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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cloth Diaper: Pros and Cons

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Our baby Raeka in her cloth diaper.

Moms today are becoming aware of the environmental impact of disposable diapers that is why cloth diapers are becoming more popular. I wanted to try this the moment I got pregnant with baby #2. Based on what I read, Cloth Diapers are more economical and safer on baby's skin and these 2 are always the concern when it comes to diapers.

What are Cloth Diapers?
- These are reusable and washable diapers. They come in different variants, and sizes too.

Why I tried using cloth diapers?
- Hubby and I got tired of buying disposable diapers every other week. It is environment friendly because they will not end up in the garbage landfill. Cheaper in the long run.

When did we start using cloth diapers?
- I started using them on baby when she turned 4 weeks, she weighed approximately 8 to 9 pounds that time.


Almost everything that we do has its pros and cons, so here are my views about Cloth Diapers.

Pros:
1. Less trash. Disposables will take 550 years to decompose. Imagine that.
2. You won't need to buy diapers every week.
3. You can sell it later. Some mommies will buy used diapers first just to try them out before buying in bulk.
4. Cute designs. No explanation needed.
5. Cheaper in the long run. These can be used until toddler years or until baby is potty trained.

Cons:
1. Increase in laundry load. A baby will use a minimum of 4 diapers per day.
2. Smell. You will definitely notice the smell of baby's pee once you remove the cloth diaper.
3. Poop contact. If you cringe at the sight of poop, then this option is not for you.
4. Brain drain. You will need to research a lot before deciding, there are plenty of brands to choose from and care instructions of each diaper.
5. Needs investment. The cheapest cloth diaper I know is equivalent to 30-40 pieces of disposables.


Having read the Pros and Cons, I'm curious to know if you...

.. use Cloth Diapers on your baby? 
.. are willing to try them at all? 
.. have some of your own Pros and Cons that you might want to add?


Please leave your answers by commenting below and I'll get back to you as soon as I'm online.

My sources:
http://behealthyandrelax.com/2007/11/how-long-does-it-take-to-decompose/
http://babyproducts.about.com/od/bathsdiaperspotties/bb/cloth_diapers.htm

Blessed be.

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