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If you’re a natural mama, you’re likely looking for ways to do things for your family that are easier on the environment. You may have also already heard of or even use cloth diapers. But even if you have, it’s great to know why we natural minded mamas do the things we do.
P.S. Cloth diapers are also something to consider for us simple-loving semi-minimalist mamas, too!
Overall, cloth diapers accomplish its purposes in many ways – here are just five simple reasons to use cloth for your baby!
Cloth diapers are better for baby’s sensitive skin
Cloth diapers are just what the name portrays…made of cloth! This means that they don’t contain any harsh chemicals from manufacturing. This means that they don’t contain the tiny balls of gel that expand when wet, as in disposables… And if they get soaked enough, these balls of gel seep out of part of the diaper and onto the skin. This means that they can double as swim diapers, too!
Cloth diapers produce less non-biodegradable waste
Cloth diapers are reusable, which means you don’t throw them away! Instead, you wash them… Meaning, less waste destined for the landfill, which is a win-win for our trash can and the environment! For cloth diapers, you simply dump solids into the toilet or compost and throw it in the wetbag, then wash when ready – though promptly. The only true waste would be the water you use to wash it, although you’d be using that same water for laundry anyway. It’s incredible, when you think of it, how much trash you are saving from the landfill each year by using cloth.
Cloth diapers are incredible for your budget!
When we used cloth for the first year of each child’s life, we had about 6 covers and 30 inserts. We went through them all in a few days time, which translates to washing the diapers generally twice a week. If you go to the store and buy two bags of 30 diapers twice a week, every week, until potty training.. You generally spend about 50 cents per diaper, which translates to $15 a bag, which translates to $30 a week… with 52 weeks in the year… That’s over $1500 a year on diapers alone- for just one child! You save that amount by using cloth – a win in my book. And if you are looking at the initial investment, here’s what ours looked like: $10-20 per high quality cover, and $3 each per insert. With 6 covers and 30 inserts, that translates to initially $150 for cloth diapers… and from then on, only the cost of water to wash them. In just under two months, you would spend more on disposable diapers than you would for cloth for a full year! Now that is wild!
Cloth diapers are more absorbent
Especially when you add an extra insert, cloth diapers are more absorbent. Because of this, they can also be used as swim diapers – which again translates to less cost! They also are simply cloth, which means no gel as mentioned in the first point, and are better at absorbing the mess immediately. This means daily, you may generally use less cloth diapers than you would disposable if at home. Inserts are very useful for overnight, too.
Cloth diapers are much cuter!
Cloth diapers come in cute patterns and colors. They also work essentially the same as disposables – what’s not to love? Although there are now some disposable brands that have patterns, the cloth ones you can use over and over again. I loved using the Thirsties brand best – for the patterns and absorption.
P.S. Whether you use cloth or disposal diapers for your babe, check out this all natural baby balm for diaper rash and more!
So, there you have it! These are my 5 simple reasons for using cloth diapers. What would you add to the list? Have you used cloth for your babies, or are you considering it?
~Katherine Newsom writes at Simple Natural Mama
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