A-Z Myths on Cloth Diapering – Busted
A mother is judged for every single choice that she makes for her baby. People judge whether you breastfeed or formula-feed the baby, whether the baby is chubby or lean, fair or dark, whether you use coconut oil or olive oil, whether you start solids early or late, and similarly, whether you choose to use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. This list is never ending. Do you agree? Read on...
When it comes to cloth diapering, you may have heard a few concerns about diaper bulkiness or breathability. (We know well that all humans including babies breathe from their nose with the help of something called the respiratory system. They obviously don’t breathe with their bum.) 🙂
Jokes apart, cloth diapering is not a new concept. It has been used in a number of traditional ways since ancient times when disposable diapers didn’t exist at all. A number of absorbent layers of cloth were tied with the help of a safety pin on the baby which would do the job of absorbing. Advanced cloth diapers, however, are a new concept, especially in India. In other countries, there are numerous parents who have been using modern cloth diapers for a long time. So, here are a few myths that we would bust in this blog.
Myth#1: Cloth diapers are old fashioned and they leak:
Yes, our grandmas did use cloth on us because those days disposables weren’t really an option. But the concept of cloth diapers has now been revamped and they are this generation’s advanced cloth diapers. A big no to the leak myth as well. In fact, it’s disposable diapers that leak and most of our parents have faced poop blowouts in disposables. If you are using cloth diapers properly, they won’t leak at all.
Myth#2: Cloth diapers are bulky and uncomfortable for the baby:
While cloth diapers are slightly bulkier than disposable diapers, they are way more comfortable. A disposable diaper gets heavy and bulky after the baby pees on them. But in case of cloth, the initial bulk is the only thing that you see as these don’t get heavier or bulkier the longer you wear them. Moreover, SuperBottoms UNOs are the trimmest. The crotch of Superbottoms is 30% trimmer than other brands. So they are worth a try. Hence, even pjs and pants fit well. You can also consider buying 1 size up pants so that it can be used for a longer time. Babies outgrow clothes pretty soon 🙂
Myth#3: Cloth diapers are difficult to maintain and are unhygienic:
Cloth diapers really are just plain & simple CLOTH! How difficult can it get to maintain them? Just make sure they are cleaned and washed well. That’s about it 🙂
Myth#4: Cloth Diapers give nasty elastic marks:
Cloth diapers may give light elastic marks, but they go away on their own in a few minutes and they don’t bother babies at all. Such marks come even after wearing socks, mittens, underwear, etc. A well-fitting cloth diaper will always be snug around your baby’s legs and waist no matter what. It may even be snug enough to leave light elastic marks on your baby’s skin during normal wear, which is fine. Think of it this way: if you wear socks with shoes for a few hours or a saree petticoat, you will have red marks left on your skin once you take them off. The same can be said for cloth diapers. Red marks will occur and should not cause any concern.
Myth#5: Cloth diapers affect the milestones of babies:
Every baby is different and babies take their own time to achieve their milestones. One baby may start walking at 10 months, while the other may walk at 15 months. Cloth diapers don’t hinder their milestones.
Myth#6: Baby’s legs are in frog position/ Babies in cloth diapers cannot straighten their legs/ Cloth diapering causes Hip Dysplasia:
Actually, cloth diapers provide the correct position for babies’ legs and hips. For proper leg and hip development, legs should be in the frog position. When a baby is born with suspected hip dysplasia, the paediatrician will recommend always keeping three disposables in the baby or cloth diapering, so that the hips remain wide, where they should be. Also you will see carriers that allow baby’s legs to dangle straight down are being phased out and are no longer recommended as well as they also hurt the hips, and rather you should use the carriers that allow the baby to face the body and legs to remain in the frog position.
Myth#7: Cloth Diapers affect the sperm count of baby boys:
Baby boys don’t produce sperms during infancy. They start producing sperms only after puberty. So, Congratulations! There is no chance that you won’t be a grandparent because you are cloth diapering your baby boy. 🙂
Myth#8: Cloth diapers are very tight:
Cloth diapers need a snug fit, or else they leak. Even a disposable diaper, if worn loose will leak. A snug fit is always comfortable for a baby as compared to a loose fit. Even if we adults wear loose underwear, it will give you friction rashes. In a similar way, loose diapers will be slightly uncomfortable for the baby. Here are some tips to get the right fit.
