help you with the decision.
You have 2 choices here – disposable diapers or cloth diapers. Listed below are six reasons why cloth diapers are a better choice than disposable diapers.
- Presence Of Chemicals & Toxins
A disposable diaper is made of a mix of plastic and paper pulp. The manufacturing of disposable diapers has a more significant environmental impact. By nature, a disposable diaper is a one-time use product, thus ends up in a landfill and takes around 500 years to break down and decompose. Studies also show that disposable diapers have phthalates and other harmful toxins that convert the pee into a gel and hold it until the diaper changes.
On the other hand, cloth diapers are made of cotton, hemp and other natural fibres. A good quality cloth diaper such as SuperBottoms UNO can be washed up to 300 times, thus having no harmful impact on the environment. They are the best thing to touch your baby’s skin, as they contain no harmful chemicals or toxins.
- Cheaper In Longer Run
Suppose you compare the cost of one disposable diaper against one cloth diaper; of course, one cloth diaper costs you more. But you can use one disposable diaper just once, while cloth diapers can be washed up to 300 times. Thus, cloth diapers turn out to be way cheaper in the long run. For the entire three years of your baby diapering journey, 16 cloth diapers are all you would need. In comparison, you will need around 5500 if you use disposable diapers. The math here is simple – cloth diapers save you 75% on your overall diapering cost compared to disposable diapers.
- Sustainable & Earth Friendly
As mentioned earlier, disposable diapers are not just loaded with harmful chemicals, and they also contain plastic and other components that make them the worst enemy of the earth. All the diapers that have ever been used since they were first invented are still somewhere in a landfill waiting to be decomposed, as it takes 400 – 500 years to degrade.
Cloth diapers last for years and are made of all-natural fibres. They are biodegradable, earth-friendly and a blessing to the environment.
- Comfort & Absorbance
Imagine wearing plastic or anything synthetic all day over a body part as sensitive as your crotch! Also, disposable diapers are uncomfortable; they don’t let your baby’s skin breathe and thus can cause rashes. And if your baby is a heavy wetter, there is no option but to disturb their sleep by changing the full diaper at night.
Cloth diapers are breathable, comfortable and suitable for even the most sensitive skin. If your baby is a heavy wetter, you need to add an extra layer of inserts or a super absorbent layer such as hemp, and you do not need to wake the baby up for a diaper change especially. Babies who sleep better wake up happier!
- One Size Fits All
Disposable diapers have a lot of sizes available to choose from based on your baby’s weight. However, the weight often does not determine the size as leaner babies who are tall vs. chubby babies who are short might have the same weight, but the diaper fittings might be different.
Cloth diapers are a one size fits all solution to this problem. As cloth diapers are adjustable, the same diaper can be used on a three-month baby and a three-year-old baby. You do not need to open and adjust the snaps every time. Cloth diapers can be easily washed even with their snaps adjusted. Thus, you need to open and modify them only when your baby outgrows a particular size.
- Reusable For Next Child
We Indians believe in passing down the love from older babies to the younger ones in the family. So now you can add cloth diapers also to the care package for the new baby in the family. Cloth diapers are super hygienic to be used on multiple babies, just like any other baby apparel. One wash and dry them in sunlight is enough to disinfect and kill all the bacteria in cloth diapers.
Isn’t the choice obvious now? With so many benefits for the baby and the parents and that they are best for the environment, cloth diapers are preferred by today’s mindful and conscious parents. Have you made the switch yet?