There are many ways that parents can reduce, reuse, and recycle via cloth diapering
. While your baby is eliminating waste, you can make choices in diapering that will simultaneously reduce the amount of waste that enters our landfills. The decision to use cloth involves more than just nappies.
Modern Choices in Cloth Diapering
Contemporary cloth diapers are available in several different types. The most common of these are flat, prefolds, fitted diapers, and pocket diapers. You may also need to use waterproof diaper covers depending on the type of diapers that you decide to use. Flat diapers are comprised of a single layer of rectangular cloth that needs to be folded. Prefold diapers are similar in size and shape to a flat diaper, except that they contain multiple layers that are sewn together to improve absorbency. These types of diapers must be fastened with a pin or snap. They are prone to leakage and must be used with waterproof diaper covers. Fitted diapers are the next evolution in cloth diapering technology. They are fitted and designed to contour to the shape of your baby’s body. Some diapers also include customized amenities that make them more absorbent and comfortable for your baby than basic nappies. For example, Kanga Care’s EcoPosh Recycled Organic One Size Fitted Pocket Diaper can be adjusted to fit four different sizes from newborn to preschooler (6 lbs. to 40 lbs.), has ten layers of absorbency, and includes exclusive double inner gusset technology. It is made with environmentally friendly materials that include recycled water bottles, organic cotton, and soft bamboo rayon. Like its predecessors, this diaper needs a cover, such as the natural EcoPosh Wool Cover
which provides a natural waterproof barrier. Pocket diapers are the most technologically advanced diaper. These cloth diapers come in stylish colors and include all the conveniences of a fitted diaper, plus a waterproof barrier to prevent leakage. Rumparooz One Size Cloth Pocket Diapers are adjustable and grow with your baby. They have assets such as snap closures, double inner gussets, a stuffable pocket, and an eco-friendly waterproof layer. The inside of the diaper contains a hypoallergenic microchamois that will be soft and comfortable against your baby’s skin.
More Ways to Reduce Our Landfills
Many parents use cloth baby wipes because they are gentle on a baby’s skin, save money, and promote green living. Wipes can be made from cotton flannel, terry wash cloths, or even natural fabrics featuring bamboo, hemp, linen, cotton, and fleece. Some people even find that they are able to recycle old flat diapers and t-shirts and make them into wipes. After using your baby wipes, you can put them into a wet pail with your diapers and launder them together. This makes cloth diapering
and wipes a great way for families to live green.