Why Cloth Diapers?
When we welcome our baby into this world, there's a promise that every parent makes to the newborn- to provide the very best to the child. We, as parents, want the safest products to touch our babies' delicate skin. Our grandparents never knew of disposable diapers. In many households, nappies were made of the softest cottons. These nappies were untouched by chemicals and were hand-washed.
But over the years, with time scarcity ruling our lives, disposable diapers became indispensable. Easily available at the local stores, disposed of when done. Not many took into account the many chemicals that are used to fill those gel-filled diapers.
So, Why Cloth Diapers?
With growing awareness of the 'ill-effects of chemicals' on the baby's skin, environmental consciousness, the cost involved etc., we are returning to our roots. The main reason for opting for disposable diapers is the absorbency factor and cloth diaper are super absorbent. A baby is at its healthiest when its is clean and dry right?
Cloth Diapers Versus Disposable Diapers
One of the misconceptions associated with cloth diapers is that they are difficult to maintain. Gone are the days when plain cotton nappies had to be secured with nappy pins. The new age cloth diaper fabrics are super absorbent and are as easy to wash as your regular laundry.
With babies who are not potty-trained, they have their diaper on all day long. Most disposable diapers have a substance called 'dioxin', which is classified as a probable human carcinogen. Imagine the amount of chemical exposure their delicate skin has to endure, sometimes resulting in nasty allergies.
An average child uses 2-3 thousand diapers till he/she is fully toilet-trained. That's a staggering amount of plastic, chemicals, pulp, gases that end up in our landfills. These diapers can take up to 500 years to fully decompose. Are we willing to put our planet at such risk? Certainly not.
The reusability of cloth diapers brings down the cost significantly. The average cost of a branded diaper in India is anywhere between Rs 8-10 per piece. That amount becomes huge when a year's supply is considered. On the other hand, for cloth diapers, it is a one-time investment. The cost is mainly the laundry cost.