Cloth diapers have been around for centuries.
Like with so many things, their form has evolved over time. The old white rectangular cloth fastened by pins has been largely replaced by more modern and colorful designs.
Today’s reusable diapers resemble disposable nappies. They are pre-folded. These uprated versions are made up of super-absorbent, waterproof cloth and are secured by snaps rather than safety pins.
Generally, new parents face the burden of diapering their newborns. A helping hand is always useful. But what if you live away from everyone or everybody is too busy to attend to you all the time?
- Here are some useful tips to bear in mind.
How To Cloth Diaper a Newborn Baby
Firstly, prepare a comfy and clean cloth diaper for your baby to use. Babies usually wet 15 to 16 diapers a day. As much as possible, have at least 5 available before you decide to wash the used ones because newborns get through so many diapers, especially after feeding.
If you are on a particularly tight budget, you can use old cloth diapers worn by previous babies in your family. Buy safety pins that are made especially for infants. Just be sure you secure the sides very carefully as the conventional rectangular ones cannot securely hold any leakages.
Now, there are new cloth diaper designs to choose from in the market. These are normally styled to secure the sides and come with adjustable snaps and Velcro. There are also various sizes to choose from to prevent leaks as the newborn’s legs are generally small and skinny.
After washing your baby, be sure to dry the skin before putting on a diaper as wet flesh may cause irritations. Powder the baby’s tummy and butt to absorb sweat and prevent rashes from forming. You may also use cloth liners to clean away anything on the baby’s skin.
In cases where you cannot wash the baby after it pees, use baby wipes instead. In the event of any rashes appearing, rub on a rash cream specially designed for cloth diapers. Some can be hard to wash off so make sure you get the dedicated cloth nappy variety.
How to Wash Cloth Diapers at Home
Rinse all soiled cloth diapers first with a bidet of hot water at the toilet bowl before dumping them into a dry bucket to keep until washing time.
It’s best to soak them all in a basin with water and baking soda for at least 4 hours to get rid of the stains and odor prior to washing them in the machine. Rinse off with cold water.
Use a detergent brand that is friendly to a baby’s skin. Babies tend to get allergies at times if exposed to any harsh ingredients. Also, always use hot water in washing them. Make sure that you properly rinse off all the soap particles.
Hang them dry out in the sun if you want to save money and eliminate further smells and germs. If you don’t have time to wait, drying them in the machine will do. You can also iron the cloth diapers once they’ve dried up.
How To Use a Pre-fold Diaper?
Pre-fold diapers are soft, rectangular cloth diapers made up of absorbable cotton material that is folded in a diaper cover.
To use a pre-fold diaper, lay it flat on a diaper cover before placing the baby on top of it. Fold the bottom sides overlapping each other. Lay the baby on top on the middle portion with the folded sides at the bottom.
Pull up the folded bottoms to the baby’s tummy. Place the back part of the diaper toward the sides of the baby. Finally, secure the three folds with a fastener.
- Important Note: When buying cloth diapers, be sure to look for those that indicate One Size Fits All. These types of diapers are more convenient on the pocket as well as to the baby and parents. These kinds of nappies cater from newborns up to the time the child learns how to use the toilet.
How Many Cloth Diapers Are Needed?
The average number of diapers that a newborn will need in 24 hours is 16. As mentioned above, it is advisable to have a surplus before washing the dirty ones.
In a week you might need to use up to 114 diapers. That’s quite a number!
Why Cloth Diapers?
In general, disposable diapers are harmful to the environment and some materials used in making them can also be bad for the baby’s health, particularly their skin. They can contain dioxin, a substance known to be carcinogenic. Disposable diapers also emit gas that can cause asthma in some babies.
These diapers will take an astonishing five centuries to be destroyed. For the course of that staggering 500 years, harmful properties will stay in the air that we will breathe. Disposable diapers really are environmentally unfriendly.
You’ll save a substantial amount by using cloth diapers. If you use disposable nappies you will spend more than double. The only issue to consider is the added electricity consumption brought on by washing dirty nappies.
The modern cloth diapers available nowadays are much easier to handle than the older variety in every respect.
Contemporary cloth diapers are designed to adjust and fit strongly to the baby’s skin. The only time disposable ones might be necessary is on long outings where cloth diapers can be a bit tedious to deal with. But, other than that, cloth diapers are hands down more beneficial to use.
We hope that you’ve found these pointers about cloth diapers useful.
Say goodbye to expensive disposable diapers and opt for cloth instead. You’ll be helping your bank balance along with the environment.
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