New parents have heard the argument time and again from their own parents
or grandparents. “You young people don’t know how good you have it with
those disposable diapers for your babies! When you were a baby I had
to use cloth diapers on you and they smelled terribly, I had tons of
laundry to do, I stuck myself with pins, and I walked uphill in the
snow both ways to get to the diaper service…” and so on. The fact is
that, less than thirty years ago, disposable diapers were considered
something of a luxury while today they are the norm and people using
cloth diapers for their babies are considered to be strange. There are
several reasons that modern parents may choose to utilize cloth diapers
instead of disposables, however, and in some circles cloth diapers are
making a bit of a comeback.
The biggest personal reason that a parent may choose to clothe her baby’s
bottom in cloth diapers as opposed to Pampers or Huggies is financial.
Cloth diapers are simply cheaper than disposables, even if the parents
are paying a diaper service to haul away the soiled nappies and bring
fresh ones each week. In most cases the makers of disposables would
win over a number of holdout customers if they could figure out a way
to make their products cheaper.
Disposable diapers are made primarily of plastic surrounding a pad of
absorbent cotton. It is well known that plastic doesn’t biodegrade very
well at all, which means that our landfills are stacked with diapers
that are going to be with us for centuries to come. While many people
believe that the convenience offered by disposable diapers outweighs
this fact, environmentalists believe that by using cloth diapers they
are just doing one more thing to “do their part” to protect and preserve
the Earth for future generations.
Those argumentative parents and grandparents may still have a thing
or two to say to the modern parents who do choose to use cloth diapers
because the cloth diapers of today are very different from the ones
that they were using on their kids and grandkids way back when. Gone
are the days of complicated folding methods and misplaced safety pins.
Today’s cloth diapers are pre cut and shaped to cover baby’s nether
regions quickly and easily. They also come with Velcro fasteners or
snaps for ease in fastening. Best of all, many now have available a
flushable, biodegradable paper lining that will catch solid waste, allowing
it to be easily disposed of in the toilet so soiled and smelly diapers
don’t sit around and there is no messy job of rinsing the solids away.
Cloth diapers are, in many ways, a thing of the past, but they are by
no means gone forever. For the parent with financial or environmental
concerns they are still a very viable option for clothing the bottoms
of their babies.
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