We all have at one point or another been exposed to myths about cloth diapering. Most of us have an image or preconceived notion in our mind about what cloth diapering entails. Cloth diapering has truly evolved and changed in the 21st century. Let us view a few of these myths below.
Fact – To date, simple cloth diapers which require pins are still available, however, with the vast majority of cloth diapers being offered do not require pins. Our OS (one size) cloth diapers have an easy to use snap system that adjusts to babies ranging from newborns all the way to toddlers (6-40lbs). They are equipped with a form fitting elastic to achieve a snugger fit, prevent leaks, and stay-dry bamboo liners to keep your baby dry longer.
Fact – Washing cloth diapers is not any different than doing a load of laundry. The most important element is that you want to ensure you are using the proper zero-residue detergent and be sure you are following the Wash 101 instructions we have laid out for you. A pre-rinse, a regular wash cycle and extra rinse is all it takes to wash our diapers.
Fact – Research has proven that cloth diapers are better for the environment in more than one way. Cloth diapers are sustainable and disposable diapers are not sustainable – each disposable diaper that ends up in a landfill takes 500 years or more to decompose. Unlike disposable diapers, cloth diapers can be used for multiple children or even handed down to friends and family.
Fact – Babies have shown to have fewer rashes when using cloth diapers versus disposables. Many parents whose babies have experienced severe rashes from using disposables have made the switch to cloth. Babies tend to be changed more frequently in cloth diapers, and moms are more aware when their baby is wet – versus disposables where, they may feel dry when in fact the diaper is saturated with urine. In addition, our OS cloth diapers are made of natural breathable materials (bamboo), which allow air to circulate freely. Disposables on the other hand, lock in heat and moisture, thus causing diaper rash and odour.
Fact – You will save money in the long run compared to disposables. You can spend anywhere from $300-$600 for our OS (one size) cloth diapering system, compared to $3,000-$5,000 you would spend on disposables for one child from birth to potty training. Not only are you saving in the long run, you are preventing thousands of diapers from ending up in landfills. Then take into account additional children and the savings only increase!
Fact – NO rinsing is required! When it comes to dealing with solids, it’s a good idea to use our flushable bamboo liners, which are biodegradable and can be flushed right down the toilet containing all the mess, and then place the diapers in a wet bag until ready to wash – it’s that simple!
Fact – Most parents say that they have experienced fewer leaks using cloth diapers versus disposables. Modern diapers such as our OS (one size) cloth diaper have innovative elasticized leg to prevent leaks. Unlike disposables, cloth diapers are completely adjustable and therefore can fit all babies. If you feel you need more absorbency for overnight or long trips, you can add an extra bamboo insert to double the protection. This cannot be done with disposables!