Cloth Diapers .... Are they Better??

By Jane Bear

Just as proper nutrition is important for your baby's welfare, so is hygiene and cleanliness. Babies have little or no control over their bodily functions, so they expel a lot of waste, and keeping them clean can be a daunting task.

It is a fact 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 a cloth diaper instead of a disposable diaper; however, and in some circles cloth diapers are making a bit of a comeback. The main reason that one may choose to start using a cloth diaper instead of disposables is the cost.

Cloth diapers are much cheaper than disposable diapers; you buy them once and re-use countless times since they are washable. Using a cloth diaper is healthier for your child. Babies that use cloth tend to have fewer incidents of diaper rashes.

Cotton diapers are made of natural materials, so are less likely to cause skin problems, such as rashes and allergic reactions. Cotton diapers place less stress on landfills. If thrown into a landfill, cotton diapers decompose within six months. However, with the type of materials used and the amount of processing disposable diapers go through, they remain in landfills for around 500 years.

Today's cotton diapers are much different from those that were used several decades ago. Modern cotton diapers are pre-cut and shaped to cover the baby's backside easily and quickly. They also now have Velcro fasteners or snaps in order to make it easier to secure. Another added feature is that many cotton diapers now come with a flushable, biodegradable paper lining to hold in solid waste so you can easily flush it down the toilet. Now, there are no more stinky diapers sitting around waiting for trash pickup day. The cloth diaper-wearing children tend to be toilet trained earlier because the cloth retains moisture, allowing the child to feel when he or she is wet or dirty, and associate the feeling with elimination. Only a very small percentage of parents are currently using a cloth diaper but they are still out there and available.

Any parent concerned with the cost or environmental impact of disposable diapers should seriously consider going with cloth diapers.

About the author: Jane Bear is the best writer since Shakespeare.