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Making the decision to use cloth can be a daunting choice. Despite all the known benefits of cloth diapering your baby many parents are left with loads of questions and finding clear answers can be hard sometimes.
Financial reasons are at the top of most lists when considering cloth diapers. You can literally save thousands of dollars. Think about this; you can be fully stocked with all the diapers you will ever need for your baby for about $200. Can you imagine buying 10 packs of disposable diapers (the dollar equivalent at $20 per pack) and never having to buy anymore? Think about it. That's big savings. And $200, is what, like 3, maybe 4 months of disposable diapers. You MIGHT have your child potty trained at 2 and a half. That's a long way to go and a huge financial strain on most families. You'll already be ahead of the game if you use the diapers for more than one child.
Health benefits are another reason many parents make the decision to go cloth. The gels they put in disposable diapers are extremely toxic, and for a lot of babies, result in red and raw diaper rashes. How would YOUR bottom feel against paper and gel underwear? ...Exactly.
Cloth diapers are adorable, and there is a reason photographers everywhere are buying cloth diapers, and cloth diaper covers to hide disposables in infant portraits. Newly designed cloth diapers certainly aren't your mother's memory of cloth diapers. No pins, rubber pants, or messy leaks. Available in every shade of the rainbow and then some, you can literally match your kid's diaper with their outfit. Like prints? You can get hundreds of prints and even velvety soft minky diapers for your little one too.
They're rewarding like you wouldn't believe too. Like setting the table for a big, beautiful meal, or completely overhauling your living room after a spring cleaning session, there is something unbelievably satisfying about folding a fresh stack of colourful cloth diapers for your little one.
They're green obviously. So not only do you cut down on that smelly trash that has to stick around 'til garbage day, you are doing good deeds for the landfills and putting less strain on your local and municipal resources. Drying them on the line in the summer not only keeps they looking and smelling fresh and clean, it also does even more "green" good.
Understandably, cloth diapers are somewhat of an investment for most families. And though we can all see the savings, it can be hard to fork over a couple hundred dollars all at once to get set up.
So, we've started a new program. It's a payment plan for cloth diapers.
When you decide what you would like to layaway, make your purchase using the coupon code: Layaway. 75% will be deducted from your order. Make payments when you can using the same code. After you're all payed up, your order will ship out.
The not so fine print: If you do not pay off your order within 3 months frame, you will be refunded minus a $10 administration fee.
If something comes up, because we know, life happens and you are going to late on a payment, please contact us, we can certainly accept a payment arrangement for just cause.
Any questions? Contact us!
One of the most frequent obstacles for parents considering cloth diapers is deciding which TYPE of diapers to invest in.
Below I'll go over the 3 different types of diapers that are the most popular in the cloth diapering community.
AIOs (All In Ones)
All in one diapers are much like the name says, everything you need all in one. A waterproof outer layer is made from PUL (a type of laminated fabric) that keeps wetness inside the diaper. Sewn to that is usually layers of fabric. Inside is the absorbent section that is built in or attached to the diaper. The final layer (the one against your baby) is usually varying from micro fleece (left) to a natural fabric like bamboo or hemp (see right photo). Microfleece works by pulling wetness though, wicking it away from your baby keeping their skin dry to the touch and usually rash free.
Some AIOs also come with a snap-in booster to help "boost" the absorbency of the diaper if needed.
When the diaper becomes soiled shake it off into the toilet and wash in the washing machine following the the instructions provided by the manufacturer). AIOs can sometimes take a bit longer to dry than the other alternatives but make up for it with the lack of prep work needed once the diapers are cleaned and dried.
A pocket diaper is much like the all in one excluding the fact that you must stuff in the absorbent layers as opposed to having it built in for you. This can be a little more time consuming but really allows you to stuff the diapers to suit the needs of your little one. For example our daughter's night time diapers are about double the size as her daytimes.
During the day her diapers consist of one microfiber insert and 1 hemp insert. The Easy Peasies Hemp/cotton blend is very trim, is not affected by compression leakage, and naturally antimicrobial. The microfiber is a 3-ply synthetic fabric and holds an astonishing amount of liquid. The combo gives us a not-so-bulky daytime dipe. The night time diapers consist of 2 microfibers and 1 hemp, or 3 microfibers.
Most inserts come out of the pocket in the wash so you don't need to reach into a dirty diaper and pull them out. Shake off the diaper into the toilet if needed and throw it in the washing machine. Dry in the dryer or as recommended by the diaper manufacturer.
Covers often are sold alone and come with the waterproof outer shell, the rest is up to you. This makes covers super versatile. You can use a prefold (prefolded fabric with multiple layers sewn together- all you do is scrunch it together or fold it once or twice), a flat (a large piece of flat fabric, fold as you please with concentrated absorbency where you need it), or a fitted or semi-fitted diaper (basically an absorbent diaper that is fitted, and is fastened on baby).
Diaper covers are the most economical option. Parents can simply remove the wet inside, wipe out the cover and use it again several times throughout the day.
Diaper cover (left), Prefold (middle), Fitted (right).