My mother used cloth diapers with all of us kids; just the prefold, pins and a plastic pull on cover. I remember helping put them on my youngest sister and being scared that I might poke her, or myself, with the pin. Great for the environment, not such a good design, (although it has been used for many, many years). I know that many mothers opted for the disposable diaper for convenience when they became available, but when I became pregnant I checked out cloth diapers again and was pleased to see that since my mom used them they are new and improved! They are now shaped more to the child which means less leaks and having to change not only the diaper, but the whole outfit. There are multiple styles, colors and materials used, which makes them fun to show off instead of hiding under clothes. 🙂 The main reason I wanted to use cloth was because I didn’t want to have to throw the disposables away and add to the landfill problem.
Cloth also tends to be easier on those soft little buns and causes less diaper rash; did you know that the rate of diaper rashes has increased from 7% to 78% since 1955, and it’s comparable to the increased rate of disposable diaper use? The culprit? The chemicals, sodium polyacrylate and dioxin that are in the diapers. These have also been linked to possible health problems for the infants wearing them and the workers in the factories that manufacture disposable diapers. One more reason why I try to steer clear of disposables, although I do use them once in awhile. Another plus for the cloth side is the cost. At first you will spend more on the cloth diapers, but once you have a stash built up you can, over time and kids, save hundreds to a thousand dollars or more. That’s a nice deal 🙂
There is one more fact that I wanted to share with you. I have heard from different sources, including Joel Salatin and my grandma, of the cleaning/healing benefits of sunshine. And from being out of doors often I didn’t have a reason that this wouldn’t be true. However, when it came time to cleaning soiled cloth diapers, I didn’t realize how noticeable the reaction to sunshine would be. Here are two pictures to illustrate this fact. The first is after washing but before drying a diaper insert. The second is after being hung in the sun to dry.
Do you have an opinion, one way or the other…?