I was doing some research this morning for a writing project and discovered that cloth diapers have been revolutionized and have made a comeback but they have no similarity to the diapers my mom use to use.
I remember as a young mother I wanted to raise my babies just like my mom did. So I committed to using cloth diapers for a period of time. I actually felt pressured by my mother who balked at disposable diapers. This was in the latter part of the 1970’s when disposables were designed to improve the life of new mothers. I made the investment in diaper pins, square cotton cloths, and plastic cover pants and no matter what I had leaky babies all the time. It wasn’t long before I caved to the convenience of disposable diapers when grandma wasn’t looking.
But here’s the skinny on today’s cloth diaper. I was pretty impressed with the revolutionary new design that has given its disposable counterpart a run for the money. Disposable diapers are swelling our landfills with 5 billion tons of untreated waste every year. Environmentally minded parents can choose between an all in one or a two in one diaper system that provides comfort to their child, easy laundering for themselves and stylish designs for the fashion conscious.
All in one (AIO) diapers come with sticky or snap closures and provide absorbency options depending on the brand you choose. All in one refers to a diaper system that includes the soaker already sewn into the diaper with an outer layer that encloses the moisture and keeps baby and everything attached to him or her dry. This style does not require a cover. Some brands come with a pocket so you can insert an additional soaker for those tiny pee-ers who really have to go.
Theoretically, the all in two (AI2) diaper offers the ability to get two uses out of one diaper. An all in two offers a lay in or snap in soaker that is removable and replaceable between diapering.
There are endless brands to choose from and researching the best will seem nearly impossible for new parents. There are plenty of mommy-bloggers and cloth diaper forums which offer advice while listing the pitfalls and rewards of using cloth diapers to reference during the research period.
Among the many advantages are the benefits to the environment as disposable diapers add a conservative figure of 5 million tons of untreated waste to our landfills each year. Cloth diapers are more budget friendly as they can cut the cost of diapering one child nearly 50% each month. But for most parents, the baby’s skin reaction to disposables as opposed to cloth may be the deciding factor.