Cloth diapers have come a long way from what they once were.
Here are 5 good reasons to ditch the disposable as much as you can.
Chemicals and harsh ingredients
Do you know what’s in a typical disposable diaper? The materials and ingredients, along with the processes they go through to come to their final form, leave you with harsh chemicals sitting against your baby’s most delicate parts. By using cloth diapers made of natural materials, washed in a gentle, eco-friendly detergent, you can help to limit yet one more source of skin conditions, hormone disruptions, and the rest of the potentials those chemicals offer.
The cost of diapers adds up quickly when you’re changing somewhere around 10 diapers a day at the newborn stage, and will likely continue to use diapers for years to come, until your little one is fully toilet trained. Depending on how many diapers you’re using, how often you’re changing, and the brand you choose, you could pay up to $2,500 to diaper your child for 2.5 years. The cost of using quality made and functionally designed reusable cloth diapers is much less (and after you get the hang of them, you may find them easier to use).
According to Environment Canada, over 4 million disposable diapers are used in Canada every day. That’s a lot of diapers bound for the landfill, and considering it takes about 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose, things are piling up fast.
Increases Baby’s Body Awareness
Disposable diapers are made to suck up wetness so quickly that infants and toddlers won’t be able to feel the sensation of being wet as easily as they would in a cloth diaper. While this may make baby more comfortable, the uncomfortable feeling of having a wet or soiled diaper can help make potty training easier. Feeling the wetness will help baby realize the connection between how they feel when they need to relieve themselves. Learning these body cues, and not wanting to feel discomfort can help encourage potty training naturally.
Functional & Adorable
As mentioned before, today’s cloth diapers are nothing like your grandma’s stained fabric pieces held together with pins. In place of pins, you get velcro or snaps, and in place of awkward stains you can choose the cutest patterns and happiest colours. And when summer comes and the clothes fall away, these stylish and eco-friendly diapers will look like a fashion statement under a sundress or paired with a sippy cup.
Looking For A Deal On Quality Cloth Diapers?
The Ninety Ninth Monkey has been invited back to the 2017 Healthy Moms Toronto Marketplace! This will be the second annual gathering of likeminded parents who want to find healthy and natural options for their family’s needs.
The family-friendly event will include outdoor activities such as kids’ yoga, an adventure playground, delicious and healthy food, and shopping. There will even be free on-site childcare so you can browse without your attention split between the little ones.
Come by and see us if you’re at the Healthy Moms Toronto Marketplace.
If you’d like to preorder items from our store for pickup at the Marketplace, you can use the code “marketplace” to get 13% off your order (tax free). Make sure to mark shipping as pick up!
You may also be able to find reusable cloth diapers on sale in the Clearance section of our online shop.