I decided to use cloth diaper to show love your baby and mother earth. But no idea about how to use one.
How did I start with cloth diapers? I attended a cloth diapering seminar with baby wearing seminar.
I learn these advantages, why use cloth diapers (CD) instead of disposable diaper (DD):
1) HEALTH and HYGIENE
CD is do not use chemicals for absorbing wetness and DD has many chemicals to keep baby dry that may cause skin irritation and UTI to our babies. CDs used a stay-dry fabric like micro fleece and keep wetness away from baby’s bum. Its the inserts that absorb the liquid. The cover showing the design of CDs is uses poly urethane laminate (PLU) keeps the wetness in and prevents leaks. Click here if you want to know what chemicals in DDs.
Cloth diaper is a very good decision but needs an investment in the beginning. CD are economical since you re-use and re-use. As you don’t have to include in your grocery expenses additional DD cost. With DD, one use and throw away and to me its like throwing away my money. I did a simple computation, 24 pcs. CD at 250 each is Php6,000. With DDs cost Php500 per week, so in 12 weeks or 4 months, that is a total of Php6,000. So my CD has return of investment in 4 months. Though, if I will add cost in water and soap, to be its negligible as CD needs only small amount of soap and our monthly water consumption is based on the increment of 10 cubic meter.
3) ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE
it takes 500 years to recompose DD and if it is burned, it is a health hazard. 50% of our landfill is DD. Also, it is not nice to see trash of soiled DD laying around the neighborhood when the dogs scavenge them. CDs can be re-used and re-used as long
6) FIRST USE – PREP
Before using your cloth diaper, you need to prepare it or prep it. CD needs to be watch 6-8 times before it reach its effective absorbency. What I did was to wash it 2 times then let baby soil it once then wash again. CD can act like DD with absorbency of 2-3 hours. Thus, I change every 2-3 hours like DD.
5) WASHING – USE HALF OF MILD SOAP
6) KULA OR SUN BLEACH FOR STUBBORN STAINS.
7) HOT WATER FOR MECONIUM
8) STRIP THE RESIDUE BUILD UP
Stripping is when you need to remove the residue build-up of laundry detergent. it is very simple to strip your CD. baking soda and vinegar, dishwashing liquid,
9) GOING OUT WET BAGS AND ACCESSORIES
WIPES, WET BAGS to keep the liquid and smell inside the wet bags.
10) TRAVELING – Bring all the CDs, wipes, wet bags. And wash the CD if you can.