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					Cloth Diapers – A Thing Of The Past?

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Summary:
New parents have heard the argument time and again from their own parents
or grandparents. “You young people don’t know how good you have it with
those disposable diapers for your babies! When you were a baby I had to
use cloth diapers on you and they smelled terribly, I had tons of laundry
to do, I stuck myself with pins, and I walked uphill in the snow both
ways to get to the diaper service…” and so on. The fact is that, less
than thirty years ago, disposable diapers were c...


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baby,babies clothing,cloth diapers


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New parents have heard the argument time and again from their own parents
or grandparents. “You young people don’t know how good you have it with
those disposable diapers for your babies! When you were a baby I had to
use cloth diapers on you and they smelled terribly, I had tons of laundry
to do, I stuck myself with pins, and I walked uphill in the snow both
ways to get to the diaper service…” and so on. The fact is that, less
than thirty years ago, disposable diapers were considered something of a
luxury while today they are the norm and people using cloth diapers for
their babies are considered to be strange. There are several reasons that
modern parents may choose to utilize cloth diapers instead of
disposables, however, and in some circles cloth diapers are making a bit
of a comeback.

Affordability

The biggest personal reason that a parent may choose to clothe her baby’s
bottom in cloth diapers as opposed to Pampers or Huggies is financial.
Cloth diapers are simply cheaper than disposables, even if the parents
are paying a diaper service to haul away the soiled nappies and bring
fresh ones each week. In most cases the makers of disposables would win
over a number of holdout customers if they could figure out a way to make
their products cheaper.

Environmental Concerns

Disposable diapers are made primarily of plastic surrounding a pad of
absorbent cotton. It is well known that plastic doesn’t biodegrade very
well at all, which means that our landfills are stacked with diapers that
are going to be with us for centuries to come. While many people believe
that the convenience offered by disposable diapers outweighs this fact,
environmentalists believe that by using cloth diapers they are just doing
one more thing to “do their part” to protect and preserve the Earth for
future generations.
Modern Developments

Those argumentative parents and grandparents may still have a thing or
two to say to the modern parents who do choose to use cloth diapers
because the cloth diapers of today are very different from the ones that
they were using on their kids and grandkids way back when. Gone are the
days of complicated folding methods and misplaced safety pins. Today’s
cloth diapers are pre cut and shaped to cover baby’s nether regions
quickly and easily. They also come with Velcro fasteners or snaps for
ease in fastening. Best of all, many now have available a flushable,
biodegradable paper lining that will catch solid waste, allowing it to be
easily disposed of in the toilet so soiled and smelly diapers don’t sit
around and there is no messy job of rinsing the solids away.

Cloth diapers are, in many ways, a thing of the past, but they are by no
means gone forever. For the parent with financial or environmental
concerns they are still a very viable option for clothing the bottoms of
their babies.

				
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