Cloth Diaper Basics
Just as it seemed very natural for me to have a homebirth it also seemed natural for me to use cloth diapers. One of the biggest myths about cloth diapers is that they are too hard to deal with however cloth diapers today are just as easy as disposable diapers.  Cloth diapers can fit into any lifestyle and budget.  There are many options for cloth diapers and now even a flushable option. 

You can buy pre-fold cloth diapers which you will fold to fit into cloth diaper cover.  You can also try a contour diaper which is shaped like an hour-glass and you lay it into a cloth diaper cover.  Or try an All-in-one diaper which is a fitted diaper and a waterproof cover together.  Or maybe you like the pocket diaper, which is a cover with a built-in pocket that you can stuff with a pre-fold diaper, or a contour diaper or a specifically designed pocket liner.  The pocket diaper and all-in-one diaper essentially work the same way.

You can either wash the diapers yourself or use a diaper service.  The diaper service is a very simple route to take.  You simply put out the dirty diapers once a week and a wonderful diaper delivery man will leave you clean diapers.  I love this because there is no rinsing or washing for me!  By using a diaper service you are supporting small businesses in America.  Unfortunately, many diaper services have gone out of business because of lack of demand.  But don’t let that stop you, search for one in your area and know that you are supporting a good cause – a family run business. 

If you have not yet tried using cloth diapers jump on board and know in your heart that you are helping save the planet!

FACTS NOT FAIRY TALES

  • It takes 20 trees to diaper one baby through a diapering period. 6,000-10,000 disposable diapers
  • 1 ton of solid waste is created by 1 baby wearing disposable diapers
  • 18 billion disposable diapers were used in the US in 1996, enough to stretch back and forth to the moon 7 times!
  • These 18 billion disposable diapers generate 3.6 million tons of untreated human waste in our landfills.
  • The lifecycle of a disposable diaper is 15 minutes to 1 hour on the child, but will molder in the landfills for over 500 years.
  • One cloth diaper can by used over 200 times. One disposable is used once and it takes 40 years to grow the trees used to produce it.
  • Using cloth diapers, there will be NO untreated human waste in the landfills.
  • We don’t wear paper and plastic underwear so why would you put your baby in paper and plastic underwear?

DISPOSABLE DIAPERS THROWN AWAY TODAY WILL STILL BE AROUND IN THE YEAR 2500!

Flushable Diaper Basics
So you are asking, “what is a flushable diaper?”  This is a new alternative diaper on the market produced by gDiapers.  It consists of three parts: a reusable cloth cover with a snap-in plastic liner and a flushable insert.  Once your little one has soiled the diaper all you have to do is remove the flushable insert, tear it open at the sides, dump it into the toilet, give it a good swish (with the swish stick provided), and flush it away.

Like any product there are positive and negative aspects. Let’s start with the good.  Using gDiapers means that waste is kept where it belongs, in the sewer system.  Even if you can’t flush the insert for some reason you can use the wet diapers in your compost pile or they will biodegrade with-in 22 weeks in a landfill setting.  This is because they are fully biodegradable and made without plastic.  A huge bonus to Mother Earth.  The cloth covers are soft and comfortable for your baby.  They come in 3 sizes and have Velcro closures to adjust to babies of all sizes.  The cloth covers come in array of lovely colors.  gDiapers are very versatile, the cloth covers can also be used with a pre-fold cloth diaper instead of the gDiaper insert.  Your baby can feel when he is wet so it makes potty training much easier.  gDiapers are easy to use while traveling.  Famous little bums are covered by gDiapers, Julia Roberts uses gDiapers for her son Henry.  The founders of the company are very earth conscious and they listen to their customers.  They fully support parents in providing a healthy alternative to diapering your baby.  Best of all, gDiapers are good for your baby and the planet. 

There are some “not so good” aspects to the gDiapers, however there are so many more advantages it is well worth giving them a shot.  All plumbing systems are different and some toilets do not like the gDiapers.  The trick to successfully flushing the insert is to give it a good swish and make sure the diaper is broken-down as much as possible before flushing.  Experiment with your toilet sometimes two flushes will help all of the diaper disappear.  Depending on the size of your newborn you might encounter some night leaks.  This seems to be more true with small babies who don’t have the rolls to fill up the leg holes.  However, there are many fitting suggestions and with a little practice and persistence you can overcome the leaks.   

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cloth & flushable diapers.  Try the many options; find one that is best for you, your baby, your budget and your lifestyle.

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