As a new mother you are flooded with too much advice on things to buy for your baby. Some people will advise you to follow the old school method that your grandma followed while some on the other hand will suggest that you follow the latest trends available in the market.
But trust me when I say this, put the highest quality filter to your ears while you listen to all the advice. Be selective about what suits you and what you feel will be best for your child.
So as a new mother I decided to be a cloth diapering mama. Ok hold on, when I say cloth diapers do you go back in olden days and imagine a thin nappy with two strings ( mostly made of soft, old fabrics)? No No No! We are living in 2018; cloth diapering is so much more and improvised than you think.
A mantra I follow is do your own research. I did mine and here are a few reasons for why I chose cloth diapers over the disposable ones.
More comfortable on baby’s delicate skin:
Since the fabric used to make cloth diapers is cotton or bamboo, it is gentle on a baby’s skin.
Also, the design of the diaper is such that, it is breathable, yet leak free. Unlike the olden days, they now have snaps to secure the diaper (no risk of safety pins which might hurt the baby, or shabby looking strings tied into knots).
Reduces chance of Diaper Rash:
It’s terrible to see that tender skin turning red due to a diaper rash. Too much moisture is one of major reasons behind it. Since a cloth diaper will be changed more frequently (because your baby will feel the wetness) it causes less chances of a diaper rash. Another very important reason behind less diaper rash is that, there are no chemical involved in a cloth diaper.
Helps in toilet training:
As a parent one of the happiest moments is when your child reaches a milestone of being toilet trained. Using cloth diapers may prompt your child to try potty training at an earlier age because they don’t have that same dry feeling as they do when they use disposables.
Easy on the pocket:
Compared to disposables, cloth diapers can save you a mint. I accept that it requires a bigger upfront investment but it’s a one time investment. The same diaper can be reused every second day from the first month onwards till your child is almost two years or until toilet trained. If you calculate, no disposable diaper (of a decent quality) will cost you less than 8 rupees per piece. If considered in bulk for two years or more, it is way more than this one time investment.
Unlike disposables, cloth diapers live on for far longer than just one use. Initially, when I started toilet training, I used just the diaper cover without any insert to prevent any leakage ( as accidents in the beginning of toilet training are more frequent). Sometimes I also used just the insert in the underwear to make a diy training pant. Also, one of the most obvious idea is that I can easily them for my next baby.
The cloth diaper covers are available in different colours, patterns, prints. It really looks adorable and cute instead of a boring looking plastic wrapped around that cute little butt.
Also the adjustable snaps give it a perfect fit despite the change in the size of baby’s waist.
Disposable diapers add tons of waste to landfill and plastic landfill will take more than 100 years to decompose.
These are reasons that helped me make my decision, I hope this helps you make yours too. Motherhood is tough but only a mother is blessed with a power to choose the best for her baby.
Listen to that inner voice and choose what you feel is best for your baby and yourself.