21 September 2012

{Cloth 101} Mythbusters

When it comes to cloth diaper myths, I've heard pretty much all of them. There is so much fear surrounding the use of cloth diapers, and yet, so many new moms are opting to use them instead of disposables, choosing to do things the way their moms and grandmas did it, instead of forking out money for bag after bag of disposable.  So, is there some truth in these myths, or is someone just trying to scare you?

You have to touch poop.

(Source: The Portal from Them to Us)
Ah, my favourite. You do not have to touch poop anymore than you would with a disposable. In fact, I would go so far as saying that you'd have to touch poop more with disposables, since many moms complain about the frequent blowouts they get with using disposables - that means poop all over baby's clothes, car seat, etc. Bluergh. 

Clothdiapers are pretty good at keeping poop where it belongs - in the diaper. The good news: before baby is on solids, you don't have to do a thing to the poopy diapers. You just toss it in the pail, same as you would with wet diapers. The poop is completely water soluble, so you can just toss the dirty diapers straight in the wash, where the pre-rinse will get rid of any poop, before cleaning the diapers in the hot wash that follows. 

When baby starts solids, yes, you will have to deal with poop. But I promise, you still don't have to touch it! Before poop becomes ploppable (a solid piece that you can just shake off into the toilet - voila!), all you do is hold the diaper over the toilet and spray the poop off into the bowl. That's it. That is all there is to it. Compare this to poopy diapers stinking up your garbage bin and dealing with poop covered clothes. I know which one I prefer...

Cloth diapers leak

Ummmm, no they don't! They actually absorb quite a bit of pee. The great thing about cloth diapers is that you can add more absorbency if needed, so that leaking need never be an issue. The same as with disposables, different brands fit different babies better, so if your cloth diaper does leak, it might be something as simple as a fit issue - and it's easy to fix that with today's modern, super adjustable cloth diaper options. 

If your baby is a heavy wetter - just add another insert and you're good to go. There is always a solution for leaks (on the rare occasion that they may occur) and many cloth diaper users never have leaks at all.

Cloth diapers cause rashes

Wrong! Studies have actually shown that disposable diapers are much more likely to cause rashes than cloth diapers. I think the reason people think this, is because they still assume cloth diapers to mean terry toweling squares with waterproof covers - and they figure that wetness against a baby's skin must cause rashes. 

This is not the case. Natural fibres against baby's skin are fantastic for letting the skin breathe - a fact which actually decreases the chances of diaper rash. For those babies who are sensitive to wetness on their bum, there are many stay-dry options available - most pocket diapers in fact have a stay-dry interior lining which wicks moisture away from the skin, leaving baby feeling dry and comfortable. 

Cloth diapers are so good at keeping babies rash-free that many cloth diapering moms (myself included) do not feel the need to use a preventative diaper cream on their baby at all. And when they do, a thin layer of something natural like coconut oil (excellent for the skin!) or olive oil and beeswax does the trick to protect baby's bottom. No need for thick applications of bum creams with who-knows-what in them at every diaper change.

Which of these myths have you heard or believe(d)? Or have you heard some other ones?

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