Myth#9: It’s inconvenient to clean poop from cloth diapers:
In many countries, it’s illegal to throw a soiled disposable diaper without disposing off the poop in a toilet. It’s extremely difficult and annoying to remove faeces from a disposable diaper.
Even disposable diaper sellers recommend disposing the diaper after cleaning poop. However, with a cloth diaper, it can be easily cleaned once you reach a washroom. All you need to do is knock off the solids on a toilet and rinse the diaper on a wash basin. Store it in a bucket or Waterproof Cloth Bag till laundry time.
Myth#10: Cloth diapering is impossible on a vacation:
Be it at home or out of home, cloth diapering is the easiest thing to do & easier to carry.
Myth#11: Babies need frequent changes with a cloth diaper:
Advanced cloth diapers, especially SuperBottoms UNO easily lasts for 3-5 hours during the day time and 8-10 hours during the night time. It’s always hygienic to change frequently. In fact, with a disposable diaper, you need to change all the more frequently due to the chemicals in them. Imagine, can you wear a sanitary napkin for 12 hours a day? Disposable diapers are made of more or less the same composition and hence the discomfort is more or less the same.
Myth#12: Cloth diapers are expensive:
Here’s an approx. math:
In 3 years - 16 UNO x Rs 800 = Rs 10800
5 disposables/day x 900 days x Rs 10 = Rs 45000
That's 74% saving! We're building sandcastles in the air with all that money, and you?
Myth#13: Day care, caregivers and other family members can’t use them:
Why do you think they can’t? If you can, so can they 🙂
Myth#14: It’s difficult to use cloth diapers during monsoon and rainy season:
It’s definitely not as difficult as it seems. You can air dry the diapers overnight under the fan and it’s as easy as it can be.
Myth#15: Washing cloth diapers consumes a lot of electricity and water:
Myth again! Washing cloth diapers do need water and electricity. But you can save a lot of water and energy when using cloth diapers by rinsing off the pee and washing cloth diapers in the regular laundry load. That would help you save a lot of water and electricity. We need water to wash our regular clothes too. Do we stop wearing them? Meh!!! Just add these diapers in your regular laundry load!
Studies show that approximately 35 litres of water is used to manufacture 1 disposable diaper. The other resources that get wasted due to disposable diapers are endless. Read more on that here.
Myth#16: Dettol is needed to disinfect cloth diapers:
That’s a myth again. Dettol affects the absorbency of the diapers. It disinfects wounds, not clothes. In fact the components of Dettol can even cause skin irritation to the baby. Most paediatricians don’t even recommend it on regular baby clothes. But since it has been followed as a tradition all these years, parents feel it’s important. Our ancestors survived even before Dettol was invented, didn’t they? 😉
Sun drying the diapers is the most effective way to disinfect the diapers. If you don’t get sunlight regularly, once a while, hot water rinses are enough too.
Myth#17: Cloth Diapers cause skin darkening:
It’s unlikely that cloth diapers can cause skin darkening because they are just layers of cloth stitched together. Babies skin turn dark in that particular area over a period of time. It’s not necessarily due to diapers. It just happens.
Mild darkening of the private areas is common in babies as they tend to spend so much time on their bum (sitting, sleeping, rolling etc.) It gets better by the time they spend more time on their legs. 🙂
Even if you tend to type or write at a desk your elbows will get darker. Same principle in operation with your baby’s bottom. So don’t worry. It will go away. Wipe baby’s bum clean during every change. They change back to normal once they grow up. But to lessen this, please make sure that you clean the area with a wipe (preferably a cloth wipe) during every change.
There you have it: All the myths about cloth diapers busted!
We hope that helps you either decide to use cloth diapers or help you convince your loved ones that cloth isn’t as bad as they think! Want to join our Superbottoms Facebook Family Group here (link) & connect with 30,000+ like minded parents & share parenting experiences. Who knows, you might bump into your parent BFF here! Click Click!!
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