Why Cloth Diapers?
first hear about Cloth Diapers, you imagine thin sheets of
fabric, cloth, material, probably padded but definitely now
absorbent or practical! You think this is 'old school',
this is not what urban, modern mothers opt for in this
journey of poop and pee, three years before baby can
confidently asked to be taken to the washroom! The truth is
so far from this perception that you will be shocked to
realize what you and your baby have missed out on so far!
Cloth diapers are not just 'nappies' or 'diapers', they are
a system, a way of life and a choice that not only effects
your baby, but effects you, your budgets and the
environment too. Find out how?
|Cloth Diapers are
The first two years are very sensitive for every baby. They
are difficult to comprehend and their needs remain
paramount, so how do you keep your baby comfortable and
yourself too? Create a balance! Keep your baby relaxed and
comfortable with cloth diapers that give them more space,
more comfort and a sense of lightness. Cloth diapers are a
natural choice because the fabric is, with cloth diapers
your baby's sensitive skin is exposed to material that is
less reactive in every way.
What should be of
serious concern to all parents are the toxic chemicals
present in disposable diapers. Dioxin, which in various
forms has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, liver
damage, skin diseases, and genetic damage, is a by-product
of the paper-bleaching process used in manufacturing
disposable diapers. Trace quantities may even 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, then 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.
From Kimberly Clark's 2005 Annual Report:
"Superabsorbent materials are important components
in disposable diapers, training and youth pants and
incontinence care products. Polypropylene and other
synthetics and chemicals are the primary raw materials for
manufacturing nonwoven fabrics, which are used in
disposable diapers, training and youth pants, wet wipes,
feminine pads, incontinence and health care products, and
|Cloth diapers are
Mainly because cloth diapers work just like disposable
diapers! Yes they do, except for the ultimate convenience
of being able to reuse cloth diapers which you obviously
cannot do with disposables. Cloth diapers have the same
system to put on, clasp/close and done as disposable
diapers do. They are double lined for super absorbency and
that too with natural, untreated fabric, allowing the
baby's skin to breath in a non chemical environment.
Cloth diapers have been developed by parents
struggling to find natural, comfortable and sustainable
solutions for diapering. The main focus has always been on
these three factors – comfortable, natural and sustainable.
Because the fabrics used are natural and not chemically
treated, there are fewer chances of diaper rash, skin
irritability and intolerance.
diapers, you will never ‘run out' of diapers. A quick spin
cycle and you have the same cosy, dry comfort ready for
baby all over again. Cloth diaper parents are known to keep
the entire set for the next baby, since the diaper remains
soft and fluffy after months of washing too.
diapers are excellent for travel too. Regular users swear
by their stock of cloth diapers when they plan a holiday or
vacation. Your diaper pail will take care of the messy ones
and baby will travel in the comfort of wearing natural
fabric and experience absorbency that allows you to change
them as you would with disposable diapers.
When you buy disposable diapers, you are throwing away
money with each diaper you throw away with. So many parents
sit and calculate the expense they will incur for something
as basic as a diaper or nappy.
When you chose
Cloth, you chose a system that allows you to reuse the
product you have invested in. Making is more viable
economically! Exactly how much you'll save will vary
depending on which brand of cloth diapers you choose and
also on which disposable diapers you discontinue using.
Whichever way; there will be an immediate and significant
change in your baby related financial planning.
According to a recent report about Disposable Diapers from
, "You can expect to
spend $1,500 to $2,000 or more on disposables by the time
your baby is out of them." Budget can play a large role in
determining what kind of cloth diapering system to
purchase. In 2005, Kimberly Clark, the makers of Huggies,
reported sales of $15.9 billion. Proctor and Gamble
disclosed in their 2005 Annual Report
that Baby Care is
one of their core businesses "with a global share of
approximately 37% of the market behind the strength of
Pampers, with annual sales in excess of $6 billion."
In India, if you use disposables you will end up
spending Rs. 80 on diapers every day, Rs. 2,400 in a month,
Rs. 28,800 in a year and a whopping Rs. 57,600 in two years
which is usually when your baby is likely to be out of
diapers. By using cloth diapers, you can pay yourself
back in just 3 months.
