What are the benefits of cloth diapering?
Over the last decade many mothers around the world have started to cloth diaper but does this growing trend really make sense or are we just all wannabe hippies jumping on the tree hugging bandwagon.
Pros and cons, you make up your own mind :
1) Plastic vs cotton – A happy baby is a happy mother some say. Cloth diapers have a soft internal cotton structures that allows for better breathability and fit, which is more like a cotton underwear than a plastic one.
Baby wearing disposable diaper vs Baby wearing cloth diaper
We cannot assume that all individuals like wearing breathable cotton undies themselves, there may be individuals that enjoy wearing plastic undies for whatever reason and feel they should start the kids of young. For the rest of yous imagine how it would feel to have plastic scratching against your skin, marking your body the whole day, and then tell me if you feel like smiling on demand afterwards.
2) Rage against the rash: With quality cloth diapers every part that touches the child is cotton therefor there is no reaction to plastic materials when urine is introduced. The organic materials used in making some Cloth Diapers like Grovia are made of materials such as organic cotton hence a parent would worry less about baby’s skin reacting against chemicals in plastic when urine is produced.
Although there is overwhelming feedback from parents that are grateful to cloth diapers for eradicating rashes from babies bottoms, on the other side of the scale, rashes worldwide have been outraged by the development of Cloth Diapers. They have not been able to flourish of babies bottoms as much anymore like they used to, back in the good old days of disposable diapers. Poor rashes.
So the question we really need to ask ourselves, which team do we want to support:
Team Rashes vs Team Healthy Bums
3) Get on that bog kiddo – One of the biggest comments reported by Cloth Diapering parents worldwide is that their children potty train faster. There is also overwhelming proof online that ever since the introduction of disposable diapers in the 1950s children have been potty training later in life.
4) Cloth diapering is so expensive !!! …..Really????!!!
The cost of using disposable diapers using the best selling disposable diaper in Malaysia:
0-2 months of age @ 12 diapers per day x 30 days
Cost per 1 day = RM 18.00
Cost per month = RM 1,080 (USD 257)
2-6 months of age @ 10 diapers per day X 30 days
Cost per 1 day = RM 58.00
Cost per month = RM 6,960 (USD 1,657)
6-12 months of age @ 8 diapers per day X 30 days
Cost per 1 day = RM 22.00
Cost per month = RM 3,960 (USD 942)
12-24 months of age @ 7 diapers per day X 30 days
Cost per 1 day = RM 10.00
Cost per month = RM 3,600 (USD 857)
24-30 months of age @ 6 diapers per day X 30 day
Cost per 1 day = RM 10.00
Cost per month = RM 1,800 (USD 428)
30-36 months of age @ 6 diapers per day X 30 days
Cost per 1 day = RM 10.00
Cost per month = RM 1,800 (USD 428)
Total cost up to 36 months RM 19,200 (USD 4,571)
*At the time of writing this article the exchange rate used was MYR 4.20 = USD 1.00
Using cloth diapers such as Grovia for example:
Tiny Tapir Live set ( RM 1,600 = USD 380) : 12 Shells, 24 Soakers , which from reports of customers suffices.
Disposable diapers vs cloth diapers: RM 19, 200 – RM 1,600 = RM 17,600 savings even if you purchased 2 Live savings will total to RM 16,000 savings
5) If looks matter:
Maybe plastic chic will be in next fall.
6) A little effort goes a long way – But cloth diapering is just so hard ..blah blah blah
No additional waste besides human waste, reuse, keep our planet clean, think about your children’s future planet, teach by example.
We are all aware of the effects of what happens after we throw away a disposable diaper.
To learn more about Cloth Diaper visit at http://www.tinytapir.com
How often do we hear the words spoken ‘’made in China goods are rubbish in quality’’? Such comments would generally appear to be true considering the flood of poorly made products exiting this East Asian nation. China is a nation that has over the last 20 years earned the reputation as the ‘world’s factory’. It goes without saying that many of our goods at home today are made in China, however does the reputation China made goods has earned really do it justice?
I am a Sales executive at Tiny Tapir in Bangasar Village and it is not uncommon for customers to ask me almost on a daily basis where each and every product we sell is made. I do feel that the stigma of China made goods has spoiled it for many good quality China made products.
An example of this are Zoobies. Zoobies are a wonderful 3 in 1 plush toy, pillow and blanket item for children that is made under strict guidelines from their US brand owner, however the product is made in China. The Zoobies product could easily pass for an item made in the US or any developed nation.
