Cloth diapering is a path many parents take when it comes to keeping their babies dry. However, many variables may prevent parents from cloth diapering in the first months of their baby’s lives. These include the fact that cloth diapering, although an all over money-saving option, is a significant investment that parents might not be prepared to make at a time when they have so many other expenses. Also, some parents might find it difficult to get a good fit when cloth diapering their tiny infants.
If any of these reasons are keeping you from cloth diapering your newborn, here are a few things you should consider that may make you change your mind.
It’s Good Not to Get Used to Disposables
If you start out with disposable diapers, you may get used to the convenience they offer. This will make it even harder to switch to cloth down the line, and you may never get the opportunity to take advantage of this money saving option.
Newborn Diapers are Expensive
Newborn diapers tend not to come in megapacks making them cost more than diapers for older babies. That’s why it’s a good idea to start saving money early on.
Control Leaks and Blowouts
Newborns also tend to leak a lot, whether they are wearing disposables or not. Why not get used to cloth and learn how to troubleshoot cloth leaks early on? This will lead to fewer leaks over time.
Another benefit of cloth diapers is they tend to have less poopy blowouts because most have a snug elastic fitting around the back and legs. Some say the fit on cloth diapers in snugger than what disposables provide. (Also, note, this somewhat dispels the myth of cloth diapers not fitting newborns well).
Cloth Diapering is Easier in the Pre-Solid Food Phase
When babies are on a liquid-only diet, their poop will be easier to rinse out. Why give up this low maintenance time by using disposables? This is the best time to be using cloth!
You Don’t Leave the Home as Often with a Newborn
It’s difficult to go on outings when you have a newborn. With disposables, you will have to leave the house more often to buy diapers whereas, with cloth diapers, you can stay at home and enjoy more mommy-baby bonding.
It Can Help You Stay on Top of the Laundry Better
If you’re washing inserts, you can always add in family clothing so that it doesn’t pile up. Also, the frequent visits to the laundry room will ensure this is one task that is always on the top of your mind!
Cloth diapering may seem pretty high maintenance for parents of newborns, but once you take the plunge, you may find it’s easier than you would think. Getting into the habit early will make you used to the cloth option, preparing you for the years to come, not to mention a second baby. Your newborn may be tiny, but that doesn’t mean your family can’t take advantage of cloth diapers and how they can benefit your family!
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