Gone are those days when cloth diapers were just soft muslin cloth folded into triangles and wrapped around the baby like a loin cloth. Cloth diapers or waterproof nappies have moved to brands and come in fancy and colorful prints. What’s more, you ask us? These cloth nappies promise the best of both worlds - leakproof and highly absorbent, just like disposable diapers, and eco-friendly and chemical-free, like traditional cloth diapers. These cloth nappies carry the old school benefits while giving a modern age comfort. So if you are looking for waterproof nappies for your baby but want to make an informed choice, this article is for you!
This article will take you through the benefits of cloth diapers and a beginners' guide on how to use cloth diapers (1). So let's get started!
Are Cloth Diapers Better Than Disposable Modern Cloth Nappies?
Choosing between cloth and disposable diapers depends on your finances and lifestyle choices. Diapers play a massive role in a baby’s life, at least for the first few years until they are potty-trained. On average, a newborn baby needs at least 6-12 diapers daily, especially in the early weeks after birth. (2) You must stock up on disposable diapers well in advance, which can go heavy on your pocket. However, waterproof nappies or cloth diapers are budget-friendly and reusable. In addition, cloth diapers are eco-friendly, unlike disposable diapers and are also free from chemicals, hence completely safe for your baby’s delicate bums!
Types of Cloth Diapers
If you are going for waterproof nappies or cloth diapers, you need to be aware of the various types of cloth diapers available out there -
These are the most basic type of cloth nappies which are large square pieces of fabric, available in varieties such as hemp, bamboo, and terrycloth. To use flats, you need to fold them and then tuck them in or hold the folds together with pins or clasps. First, however, you need a waterproof diaper on top of it to contain the wetness.
These closely resemble the cloth diapers of the past. Characterised by a thick centre of extra fabric layers, all stitched together to fold, prefolds are among the least expensive reusable cloth diapers.
Fitteds, also known as fitted cloth diapers, are contoured in shape and highly absorbent. These are most commonly used for overnight use and heavy wetters. Fitteds do not require any foldings, and there is elastic around the legs, along with snaps or loop closures.
As the name suggests, hybrid gives you the best of both worlds. First, it combines disposable with reusable, as hybrid cloth diapers come with a waterproof outer layer and two inner layers for absorbency. In addition, the cloth inserts are available in cotton, hemp and microfiber fabrics, while the disposable inserts are single-use but free from chemicals.
These come with an absorbent pad attached to a waterproof cover making diaper changes as easy as disposable diapers. All-in-one cloth diapers come with adjustable closures which fasten at the hip with velcro, snaps, hooks or loops. These diapers come in many different patterns and colours.
Like hybrids cloth diapers, this is a two-part system with a waterproof outer shell and a detachable inner absorbent that snaps or tucks in place. All-in-two cloth diapers are available in different colours and fabrics.
Benefits of Cloth Diapers
Here are some of the benefits of using waterproof nappies or cloth diapers for your babies -
- Budget-Friendly -
As mentioned earlier, cloth diapers are washable and reusable. Hence unlike disposable diapers, you do not need to hoard dozens of diapers simultaneously. Instead, you can buy a few cloth diapers and reuse them multiple times. Thus, it does not pinch your pocket.
- Reduces your carbon footprint -
Disposable diapers require 20 times more raw materials than reusable ones. And the use of more natural materials drives up gas prices, and a lot of gas is used to transport billions of disposable diapers. Moreover, after these disposable diapers are discarded after 1 use, more gas is used by garbage companies to haul them to landfills. In short, switching to cloth diapers can reduce the carbon footprint and make a massive environmental difference.
- Less harmful chemicals -
Disposable diapers are made of materials and chemicals linked to adverse health outcomes in babies, such as endocrine disruption, obesity, and cancer. On the other hand, cloth diapers are free from chemicals or harmful toxins, making them entirely safe for babies.
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- Easier to potty train -
Using cloth diapers may cause your child to be ready for potty training at an earlier age. This is because they do not experience the same dry feeling as they do when they use disposables.
- Reduces diaper rash -
Babies end up with diaper rash for several reasons, which include reactions to chemicals in disposable diapers. However, cloth diapers help to reduce diaper rashes because, firstly, they are changed frequently. Secondly, there are no harmful chemicals, and lastly, the natural fibre in cloth diapers is softer and gentle on the baby’s sensitive skin.
- More Comfortable -
Cloth diapers are breathable, stretchy, and hence more comfortable for babies, unlike disposable diapers. Moreover, they come with adjustable snaps allowing the diapers to fit the baby depending on their body type.
We hope that our article has been insightful. Buying the best diapers for your baby is essential to ensure they do not get any allergies or rashes. And waterproof nappies or cloth diapers are an ideal choice for your babies, as they are pocket-friendly and free of harmful toxins!