Sunday, June 28, 2009

Why Use Reusable Cloth Diapers

It is convenient

To me cloth diapers are convenient as using disposable diapers, healthier for our children especially to those with highly sensitive skin, cost effective, and better for the environment. Using one reusable diaper a day can save our planet from waste.

Yet many parents think that cloth diaper is like the traditional folded and fastened lampin and covered with plastic covers. Today is not what it used to be. Cloth diapers available today are adorable, available in a variety gorgeous colors, prints, and luxurious textures and fabric. It also comes with variety design from fitted to one size fits all, comes with snaps button or velcro. You can choose the best diapering system for your individual needs.

Still not convinced?

Many people are reluctant to cross over to cloth diapers because of the washing factor. It is just too easy to throw away disposable diapers, rather than deal with washing them. However, it's really not that difficult. After depositing any solid waste into the toilet, you can wash a load of diapers in the washing machine. Most diaper covers can be machine washed, unless they're wool, which require hand washing. Regardless of washing, however, think of what sacrificing a little extra time with the laundry will benefit in other areas.

Cost Effective

If u asked many parent out there, one of the largest expenses for their children is diapers. Cloth Diapers Are Cheaper Than Disposable Diapers because it is reusable and can be used until the next children. By using cloth diapers, you’ll save amount of money because you only need to buy a few set of cloth diapers according to your laundry preference. Most parent will go around 6500 to 8700 diapers from birth to about age three or until potty trained.

It will cost you:

RM3250-RM4350 for 3 years using disposable diapers (if RM0.50 sen each)

RM1000- RM1500 for 3 years using reusable cloth diapers (if diaper price within RM50-RM75 each and you buy maximum 20 diapers to make rotation of laundry in every two days)

Amount of saving: between RM 2250- to RM2850 – and this for one child.

This cloth diapers may last for the next child and you will be saving double or even triple on the diaper expenses!

So, how many diapers should u buy? Enough to have at least for 2 days stock unless you want to do laundry everyday, then 10 pcs is enough. However it depends on your laundry routine and how many child you have. My children share diapers among them because I prefer to use one size. This one size is more worthy because you can use it from birth till 2 to 3 years old (according to toddler size).

Yes, cloth diapers will usually mean an extra loads of laundry a week, but if you were to weigh the extra costs of their electricity, water usage, and detergent, you will pleasantly surprised because these costs are very very minimal compared to the cost of expensive disposable diapers!

Cloth Diapers Are Healthier For Your Baby

Some babies can be allergic to the harsh chemicals and plastics used in making disposable diapers. It happened to me where my daughter suffer from severe eczema when wearing disposable diapers. Dioxin, the toxic chemicals present in disposable diaper been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, and skin diseases, genetic damage, is a by-product of the paper-bleaching process used in manufacturing disposable diapers, and trace quantities may exist in the diapers themselves. Dioxin is listed by the EPA as the most toxic of cancer related chemicals. Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) - a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals. Disposable diapers also contain sodium polyacrylate. If you have ever seen the gel-like, super absorbant crystals in a disposable than you have seen this first hand. Sodium polyacrylate is the same substance that was removed from tampons because of its link to toxic shock syndrome. No studies have been done on the long-term effects of this chemical being in contact with a baby's reproductive organs 24 hours a day for upwards of two years. Studies have also been done to show that the chemical emissions from disposable diapers can cause respiratory problems in children. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are free of the many chemicals contained in disposable diapers.

Cloth Diapers Are Better For The Environment

The idea of a "disposable" diaper is a myth; the ramifications of which will stay with us for centuries to come. They are the third largest single product in the waste stream behind newspapers and beverage containers. Disposable diapers fill up the landfills and don't biodegrade fast enough to keep up with our human consumption. Cloth diapers on the other hand, are made of biodegradable materials, so when they finally have served the full extent of their purpose, they won't add to any pollution problems. Using reusable cloth diapers are rewarding investment all around - a financial investment, an investment in our children’s health, and an investment in our planet.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Cloth Diapers Journey

Saya memulakan memakai CD (cloth diapers) to my DD (dear daughter, fatin) semenjak hujung tahun 2007 atas nasihat doktor anak saya. anak saya pengidap eczema yang sangat teruk dan it happened through the year especially when i ate seafood due to her fully BF (breasfeed). i try to consume less seafood but sometimes i cannot avoid it as well. namun eczema dier cuma kat satu tempat ajer iaitu kat bontot, memang pantang berpeluh lebih2 mesti naik ruam. kalau lambat tukat diapers mesti rashes teruk. di tambah plak kalu dia sakit makan antibiotik selalu gak kena rashes. macam-mcam disposable diapers dah saya try dari brand murah ke brand mahal (paling mahal pun huggies ajerlah yang mampu pun) tapi tak berjaya mengurangkan rashesnya. sampailah satu hari doktoryang biasa merawat dia suggest saya pakai lampin (an ordinary traditional lampin) . after i used it for two weeks, alhamdulillah she was no longger suffer from rashes except kalau saya makan seafood lagi. dari situ saya terus jer pakai lampin kain tiga segi tu dan saya search for cloth diapers.

i never thought that this traditional triangle folded lampin have emerged to modern cloth diapers which is more cuter design, easy to wear and as easy as wearing the disposable diapers, LOL. then after that i became one of the cloth diaper fan (not a fan actually, maybe consider as CD addict). everyday i m looking for a good CD with a worth price to buy for my DD. if i got extra money i will find CD to buy. and it is worth buying sebab boleh gunakan CD tu long term sehingga anak-anak yang berikutnya. thats why i never regret to wear and buy CD for my daughter.

now i have another child, DS (dear son, fakhri) is now using CD as well. he just wear his sister CD and they can even sharing their CD. my DD is on potty train, so i just used Cd when se is going to bed only (sebabnya banyak dah kes terbocor ni).

the reason why i still stick to wear this CD because i dont want my younger child suffer from rashes like what his sister does and of course it save me alot from buying dispo. currently, im 100% Cding my children. it is a great experience to Cding your child. there are a lot of CD in the market nowadays, not like the day a started using CD , where there is only a few online store sell CD. one of the benefit CDing i see is the child will potty train early compared to other child on dispo.


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