Before the disposable diapers were around, people used to use cloth diapers on their babies. Of course with the disposable diapers, things are much easier because one just has to put it on, and get rid of it by unfastening the tabs holding the diaper together and rolling it into a ball before it finds its way to a bin. However, as convenient as they may be, the cost of such diapers surely adds up over a period of time and hence they aren't a viable option for those who have limited financial resources.
Apart from cloth diapers being cheaper there are more reason why one would use them. The disposable kinds are so designed as to avoid leaking and for this purpose there is a chemical that is used to ensure that all fluids are going to stay right there on the baby's bottom. Toxic shock syndrome is a concern with disposables since Dioxin and sodium polyacrylate are both incorporated while manufacturing them.
Since disposable diapers are made to absorb and hold fluid it can sometimes be difficult to tell if the baby has done anything in them. This means there are going to be fewer changes of the garments than normal. When the fluids are left on the baby's skin there is the risk of chaffing and rash breaking out. With one that is made of cloth there will not be any guessing if there is a surprise waiting or not.
One of the great things about a cloth diaper is the material it is made from. Each one is made of layers that consist of 100 percent cotton flannelette. This means the cloth is soft on the skin and even feels better when being worn all the time. If you think about it during the hot months it is cooler to wear a 100 percent cotton shirt. This is the same coolness that a baby feels when wearing a diaper no matter how hot it might be outside.
Cloth diapers are eco friendly because they are not thrown away. When the garment is taken off the child there is usually a container for placing it unless the child had a bowel movement in which case it should be rinsed out thoroughly before being placed in the container. When there are enough dirty ones just place everything in the washer with an antiseptic and then throw them into the dryer.
In comparison a disposable diaper has to be thrown away. This means once a week they will be carried in the trash bags to the curb for pick up. Now the diaper will be thrown in one of the local landfills. Each disposable is going to sit there for about unlimited number of years before being broken down for decomposer not to mention the 75 thousand metric tons plastic being used for constructing the diapers.
There is no longer the need to poke your finger when adding the safety pin to ensure that it stays on. Cloth diapers are now offered with snaps and Velcro strips. They are even secure enough so that the diaper will stay in place at all times.
Besides filling the landfills with something that is going to take forever to decompose, think about keeping the babies bottom from chaffing. Cloth diapers are not only affordable but easier on the skin as well, the only downfall being to remove any surprises that might be waiting for you. There will be no need for being in a panic during the night when you run out in hope that there might be a store open, since they are easily washed just like the rest of the laundry items.
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