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In the long run, using cloth diapers rather than disposable diapers will help to save money. A study done by cloth diaper supporters shows that a family with just one child in disposable diapers can easily spend over one thousand dollars in one year. Multiple this by the average two to three years most children use diapers or training pants, and the cost adds up to a lot of money. And then, if a family has more than one child, this cost continues to rise a significant amount. With cloth diapers, there can be a bit of an “upfront” price to pay, but over time, families are able to save a lot of money. Especially given that cloth diapers can be used for multiple children.
Cloth diapers are also environmentally friendly. They do not sit in a landfill for five hundred years, breaking down, the way a disposable diaper will. Also, the chemicals found in disposables are not in cloth diapers. Instead, they are gentle on a baby’s skin. Depending on the type used, cloth diapers can be made with all natural fabrics, allowing for even less of a concern.
And an added but equally important bonus, cloth diapers are easy to use. With all the different types available, it is easy to find one that fits a family’s specific needs, no matter what those needs may be.
As mentioned, there are many types of cloth diapers. Some of the most commonly used ones include: all in ones, pockets, flats, prefolds, fitteds, and hybrids. Depending on the type or the specific brand name, cloth diapers consist of a “one size,” which allows each diaper to be sized by snaps or adjustable elastic to fit a baby through several growth sizes or sized diapers can be used, based on a baby’s weight. Many brands and types also have a “newborn” size, which are exactly what they sound like – diapers for newborn sized babies. . Many will suggest trying several different brands or even types before officially deciding on a diaper stash, just to make sure it fits specific needs as well as keeps baby comfortable.
All in ones, which are also referred to as AIOs, are essentially as the name describes. All “pieces” are one. The absorbent insert is sewn into the diaper cover itself. Because these are all sewn together, they can be a little thicker and therefore, usually take longer to dry after being washed.
A pocket diaper is one in which the cover has a pocket opening that allows for an insert to be placed inside. The type of insert used can be adjusted based on what a family prefers. This also gives families the option to add more, if more absorbency is needed.
Prefolds and flats are essentially the same type of diaper. They are what were used as cloth diapers back years ago. The absorbent material, which can either be a single or double layer of fabric, is folded and secured on the baby using a diaper pin or snappi. A flat or prefold on its own is not waterproof, so a separate diaper cover is needed to hold the wetness in. These generally wash easy and dry fast.
Fitteds are like prefolds/flats in that alone, they do not hold in the wetness. They are different, however, in that they have snaps or velcro closures, rather than needing pins or snappis. Many parents will use fitteds without a cover and just choose to change the diaper more often.
Hybrids are considered a mix of disposable and cloth diapers. They diaper consists of a cloth diaper cover, but can use a disposable insert. Generally these inserts are biodegradable. Parents can also choose to use cloth inserts rather than disposable ones.
It does not have to be a difficult or scary process as long as the focus is on keeping it as simple as possible. Some families wash their cloth diapers by hand and hang them to dry. Some wash using a washer and hang them to dry. Some use a washer and dryer. It is recommended to check each specific brand’s recommendations for washing and drying, but outside of that recommendation, it is best to find what fits each family and do what works.
There is a diaper for every family’s needs. Going swimming and need a diaper? Consider using a cloth swim diaper rather than a disposable one. Potty training a toddler? There are cloth trainers, made specifically to withhold toddler sized pottying accidents.
What works for one family may not work for another, but the beautiful thing about cloth diapers is that there is something out there for everyone.
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