Introduction to Cloth Diapers – What Are They and Why to Use Them ?


Cloth Diapers? Are you serious? Who uses Cloth Diapers now? Aren’t they messy? And aren’t cloth diapers just big leaky nappy held with giant, sharp pins? And don’t cloth diapers give rashes?

I have news for you – cloth diapers have evolved since our parents and grandparents were changing nappies for babies. Today’s modern cloth diapers are easy to use, don’t require pins, and are actually healthier for your baby’s skin than disposables. The modern cloth diapers are shaped like disposables, and have elastic legs, waistbands, and close with either Velcro or Snaps. They come in lots of varieties with high tech moisture wicking polyester, and some even use inserts, these can also be used for long outings and night time.

So, here are 10 reasons I share with parents why cloth diapering is absolutely worth it:

Why Cloth Diaper Reason 1 # Health

This is a most debated issue, but I consider cloth diapering to be healthier for babies for one primary reason – they are made of Natural fibers (and even the synthetic fabrics) allow more airflow than plastic-woven disposables. Strictly from a health point of view, this is important because it regulates heat for boys, which can affect scrotal temperatures, and it keeps yeast from growing in girls, which can cause urinary tract infections, thrush, and a host of other yeast-related issues.

Why Cloth Diaper Reason 2 # Reusable

Traditional chemical diaper is use and throw; thus emptying your pocket quickly with each potty by your little one.  In contrast, cloth diapers are reusable thereby using few of them for more than a year.

Why Cloth Diaper Reason 3 # Baby Friendly

When any diaper get wet or soiled, the skin gets hot and sticky due to the combination of body heat, moisturizer and uric acid. Cloth diapers allow for better airflow, which helps the moisture that’s sitting on baby’s skin to evaporate, leaving your baby drier and less prone to diaper rash.

Why Cloth Diaper Reason 4 # Stay Dry and Leak Proof

Cloth diapers actually leak much less than disposables. I’ve only had few leaks in the 2 years I’ve been cloth diapering our kid and no outfits ruined by yellow baby poop! Cloth diapers are more absorbent and contain blowouts. I speak here from experience. With a cloth diaper, I don’t have to change my baby in the middle of the night. With disposables, I do. Then there’s the blowout factor. Cloth diapers are generous, and they contain. Disposables, not so much.

Why Cloth Diaper Reason 5 # Pocket Friendly and Resalable

Average kids are trained by age of 3 years to live without diapers. For a year, average number of chemical diapers used is 2880, seems a big number thereby costing upto 36,000 INR. On the contrary, invest on cloth diapers, 20 cloth diapers could suffice for a year with cost of approx. 10,000 INR. It can be also used for second child or even can be re-sold when your baby grows out of them if they are still in good shape. Many parents are afraid to invest in several new brands of cloth diapers to find out what works best for their children, and buying used diapers is a low-cost option.

Why Cloth Diaper Reason 6 #Beautiful Designs

Traditional chemical diapers are all white with no design options or colors in it. Cloth diapers on the other hand come in multiple brands, multiple designs and variety of colors for both boys and girls. You just can’t resist to fall for such cute designs for your loved ones.

Why Cloth Diaper Reason 7 #Eco Friendly and Chemical Free

There are LOT of chemicals in traditional diapers (you think that magic gel stuff that absorbs 100 times weight in urine is natural?).

Cloth diapers are made of natural fibers.

Why Cloth diapers Reason 8 # Easy to use

Yes, cloth diapers are really easy! With modern advances in cloth diapering you can put on a cloth diaper just as fast as you can a disposable. The easiest cloth diapers to use are all-in-one diapers, but really once you get started they are all pretty easy to use.

Why Cloth Diaper Reason #9: Solid waste ends up where it’s supposed to be

When you cloth diaper, you dump all the solids in the toilet, which ends up either in a septic tank or processed as black water. Any remaining bits on the diaper end up in the wash, which is treated as grey water. These are the appropriate ways to dispose of human solid waste.

When you use disposables, even if you faithfully dump what solids you can into the toilet, there is still quite a bit that is left clinging to the diaper as it is tossed in the trash. When that diaper sits in the landfill it causes viruses and diseases.

Why Cloth diapers Reason 10 # Cute and addictive

Cloth diapers are cute! Have you seen all the adorable colors and prints that you can find in cloth diapers? Monkeys, elephants, giraffe prints, abstract prints, embroidered diapers and bright colors in every color of the rainbow! Cloth diapers are so cute that you won’t want to cover them with clothing. Cloth diapers are fun! With all the fun prints you’ll start coordinating outfits with your baby’s diapers. A cute t-shirt with a diaper is really all your baby needs for the day! Pair that with a pair of baby leg-warmers and you can go anywhere.

Cloth diapers may be addicting! Maybe we shouldn’t tell you this part, but cloth diapers are a little like shoes or handbags – you’ll want to get the newest prints and continue trying new styles. We won’t tell you how many diapers are in our child’s drawers. Thankfully you can resell them after your child is potty trained or save them for future children.



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