Start the new decade off right with a New Year’s resolution that makes both the earth and your baby happy. Use cloth diapers every day. Not only does this resolution come with a load of benefits (pun not intended), but it’s easy to implement with some savvy tips.
This New Year’s Resolution Benefits
New Year’s resolutions in general are designed to make life better. The resolution to use cloth diapers makes things better for your baby and the earth. How’s that?
For starters, your baby is likely to experience fewer rashes and skin irritations. Cloth diapers give your baby’s skin more breathability. Your baby also gets to avoid the chemicals and components used in disposable diapers, which can also result in itchy red skin.
Saving money is another plus, as you won’t be literally throwing money away with each diaper change. Once you make the initial investment to stock up on cloth diapers, they can be used and re-used for years and new babies to come. You’ll also always have a diaper on hand, even if the nearest store is closed.
And how do cloth diapers benefit the earth?
About 20 billion – yes, billion – dirty disposable diapers are piled into U.S. landfills every year. Yikes is right! Not only do they contribute approximately 3.5 million tons of waste, they bring along pathogens that can seep into the environment. Yuck is right!
Cloth Diaper Tips
So you’re on board with the eco-friendly New Year’s resolution of using cloth diapers. Now what? Research the different styles out there, then pick the one that works for you. Things to consider include:
- Your budget
- Ease of use in general
- Materials, with natural materials like cotton and hemp easier to clean than synthetic fibers
- Where the baby will be, such as home, daycare, traveling, to determine ease of use in such situations
Diaper systems that include an interior diaper and exterior cover are a popular choice. You probably want around 24 interior diapers for the infant stage and another 24 for the toddler stage, along with six covers for the infant stage and four covers for the toddler stage.
Get a diaper pail for easy storage. Unfold and shake off diaper debris as needed before placing them in the pail. Plan to empty out and wash all diapers in the pail at least every two days to keep things sanitary.
Wash cloth diapers in a natural, fragrance-free laundry detergent like Charlie’s Soap. In addition to being gentle on fabrics and tough on stains, Charlie’s Soap natural laundry detergent is hypoallergenic and rinses totally clean. That means no residue left in the diaper fabric, or even your washing machine.
Using Charlie’s Soap natural detergent is also good for the earth. Just as keeps your diapers and washing machine clean, it helps to keep your home’s pipes and the city’s pipes and manholes clean and odor-free. That gives you extra credit in the eco-friendly category, making your New Year’s resolution a fine one indeed. Stock up on Charlie’s Soap natural laundry detergent today.