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The Top 5 Myths about Cloth Diapering
By Sarah Currie-Halpern, a cloth diapering Mom and Co-Founder and Partner of Think Zero LLC
As a mother of two who recently finished cloth diapering my youngest, I want to address some
of the common myths about cloth diapering including the top 5 reasons why parents don’t
choose to cloth diaper and dispel these myths.
Myth #1: Too inconvenient.
Modern day cloth diapers make using them so much easier- they have plastic snaps or velcro strips that fasten the diaper snugly to the child. Cute diaper bags with waterproof liners and zip closures make using cloth diapers on the go much easier. Grab an extra cloth diaper and your zip bag and you are ready to go. On a long vacation, 6 or more days, as long as you have a laundry service at your hotel or a washer and dryer at the home you are staying at, you can continue to use your cloth diapers. Quick getaway? Just bring extra cloth diapers so you don’t have to worry about washing them while away. And if cloth diapers are just too much for your travels, keep a stash of disposables to use on trips.
Myth #2: Too gross.
Changing diapers is gross whether you are using cloth or disposables. The only difference with cloth is you are dumping or spraying the feces into the toilet before dropping the soiled diaper and wipe (if you are using reusable, washable wipes which I highly recommend!) into the diaper pail. In fact, many parents and caretakers dump feces into the toilet from disposables to keep the diaper pail stench down. For environmental reasons, feces should always go into the sewer system where it is properly treated and not be sent to landfill or incineration. The bottom line: dirty diapers are gross no matter how you cut it, cloth diapers are only a tiny bit more gross than using disposables because at the end of the day you still have to wash them. The good news is once you toss them in your washable laundry bag, you don’t have to touch them again because the whole bag can be placed in the washing machine. Trust me, you can handle it.
Myth #3: My child goes to day care so I can’t cloth diaper.
Many day care centers are familiar with cloth diapers and are willing to use them. Just like we have to give our day care center a bunch of disposables for the day, same goes with cloth diapers. I recommend All-in-one diapers because they are easier to use, and a waterproof laundry bag. Pack your full laundry bag into a backpack at the end of the day and off you go. If your day care refuses to use cloth diapers and you do have other options, switch to a day care center that is willing to work with your cloth diaper program.
Myth #4: Cloth diapering is for hippies and tree huggers.
I come from a yuppie town in Southern CT. My parents were professionals, and my husband and I are urban, working parents. We are about as far from hippies as can be and we loved cloth diapering (well I did anyway!) Cloth diapering is becoming more mainstream as well, we are seeing many professional parents choose cloth diapers for a variety of reasons including saving money and having less impact on the environment.
Myth #5: We don’t have our own washer and dryer so we can’t cloth diaper.
No problem, you have two options. Bring your cloth diapers to your local laundry mat and wash them there. Wash your cloth diapers in a separate laundry machine, at the same time as your clothes, and they add little to no time to your laundry routine. If washing diapers at the laundry mat isn’t your cup of tea, grab your computer and search for cloth diapering services in your area, there’s bound to be one or maybe a few options.
If you are reading this article, you probably already know the major reasons why you should seriously consider cloth diapering, including the huge cost savings over disposables if you buy cloth diapers and wash them at home, reducing your family’s overall environmental footprint, and diapering your child in natural cloth rather than plastics and other harmful materials. Cloth diapering does take a little more effort than disposable diapering but it’s worth it.