Has a friend mentioned they incorporated cloth diapers into their daily life and you gagged and neglected to consider the option? We understand. Many Salt Lake residents misconstrue cloth diapers as an unsavory alternative to disposable ones.
Despite public opinion, we are advocates for cloth diapers! They are an excellent choice for a natural parenting approach. So don’t be intimidated. We can guide you through the process and the options so you can make the best choice for you and your baby.
Buying cloth diapers over disposable ones will prevent up to one ton of landfill waste. That number is astounding! Disposable diapers take a while to decompose, too. They can remain in said landfills for up to 500 years.
We know for some of you this is reason enough to opt for the reusable choice, but the added benefits will likely put others over the top, too.
Simply put, cloth diapers are chemical free! Unlike disposable diapers, they don’t contain chlorine, perfumes, or polyacrylate (a chemical used for absorbency). These chemicals strip away beneficial bacterial and cause changes in the pH balance of your baby, leading to skin irritation and dryness.
Cloth diapers are also more breathable. With the added airflow from the cotton fabric, your baby will suffer from fewer rashes and skin irritation.
Easier Potty Training
Did you know children who wear cloth diapers potty train faster? Your now toddler will feel the wet sensation and become more aware of the fact that they have gone potty. This awareness is the driving force behind potty training!
While they may cost more up front, over time you’ll recoup the investment. Plus, not having to make a beeline for the store when you realize your partner failed to mention using the last diaper is more than a welcome bonus.
Cloth Diapers Service VS. Owning
Diaper services save you time and effort from washing dirty diapers. Most services will provide clean diapers and replace them when they pick up the dirty ones.
If this a service isn’t an option for you, choose to buy yours outright instead. We suggest starting with a minimum of 12 diapers and working up to 24, so you only have to wash every other day. Most companies offer single-size cloth diapers, so you will buy them once and have them for life! If you choose to have another child, you can reuse your investment for them, too.
Trust us, while the upfront cost may be more expensive, the time saved, your baby’s health, and the environmental benefits will be worth it! Call the experts at Wasatch Midwifery today to discuss your plans for your baby’s prenatal and postnatal care.