we hear cloth diapers, what immediately comes to mind are the olden pin-bound
cloth or traditional lampins that our mothers used back in the
days. Lia wore them too, intermittently during her newborn-hood, but since they
soak so easily, I began putting her on disposables fulltime beginning her 1st month.
|Our first cloth diapers. Aren’t they just eye candy?|
new generation of cloth diapers has surfaced recently, offering the same
comfort to the infant’s fragile skin, but with ten times the absorbency and
cuteness. These cloth diapers or CDs have insides that are made of soft
fleece and a waterproof outer lining made of polyester (PUL) or TPU and which comes in plains or prints,
with snaps or velcros that easily close the top like disposables. They also
come with cloth inserts that absorb wetness for up to 3 hours.
read about these ingenious nappies before Lia was born, but never seriously considered
trying them because they seem intimidating and expensive – or at least that’s what I conjured from mommy blogs. Now I learned
one shouldn’t be intimidated by things she knows so little about!
fact that more and more moms are swearing by the efficacy of these eco-friendly
diapers and a recent soiled diaper-eating incident involving our Rottweiler
ultimately signaled that switch for me.
|Lia wearing her first cloth diaper from Alva.
Forgot to snap on the buttons for the height hehe.
advantage of a P230-Alva CD sale at Baba’s House, I ordered 11 Alva cloth
nappies to try plus one each of Baby Wizard’s and Happy Flute’s. Most moms
would recommend trying out a couple per brand first to see which suits your
baby best, but well, no lady can ever resist a good sale.
did the math, and was surprised with the huge savings one could amass from
using cloth diapers fulltime. You see, CDs are designed to be
one-size-fits-most, which means it can be used from newborn up to the time a
child is potty-trained, which is typically around 2 1/2 – 3 years old.
our case, Lia requires around 6-7 disposables a day, or a pack of 42s per week,
which costs P310-ish. Multiply that by 5 weeks, and that’s P1,550 a month,
P18,600 per year, and P55,800 for 3 years. Meanwhile, a dozen of the cheapest CDs
costs around P3,000 or less (averaging P250-P300 per piece with inserts), and
that’s already good for 3 years. Imagine if we were using CDs from the beginning
(Lia used to poop 9-10x a day up to her 3rd month).
course, economy is just one of the primary benefits of cloth diapers. There’s
also the eco-friendly side of it. Disposables mean more trees to cut. They are
not reusable, and don’t get degraded, not even in a thousand years, so that’s more
carbon footprint – which the Philippines, as polluted as it is, need no further.
CDs are a step towards ensuring a greener environment for the kids. Our kids.
are engineered using environmentally safe products, so there’s no need to worry
about potential hazards to the baby. Disposable diapers are made of dioxin, an ultra-absorbent
but hazardous compound commonly found in tampons and which is responsible for
toxic shock syndrome. While risks of such in diapers are minimal, wouldn’t it
be better if our babies are 100% protected against such hazards?
far, we have been using CDs for a week and I’m very satisfied. Yes, the extra
washing is a bit of a hassle, and like everything, it takes some getting used
to. What’s 30 minutes of washing soiled nappies every other day in exchange for
tens of thousands in savings?
green step at a time, mommies. One green step at a time.