Despite all the news you may have heard about the benefits of cloth diapers, most parents still opt for disposables. A common argument may be that they are more convenient and not as messy as cloth. However, there are many benefits of cloth diapers. If you are a disposable family, read on for some vital information that may change your mind.
Cloth is a Money Saving Option
Cloth diapers have a lot of upfront costs including the diapers themselves. Other expenses include a diaper sprayer and the cost of doing extra laundry. However, you will begin to see a return on your investment after the first year your baby is in cloth diapers. The savings will start to add up once you have a second child.
Cloth is More Environmentally Friendly
Disposable diapers can cause harm to the environment, degrading slowly and taking up space in landfills. They require 60 times the amount of solid waste as compared to cloth. They also use 20 times the amount of raw materials including wood and petroleum.
Easier Potty Training
Besides the environmental and financial issues that may be reduced with the use of cloth, they also have a lot of practical benefits for families. One of these benefits is that it can make for easier potty training. Cloth diapers prompt babies to train earlier because they are not as absorbent as disposables. This uncomfortable wet feeling will make baby want to ditch the diapers sooner. This will lead to fewer expenses and less garbage for mom and dad.
Cloth Diapers are More Comfortable
Even though it may be hard to tell how comfortable your baby is, it seems like cloth might be more pleasant on a baby’s bottom. These diapers are lightweight, breathable and the natural fibers are likely to feel softer on your baby’s skin. Parents who choose cloth diapers also tend to change their babies more often, increasing their child’s comfort.
Cloth Diapers are Easily Recyclable
Not only can cloth diapers be recycled to be used on your child’s bottom again, but they can also be used after your child is no longer in diapers. Here are some excellent uses for these old diapers:
- Burp Cloths
- Diapers for a second child
- Cleaning including washing cars and dusting
- Bibs (if you are handy)
- Donate them
- A compress in a first aid kit
Unlike their disposable counterparts, cloth diapers come in a variety of materials, colors, and prints. Fashionista moms will love how their babies look even when they’re in their most natural state.
The Cloth Diaper Society
When parents see other parents using cloth diapers, they know it is more than just a choice; it is a statement based on a desire to save money and the environment. By cloth diapering your child, you are showing that you are part of a worthy cause.Cloth diapers can benefit your family on so many levels. They are comfortable, stylish, environmentally friendly, money saving options. Of course, everyone must make a decision based on their personal preferences, but, with all these great reasons for going cloth, why wouldn’t you make this practical choice these over disposables?