Cloth Diapers - How to get started in cloth diapers
==== ====For Great Quality Diapers Products and Tips Check Out This Sitewww.quality-diapers.com==== ====I have talked with lots of people about Cloth Diapers and I know one frustration of many peoplethat are just getting into cloth is the "Lingo" that the cloth diapering community uses. There isnothing worse than trying to find information just to have it all in a secret code!Here is your Lingo 101 crash course:CD: CD stands for Cloth Diapers. So we have CDers and CDing, cloth diaper-ers and clothdiaper-ing.Stash: a stash is the collection of cloth diapers that a person has. Some stashes are small and justfill the needs of the family, and some stashes are literally a collection of cloth diapers.Closures: the way a diaper is done up to stay on baby, types include: snap, velcro, pin, snappie, orwrap style cover.OS diaper: One Size diaper, made to fit all sizes of kids from birth to potty training.AIO: All in one diaper, a diaper that is diaper and cover in one, with snap or velcro closures.AI2: All in two diaper, a diaper that is a diaper and cover with and insert added in, with snap orvelcro closures.Pocket: a diaper that is a shell with a pocket that you stuff with an absorbent insert, with snap orvelcro closures.Fitted: an absorbent, breathable diaper that needs a cover, with snap, velcro or pin closures.Flat: a flat square of absorbent fabric that you can fold into a diaper, requires pins or some othermethod of closure.Prefold: a flat diaper that has been "pre-folded" and sewn so the middle is more absorbent,requires pins or other method of closure.Contour diaper: a prefold that has been sewn into a contoured shape to fit more easily without allthe folding, requires pins of other method of closure.Covers: a covering for a fitted, contoured, flat or prefold diaper that is usually fleece, PUL(polyurethane laminate: waterproof fabric) or wool.
Wrap: style of cover that wraps around the baby like the diaper holding the diaper in place, haseither snap of velcro closure.Soaker or Longies: Pull up covers usually fleece or wool, longies are pant style covers.Insert or Booster: more absorbency layers you can simply add to the diaper.WAHM: Work At Home MomSposies: disposable diapersDiaper Sprayer: a sprayer you attach to your toilet to spray off your diapers.So now that we have the basic lingo lets talk why cloth is better...I am biased I know, but I have three reasons I cloth diapered. I will share them with you.Eco-Friendly:This one is kind of obvious I think. Pro-disposable advocates have for years used the waterargument. That the amount of water used to wash cloth diapers is is as hard on the environmentas the production and disposal of disposable diapers. So, how about some numbers...It is estimated that every year 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills.Also did you know that it takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year tomanufacture the disposable diapers that just the babies in the US use. Now I know somedisposables are presented as biodegradable, but in order for this process to work them must beexposed to the sun. This does not happen since we cover our landfills. It can take several hundredyears for them to decompose, and some of the plastics never do decompose.As to the claim that we are wasting water with flushing the waste and washing cloth diapers, didyou realize that the water that we use to flush and to wash our diaper is sent into the waste-waterplants and then treated. It is then much more environmentally friendly than dumping untreatedsoiled disposable diapers into a landfill.So we agree they are better for the environment, how about your baby?Healthy Lifestyle:In our lifestyles today we are becoming more and more aware of the chemicals and such that arebeing added to everything around us. Our food, our water, our kids toys, and even our pesticidesand fertilizers. We are demanding that we want more organic lifestyles. We want things to behealthier and better for us. Why then should this not carry over to the diapers we put on our babysbum? Does your baby get rashes? Most babies get rashes from one thing or another. There are afew things that are added to disposable diapers that are not very healthy or at all natural. Dyes,sodium polyacrylate (the super absorbent gel), and dioxin, which is a by-product of bleachingpaper are just some thing found in disposable diapers. Also a big concern is Sodium polyacrylatewhich has been linked in the past to toxic shock syndrome and allergic reactions, this is no longer
allowed in Tampons, but is still used in disposable diapers.Some of the problems reported to the CPA (Consumer Protection Agency) regarding disposablediapers include, chemical burns, noxious chemical and insecticide odors, babies pullingdisposables apart and putting pieces of plastic into their noses and mouth and choking on them,plastic melting onto the skin, and ink staining the skin. That sounds just dandy huh? I put clothdiapers on my babies because I knew exactly what was going on their bum, and I knew exactlywhat was in the diapers. I also had total control over what was used on them in the cleaningprocess. Did you know that disposable diapers do NOT have to list their ingredient lists? Theydont want you to know what they put in them, what chemicals you are bringing into your homeand putting on their precious little bums. Did that all sound like mumbo jumbo? Well if it did, thenthis last sentence is all you need to remember from this section. In the end cloth diapers worn andchanged regularly are simply better for your babys adorable little behind.So if this all isnt enough what about the cost? Is it really cheaper to cloth diaper?Cost of Cloth Diapers VS Disposable Diapers:Disposable diaper estimates run between $60 to $80 a month depending on the brand of choice.That is between $750-$960 a year for diapering one child... how many of you have or will havemore than one in diapers? I did! I have 6 kids that is $7,500! Can you imagine that? Did I just wantto throw away that much money? You better believe I did NOT!So how much will a stash of cloth diapers cost you? And do you really save money?There are so many brands of diapers out there and the the cost is differing. From cheap Prefoldsat $12 for a 6 pack to Fitteds that will cost you upwards of $40 a diaper. I make and sell ClothDiapers and my diapers are in the middle of the range of the cost of Cloth Diapers. My diaperscost $23.50 a diaper. We will use the cost of my Nifty Nappy Cloth Diapers to figure out the cost ofa stash.20 diapers = $4703 woolie wrap covers = $752 longie wool covers = $40diaper pail = $3 (Ace 2 gallon bucket)Diaper sprayer = $29 - $40TOTAL: $580-$600This was my stash minus the diaper sprayer, which I did survive all 10 years of cloth diaperingwithout! I know that that seems like a lot! BUT it is less than you would spend for one year ofdisposable diapers. AND you can diaper that child through all diapering years with that stash.PLUS other children that follow as well! The "care of" does add a bit of a cost. With some extrabatches of laundry a week and the extra electricity. I just convinced my sister to use cloth diapers
and she is on her last child. She now wishes she had used them the whole time. She says thatshe honestly is NOT doing more laundry with cloth than she was doing before. She says my clothdiapers contain messes that used to blow right up and out of the disposable diapers. She has towash the babys actual clothes less because there are less blowouts which in turn has made herbaby clothes last longer also.I diapered two kiddos in cloth with 20 diapers washing every other day. I also used the same set ofdiapers for my four youngest children. I did one wash in hot water and then hung them out to dryas much as possible cutting down on the cost of drying... since the sun is free! So to me the costdifference was a big part in my decision to cloth diaper.So what do you think? Would you consider it now? I know that it seem a little overwhelming, butthere is lots of help to be had. There are amazing cloth diapering mamas on Twitter and Facebookthat would offer support and advice. I would love to help you join in the wonderful world of cloth.So take a minute and consider how much better cloth diapering would be for your family and yourbaby.Vilate is a WAHM with 6 kiddos. She has perfected her cloth diaper design over the 11 years shehas been using cloth diapers. Vilate is also very excited to announce that she has branched out toretail. She now sells her cloth diapers in online shops and through retailers. She has some verydedicated cloth diaper retailers which you can find on her Were to Buy page.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Vilate_Thacker==== ====For Great Quality Diapers Products and Tips Check Out This Sitewww.quality-diapers.com==== ====