If you have just had your baby it is an exciting venture to get out there and start buying all of the things the baby needs to be comfortable. You may be apprehensive at first but it is a new venture and a new step down life’s path. When choosing the right cloth diaper you may be confused because of the large variety but it all depends on your personal style and preference.
For a diaper that is environmentally safe, the suggestion is hemp diapers. These diapers have no nylon so when they end up in the junk pile they will break down quickly and never end up ruining the environment. Plastic disposable diapers sit in the dump for years before they break down and if you are concerned about the environment your new baby will be living in the Hemp diapers should be at the top of your list.
Picture above is from the Bubba J Modern Cloth Nappies website
If you are more of a fashion conscious mom there are many places that offer custom diapers. You can personalize your diapers to fit your new baby’s personality. These stores can be found in the yellow pages or you can go right on line to find the right custom design for your new baby and his/her bottom.
For a ready-to-wear, no fuss type of diaper you should look into getting yourself some of the pocket diapers or all-in one diapers, they are convenient and simple to use saving you time in the long run.
Pre-fold diapers are basic with nothing special to add but if you are a handy needlepoint person this is the diaper for you. You can purchase these diapers before the baby comes and do your embroidery on each diaper making it a one of a kind hand crafted gift from mom. These are great to buy and work on when you have to take a time out and put your feet up during pregnancy. These are a great way to practice your craft and to add a little style to your baby diapers.
If you still have problems choosing the right cloth diapers you should just try a few out and see how they work for you. There are diaper services that can be taken advantage of to keep you out of the laundry room and spending more time with your new family member. Remember there is no right or wrong choice; there is only the right choice for you. You do not have to stick with the brand you chose if it is not working out, you can mix and match until you find the right diaper because after all, the baby will be in diapers for at least a year so you still have time to decide.
By 2 years of age every baby would have used 5400 disposable one use diapers/nappies £800/US$1260.00
Reusable cloth diapers/nappies would cost approximately £160/US$250
Disposable diapers/nappies consume 1,265,000 metric tons of wood pulp and 75,000 metric tons of plastic each year
The USA alone takes 18 billion disposable diapers/nappies a year to landfill or incinerators 95% of them complete with feces and urine.
A one-use diaper/nappy will take 500 years to decompose in landfill
Disposables increase risk of diaper/nappy rash due to the presence of chemicals and the air tight nature of the diaper/nappy
About the author: Veronica Davis is a freelance writer working with businesses online. Her expertise includes green-related topics and saving money. If cloth diapers interest you, she recommends using Walmart Coupons to get them from an already-cheap store at an even better deal.
Top picture is from Everything Babything
Other Guest writers
Veronica Davis : Veronica’s first article is above. And her second article is here
Amanda T : Amanda’s article is here.
Roko Nastic : Roko’s article is here.
Hannah Hulme : Hannah’s article is here.
Haylee Hume : Haylee’s article is here