Reusable diapers are used from ancient times, but they seemed to have lost their popularity and use with the emergence of disposable ones, which are more practical and hygienic. But in the current eco context, but also of the baby's health, the cloth, washable ones seem to be a better choice. Discover everything you need to know about reusable diapers!
What are the reusable diapers made of?
They are made of canvas, but in their composition there are several layers of textures and materials with the role of protecting the little one from diaper irritation and absorbing liquids.
Inside the diaper there is an important layer of cotton (most often organic), then an intermediate one that absorbs moisture, and on the outside a material that protects the skin and is impermeable.
Not all disposable diapers have all 3 layers in the composition. Most of them consist of only the first 2.
How are they used?
At present, there are several types of canvas or reusable diapers, depending on the number of layers from which they are formed or the shape or pattern adopted. Each of them has its own mode of use and a customized clamping system.
- traditional (which only have 2 layers and require manual folding, plus clamping);
- panty type (similar to disposable diapers, consisting only of the cotton layer and the one that absorbs moisture);
- pre-matured (similar to the traditional ones, only because they involve fewer steps, because they are already sewn in 3 parts; it does not have the last layer in composition);
- all-in-one (it is the only reusable diaper that has all three layers integrated and is used exactly like the disposable ones).
The easiest to use is the all-in-one diaper, because it is practical and requires very little skill. The traditional or pre-mixed ones require a little more training, because they have more layers and they catch in several steps, but once you get the experience, it seems much easier.
Many of these diapers come with plenty of accessories attached, which facilitates their attachment and reuse system. For example, there is a special protective paper for them, made of cellulose or rice paper (liners), which is attached to the surface of the diaper and that protects the baby's skin. This changes, and the diaper is easier to clean.
Even if you no longer have to buy whole boxes of diapers as in the case of disposable ones, you must still have at least 2 washable diapers, to always have one spare, when the other is washed and cleaned.
The used diapers are placed in a special basket for them and washed in the car, at low temperatures and with hypoallergenic detergents.
What are the benefits of reusable diapers?
There are a lot of benefits and pro arguments for using this type of diaper. But you have to choose the right model to have all their advantages. For example, not all washable diapers are eco-friendly or made from organic cotton. Here are their main advantages:
- they are economical (even if they have higher costs per piece, they change very rarely and no longer require other additional costs, moreover, they can be used in future children, because they are very resistant);
- most of them are environmentally friendly (they are "friendly" to the environment);
- prevent the irritation of the baby's nipple;
- favors the switch to the pot (baby will be more willing to use the pot because of the moisture it feels easier and which causes him to switch to pot, to get rid of it).
What are the disadvantages of reusable diapers?
There are a number of disadvantages to the fact that they are not always as practical as the disposable ones, especially when you are on the road or on vacation and you do not have the washing machine available to clean them.
Although they are more environmentally friendly due to the natural materials they are made from, some specialists argue that the need for detergents or electricity for their washing is at the expense of the eco-stream.
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