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Cloth diapers – 5 Reasons why they are a better choice than disposables

Overview

Talk to any new parent, and they will tell you that the biggest added expense they would be facing is of “disposable diapers”. Being an essential requirement to ensure baby’s hygiene, these diapers are either very costly or very uncomfortable.

Fortunately for the parents, who would like to save some of their hard-earned money without compromising on the health and hygiene of the baby, cloth diapers are an excellent choice.

To know more about the amazing benefits of these, keep reading this article –

1. Cloth Diapers are Money Saving

Every newborn goes with its business 8-10 times a day, which means you will have to use as many disposable diapers every day. Considering the high cost of these convenient diapers, you will have to spend a lot of money till the time your baby gets potty trained.

However, cloth diapers are reusable and hence, extremely cost-effective. You just have to keep about 20 cloth diapers to ensure your baby’s hygiene.

2. Cloth Diapers are Environment Friendly

Disposable diapers create a lot of mess at the landfills. These diapers take up to 500 years to decompose, and during this time, the plastic, chemicals and human poop together can potentially contaminate our water supply and even spread diseases.

As per an estimate, a family has to buy about 7300 disposable diapers for one child as compared to 24-36 cloth diapers. (1)

3. Don’t contain Harmful Chemicals

Babies wear diapers up until the age of 2-3 years. These diapers might be considered safe for the babies’ skin, but they do contain some hazardous chemicals, like Tributyltin (TBT), superabsorbent polymers, fragrances, chlorine and dioxins, phthalates, dyes, and/or volatile organic compounds. (2) 

Some of these chemicals are carcinogens, respiratory irritants and endocrine disruptors. They can potentially cause a long-range of medical issues and health complications, including the most common diaper rash.

4. More Absorbent

As per the experts, cloth diapers absorb more liquid than disposable ones. This means that you do not have to wake up in the middle of the night to change it, to ensure your baby doesn’t catch a cold or any rashes.

Moreover, these also reduce the chances of a blowout which is pretty common with disposable ones.

5. Cloth Diapers don’t raise skin temperature around baby boy’s genitals

As per a research, disposable diapers raise the skin temperature around the baby boy’s genitals. Claiming that more research is required to prove it, the research suggested that continuous use of disposable diapers may lead to a decline in sperm production in adult males.

Takeaway

Meanwhile, you may think that cloth diapers are not as convenient to use as disposable ones, and take up a lot of time. Well, this is totally not true. These, just like disposables, have come a long way, and are now very easy to wear and clean.

References –
(1) – Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers

(2) – Chemicals in Disposable Diapers

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