As a Sales Executive many products pass my hands, also evaluating products to sell at the outlet is part of my job and truthfully speaking many products are made in China but their quality vary greatly. There are those products made in China that look like they are made in China, stuff that you’ll find at a Pasar Malam and there are those usually but not always Western Branded China goods made under strict supervision and requirements such as Zoobies.
Let us not forget where our IPhones, IPads or Macs are made, Apple is an American brand but the product as a whole is assembled in China with many parts sourced from China as well, however the only that sets Apple apart from let’s say Xiaomi is that the brand Western. Yes of course we all know that the experience of an IPhone is far superior but it is still a China made product.
Now let us not place western brands on a pedestal but there are some brands coming out of other parts of the world that have quality just as equivalent as western brands. Manufacturers throughout the world know very well that Asian and Western customers alike prefer buying Western brands hence some Asia brand owners/manufacturers have gone as far as setting up an office in a Western country to provide an image of brand credibility. It is sad that Asian brands have to go to this extent to prove their quality and avoid negative perception, in time we hope this attitude with erode and give way to a pride of ASEAN made goods. Only through time of consistent quality reinforcing itself into the psyche of people will perceptions change. Similar to the process of perceptions revamping that Korean car manufacturers are struggling with but in decades to come if quality and innovation is maintained Korean car manufacturers will be just as good as Japanese car manufacturers. Well at least we can hope.
We at Tiny Tapir try to support small manufacturers. We believe that going local and ASEAN is the way forward, reducing our carbon footprint and reliance on foreign made goods. We aim to bring under our wing more and more ASEAN made goods and brands in the near future.
In conclusion let us try to be more discerning when making decisions on China made goods and let us not blindly blanket all China goods under one general negative comment, for as we know there are different types of quality coming out of China. Secondly let’s try to support and give a helping hand to small manufacturers and ASEAN goods to break into the market. Together we can make a difference as consumers.
If you are a cloth diapering mama or papa you are definitely feeling the water rationing effects very badly this month.
We may have a little relief for you with the GroVia Hybrid Biosoakers. Buy 2 this month and get 20% off. This will hopefully tide you over in those spots where clean cloth diapers are hard to come by until the rationing exercise ends on 31st March.
Biosoakers are disposable inserts suitable for use with any PUL cloth diaper cover (GroVia shells, Thirsties covers, Flip covers etc) – just don’t use the sticky tab if you are using a diaper cover with exposed PUL inners (it will be harder to remove the sticky).
Biosoakers are fragrance, dye, chlorine and plastic free with an ultra thin construction. They are made of 100% super soft Ingeo on-woven fibers which are renewable resource free of synthetic chemicals and preservatives. They are compostable! They also contain a minimal amount of SAP (a super absorbent polymer which absorbs a lot of liquid but also can absorb too much drying out your baby’s skin. It also releases that unique “disposable diaper smell” – a gas which is thought to contribute to childhood asthma).
Why choose a biosoaker instead of a full disposable diaper (even if it’s a compostable disposable diaper) ? Here’s why:
It’s not a very pleasant time to be in Malaysia right now, what with the water restrictions & the terrible haze.
We can’t do much to ease the pain, but we are putting the Wrapsody Duo Water Wraps on sale.
If you don’t have one yet and you have a young infant or a baby, this can be a lifesaver – you can save water by showering with your baby.😉
Or you can take a beach holiday on the East Coast and bring this wrap along to splish splash. Doesn’t this look nice?
One of the best things – the wrap provides SPF-15 protection!
As we’re getting ready to release the new design of Kiwi Pie cloth diaper in Malaysia we have found ourselves with 6 lonely older style kiwi pie in the chickadee print.
Just so we don’t mix up our stock – we’re letting them go below cost at 50% off. These are fantastic night time worthy diapers made of bamboo and lycra fabric. Super absorbent, perfectly stretchy, they are a big crowd favorite among the fitted diaper crowds.
Here’s a video featuring the older style Kiwi Pie we’re clearancing :
And if you click the Chickadee diaper below you’ll go straight to our online store listing
.. why not check out some gorgeously smelly Dirt Candles for the festive season?
We only have a few of these left. Why do we love them?
1. They smell great (no harsh synthetic smells here)
2. The melted soy makes a lovely scented moisturizer (seriously, the scent lasts a long time when used as a moisturizer)
3. Less soot than traditional beeswax or palm candles
Want some independent Dirt Candle love? Check out the reviews here :