Debunking the myths of cloth diapering

Photo courtesy EcoBuns

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) If you’re getting ready for a new baby, you have a lot of decisions to make, including what type of diapers to use. WOTV 4 Women’s Modern Day Mommy, Carly Munoz, is expecting her second child in the fall. She was recently approached to learn more from the women at EcoBuns in Holland. They have a great cloth diaper store and walked her through everything she needs to know.

Do you know the myths and facts of cloth diapering?

Myth: Cloth diapers require pins and are difficult to put on.
Fact: False. Cloth Diapers are just as easy to put on as a disposable diaper. No pins or rubber pants. Modern cloth diapers even come with Velcro-like closures on them to make diaper changing as easy as it can be.  In fact, a study done in 2012 by Thirsties Diapers found 98% of customers surveyed found that using cloth diapers is easier than what they thought, or about what they expected.

Myth: Cloth diapers are cheaper than disposable diapers and will save you money.
Fact: True. Cloth Diapers cost less than disposable diapers. The average baby goes through 7,000 to 9,000 diaper changes from birth to potty training. The average disposable diaper family spends between $1,800 and $3,500 in disposable diapers for one child. While cloth diapers are an upfront investment, cloth diapers can easily save a family around $2,000 for one child. Plus, if you take good care of them, you can use them for your next child. Another note is that they come in two sizes, so once you have your sizes you are set. You do not have to buy multiple sizes like disposables.

Myth: Cloth diapers have to be dunked in a toilet after each use and are a pain to clean.
Fact: False. No dunking in toilets, no soaking in buckets of bleach water. Today’s parents use diaper sprayers or flushable liners to take care of soiled diapers. Parents store dirty diapers in a pail or waterproof bag until wash time. Advances in detergent and wash routines mean that it is no longer necessary to soak diapers before washing them.

Myth: Cloth diaper laundry is easy.
Fact: True. It’s not actually that many extra loads either. For most families it means an extra two to three loads a week.

Myth: Cloth diapers are no match for a baby blow out.
Fact: False. Cloth diapers contain blow outs better than disposable diapers. A disposable diaper might hold in a lot of wetness, but even with improvements, they still don’t handle blow outs very well. Cloth diaper families rarely (if ever) have diaper blow outs. This cuts down on the overall laundry they do. No extra loads of clothes, sheets, or car seat covers.

Myth: Licensed daycares and daycare centers don’t allow cloth diapers.
Fact: False. Michigan state licensing rules changed this year. Daycares now have to allow cloth diapers if parents provide them. In past years, they only had to allow cloth diapers if there was a written doctors note.

If you want to learn more about cloth diapers or find out how you can sign up to take a cloth diaper class, visit the Eco Buns website.

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