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Cloth Diapers Then And Now
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Cloth Diapers Then And Now

More and more parents seem to be leaning towards using cloth diapers these days, because they are more natural and environmentally friendly. Not only that, but with the cost of disposable diapers being so high these days, using cloth diapers can save you a lot of money in the long run. So, what are the differences in cloth diapers then and now?

Cloth diapers years ago

Cloth Diapers have been around for ages, but years ago they were more difficult to use and clean than they are now. Because of this it caused a lot of people to turn to an easier option such as disposable diapers. While disposable diapers were a lot easier to use, they also cause havoc to the environment, and they pile up like crazy in the garbage. (Not to mention they stink!)

How they have changed

Thankfully cloth diapers have come a long way since then, and are much easier to use and clean. Today they are just as easy to use as a disposable diaper. The most popular systems of cloth diapers have an outer shell with inserts you put inside of a diaper ‘pocket’ to soak up the urine; when done, you shake or rinse off poop into the toilet, take out the liner and wash! Another popular system that is used comes with the insert attached to the inner layer of the diaper; you just take it off of the baby, shake or rinse off any poop into the toilet, and chuck it in the wash. Simple!

Washing cloth diapers

When washing cloth diapers it’s important to pay attention to what detergents you use. Detergents that have bleach, brighteners, enzymes, fragrances, or any harsh chemicals should be avoided! Using detergents that contain any of these ingredients will not only ruin your diapers, causing them to fray and deteriorate, but they can also cause bad rashes on your baby’s skin. This is something that every parent wants to avoid! Thankfully, there are quite a few safe detergents in stores that can be used for washing cloth diapers.

Washing does not mean disinfected

Another thing that is important to know is that detergents do not disinfect the diapers. A lot of parents think that cleaning means disinfecting, and that is not the case. Although the detergents don’t disinfect, it is not hard to do. All you have to do is add a small amount of baking soda to your diaper wash, Drying them in the sun will also disinfect them just as well. It is recommended that you disinfect cloth diapers at least once a month.

Are the right for you?

Deciding to cloth diaper is a personal choice, but it’s not for everyone. Some people just don’t have the time for the little bit of extra labor; but with cloth diapers being as easy to care for now a day, a lot more people are preferring them over disposables. If you’re interested in using cloth diapers I recommend doing research to make sure they are right for you.


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