By using cloth diapers, you
save money with each diaper change. The money saved on
diapers can support another area of your family's finances
or could go towards helping someone else less fortunate.
Cloth diaper users have gone on to save enough to start
college funds, plan family events and holidays and better
their standard of living by making one sound choice.
preserve the environment
Every baby who uses disposable diapers can generate as much
as one ton of landfill waste before the age of two. Huge
figure isn't it? Yes it is! Given the ‘garbage' situation
all developed nations are dealing with, a necessity like
diapers cannot afford to create this level of
eco-imbalance. The solutions for this issue don't lie with
governments and corporate's but with individuals, parents,
every day people. Everyday people who can make one wise
decision and change the world.
The instructions on a
disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter
should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet
less than one half of one percent of all waste from
single-use diapers goes into the sewage system. Yet, over
92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill. No one
knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to
decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years,
long after your children, grandchildren and great, great,
great grandchildren will be gone.
are the third largest single consumer item in landfills,
and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a
child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household
waste. Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid
waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude
oil and wood pulp.3
The manufacture and use
of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water
wasted than cloth. And, over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds
of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used
to produce disposable diapers for one baby every year.
To compound matters, based on a report from the
Women's Environmental Network, The Real Diaper Association
- Disposable diapers are the third
most common consumer product in landfills today.
- A disposable diaper may take over
500 years to decompose.
- One baby in disposable diapers
will contribute at least 1 ton of waste to your local
Some questions you may have about
|Do people really
still use cloth diapers?
Traditional nappies or cloth nappies have been a staple for
mothers in India for generations and even now it is
probably the convenience factor that drives an Indian
mother's decision of buying disposable diapers.
Modernization and a paucity of time along with more mothers
out working has made women move on from cloth diapers and
choose disposable. It is understandable but maybe not a
diapering has become quite the in thing to do, especially
among environmentally conscious parents. All of the new
choices in cloth diapers have made it as easy to use cloth
diapers as it is to use disposable diapers. This
realization is now coming into India as well, where parents
are determined to make wholesome choices that include
comfort, convenience, budget and of course the
Our bumGenius Elemental
and Flip inserts
are all organic while the
rest of the diapers are made with natural cloth and are as
easy and comforting for the baby's skin.
|I know how many
disposables I will end up using but how many cloth diapers
will my baby need?
Though a newborn can easily go through 8-12 cloth diapers
in a day, an older baby doesn't need quite as many diapers,
but you should still plan for 8 diaper changes and an
overnight solution. Depending upon how heavy a wetter your
baby is, you can purchase inserts as you experience the
change your baby goes through in their toilet habits. Cloth
diapers are easy to wash and easy to maintain, which means
a standard stock can support your needs over 2 years and
these can also be kept for your next baby. That's the real
value of a product like cloth diapers.
Our FLIP day pack
gives you 6 diaper
changes. The bumGenius 12 pack
gives you 12 diaper
changes and the Econobum
gives you 12 diapers changes.
everyone else buy?
Our best selling diapers is the bumGenius 4.0
, this is a one-size stay
dry cloth diaper (this is a pocket diaper that comes with 2
microfiber inserts) and the bumGenius Elemental
diaper (this is an all organic diaper that is an all in one
piece). The simple yet functional design makes cloth
diapering as easy as using disposables. The "no-stuff"
system with semi-attached inserts is an ideal solution for
families with a child in day-care or family members
resistant to cloth diapers! By using the snaps on the front
of the diaper, the size can be adjusted, all you do is put
the diaper on your baby, wash, dry and re-use. No extra
steps. No stuffing. No cover required.
|What do you
We usually recommend bumGenius
Elemental as the best most
absorbent diaper, this diaper has an absorbent layer
integrated into the waterproof outer layer, it is a one
step cloth diaper - no add-ons with snap closures to ensure
a trim fit. And the soft leg elastic contains the mess!
