Cloth diapers have been in use for centuries. Pinning, washing, boiling and drying were the daily tasks of mothers taking care of their babies. However, in recent years, the invention of the modern disposable diapers has changed everything. Gone are the days of endlessly rinsing and cleaning diapers every time your baby relieved himself. These days, they’re simply soiled and thrown away. Changing a baby has never been easier. Though they may be easier are they better? Here are a few reasons why not.
So the day is over and your ready to settle in your baby for his nighttime sleep. Off he heads to the bath ready for a warm treat just before bed and it’s a good thing because he’s just soiled his diaper. As you dry your baby off and head for the changing table, you realize that last soiled diaper was really the last diaper. The pack of diapers is empty and there’s no more to be found. You beg your husband to drive down to the only open store that night and buy a small pack of diapers for a whopping $8. So much for your bulk-buying coupons. It will have to do until morning.
As exaggerated as this scenario seems, it certainly isn’t uncommon. You tend to realize that you are out of diapers just when you need one the most. Though, what do you do when you are in need of one and don’t have any. This is where cloth diapers take the stage. Cloth diapers never “run out” and you can clean them almost anywhere so when you are down to your last clean one, you can simply wash it and pop it in the dryer. If you buy enough, you’ll be able to rotate the clean ones out with the dirty so that you’re always prepare for a clean one each time another gets soiled.
One of the most popular arguments for cloth diapers is the cost-effectiveness. Cloth diapers are never thrown away so they never need to be replenished. Babies also soil their diapers quite often which can increase the costs even more. You can not always rely on cost-saving techniques such as coupons or freebies because, as shown, in the previous scenario, you can often get caught in situations where you can use a coupon or get a freebie. While, many opponents, would also argue that washing and drying the cloth diapers has its costs, those costs can’t compare with the mounting cost of purchasing diapers on a weekly basis. Even still, many people have come up with ways to reduce these costs by washing by hand and air drying, which has almost negligible costs.
Not only will cloth diapers be kind to your wallet, they are also very kind to your baby’s skin. Many people have found that disposable diapers can cause rashes or mild skin irritation due to the abrasive and synthetic material that they are usually made of. However, using diapers made out of cotton, hemp or even bamboo fibers can be gentle on your baby’s skin.
Cloth diapers are a great alternative to the disposible diaper and their benefits haven’t changed over the centuries. You can enjoy the fact that you aren’t spending a great deal of money on your diapers and that your babies skin is enjoying the benefits, too.