You have worries about replacing your children’s diapers because of the quality or the price of regular diapers, but you have heard of washable diapers and you want to know more, discover in this article the advantages and disadvantages of washable diapers.
Definition and advantages of washable diapers
Reusable diaper system, composed of a waterproof part, an absorbent plant fiber mat and a disposable paper protective veil, washable diapers do not produce waste. They are made from organically grown cotton or untreated bamboo fiber (such as Piwapee, B’bies, BBNK, Bambinex…), which is 4 to 6 times more absorbent than cotton. But to have a baby as dry as possible, it’s best to put, in addition to the diaper, a liner that enhances absorption, and a paper pad that you throw with each change in the toilet. That’s still three manipulations instead of one, but they don’t produce 800 kg of waste like complete diapers, which take up to 500 years to degrade.
On the health side, we know that toddler’s skin is fragile and more receptive to irritation of all kinds. The washable diapers, made of natural fibers, provide better breathing to the skin and a lower temperature.
As for the cost, if it is estimated that a child is clean at around 2 and a half years old, disposable diapers cost, on average, 1,700 euros, compared to 900 euros for washable diapers.
Being made of fabrics, you can embroider them, choose prints and even match them to the clothes he wears.
The disadvantages of washable diapers
Since they are reusable, you will need to wash them, let them dry and store them folded before using them again. Of course, it’s not as convenient as using and throwing it away. You’ll also need to know when to start the washing machine so you don’t run out of diapers. If not washed well, they can cause odors and problems. If you are away from home and need to change the diaper, you are required to keep it in a bag until you get home and wash it. Many nurseries and nurseries are unwilling to deal with cloth diapers.
As you can see, there are a lot of really great advantages to choosing cloth diapers. However, the disadvantages are also significant, so you should take this into account before making your choice.