For day use we suggest Flip diapers
, where you can choose
from the Organic variant or the StayDry special. If you are
looking for the most economical solution then we have Econobum
diapers to get you started,
our Full Kit
gives you everything you need
to cloth diaper with 12 diaper changes.
|My baby is in a
day-care. Will I be able to use cloth diapers?
Most Day-care centres in India expect the parents to
provide a stock of diapering solutions for their babies.
Most parents keep a bag of disposable diapers with the hope
that the centre will be vigilant and careful. In most cases
the baby is either changed too frequently (at changing time
for the whole lot) or too infrequently. Both of which are
harmful for baby. Since modern cloth diapers are worn and
removed just like disposable diapers and are padded to
retain as much moisture, there is no difference in managing
All you have to do is request
the Day-care authorities to bag the used diapers for you to
collect when you pick up baby. Given the health, budget and
environmental advantages of cloth diapers, the Day-care
Centre will be glad you made such an aware choice to begin
We suggest the Flip Day Packs
for day-care babies,
since these are easy to use, easy to store and easy to
|What do I do
about the poop?
Good question! I think everybody asks us this question. It
is important to note that it is EASY!
First of all,
your baby will go through different stages as they grow.
Poop tends to change as your baby grows.
- Breastfed baby poop is water
soluble. You do not need to remove breastfeed baby poop
- Around 4-6 months of age, many
babies start solids through cereal. At this point, stools
transition to a thicker consistency. For best results,
this should be removed (as much as possible) from your
diapers prior to washing.
- Formula fed and older babies
typically have firmer stools. This should also be removed
from your diapers prior to washing. It is easy to shake
firmer stools off of the diaper into the toilet (no spray
or liner required).
|Are cloth diapers
tough to keep clean?
No not at all. Considering that, we as Indians come from a
history of cloth diapering, diapers are very much a part of
a laundry load. Except now the convenience of washing
machines has made this chore less cumbersome and time
Basic Washing Routine:
- As you would with the rest of
your laundry, separate your diapers into like materials.
Wash natural fibres separately from synthetics.
- Wash the entire load on cold with
detergent. Washing once in cold water is important to
remove leftover "poop" from your diapers.
- Wash the entire load again on
warm or hot - also with detergent.
- Do a second rinse.
- We recommend that you line dry
your diaper covers, pocket diapers and anything made with
hook & loop closures. Virtually everything else can be
tumble tried on medium.
If you're having problems with diapers that stink
- Try an extra rinse. Sometimes
detergent residue can cause diapers to smell.
- Wash once with liquid Dawn (the
blue formula). Use 1 teaspoon in a front loader and 1
tablespoon in a top loader. Rinse well.
- If the previous solutions don't
work, try 1/4 cup of bleach in the warm/hot wash cycle.
should I avoid?
Do not use detergents containing pure soap, enzymes, fabric
whiteners or fabric brighteners. If your cloth diapers are
made with hook and loop closures, do not wash them with
natural fibers. Natural fibers produce lint that will build
up in the diaper's closures. This will shorten the lifespan
of your closures.
Do not use rash creams
without a barrier between your baby's bottom and the
diaper. Do not boil your diapers
|My diapers are
stained. Now what?
The best stain remover is the sun! Wash your diapers and
then lay them out wet on the lawn with the stain facing the
sun. It usually only takes a few hours before the stains
are gone! If some remnants of the stain still linger, rinse
the load again and repeat the process.
|What do you do
with stinky diapers or covers?
Wash your diapers again! Most of the time, stinky diapers
just aren't clean yet. Detergent residue or build up may
also cause odours to be retained. Check the rinse water to
make sure that you don't see suds. If you do, use less
detergent. Or you could try 1/4 cup of bleach in a large
hot wash load.
|My diapers smell
like ammonia after being worn. What should I do to fix this
The chief culprit for an ammonia smell is detergent scent
or detergent residue. Make sure that you are using an extra
rinse when washing your diapers and that you are using a
detergent that does not contain any perfumes. A warm wash
with 1/4 cup of bleach may be occasionally necessary to