Benefits of cloth diapering

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.

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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.


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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

Cloth Diapers

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No additional waste besides human waste, reuse, keep our planet clean, think about your children’s future planet, teach by example.

Disposable diapers

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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 



Well there’s no water. So we put this one on sale….

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!

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Kokopax Love

We received some customer love the other day and I just can’t resist sharing (especially since it included some gorgeous photos!).

Although we’re in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this comes from Janna all the way in the USA who received one of our remaining Kokopax Baby Carriers – hers is the EcoPax Classic Bubbles :

“We love the carrier. This is the first time our daughter isn’t screaming to get out. She hated the close body carriers like ergo. We went on a 50min walk the other day and not a peep!”

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In our experience, there are some babes who just will not settle for being held in close confines with a restricted view and some parents who do not want to go on the learning curve for using a wrap in a high back carry, or for whom a high back carry in a wrap is just not convenient. In those cases, the Kokopax definitely comes to the rescue. It’s an “easy on, easy off” kind of carrier, although the addition of the frame does make it bulkier than a simple piece of cloth to be folded up in.

That’s why we stock so many different types of baby carriers (with an eye on ergonomics of course, we have no crotch danglers) – there are a wide range of needs, preferences and considerations for all babywearing parents and babes – the key is finding the perfect solution so any baby can be happily baby-worn by any parent.

Thanks for sharing Janna!

Manduca Baby Carriers Restocked

Tiny Tapir brought the Manduca Soft Structured Baby Carrier to Malaysia earlier this year and it’s already proving a big hit with Malaysian parents.  Babywearing has never been so flexible or stylish!

It works from newborns & is extendable up to 3 year olds – pretty much the most versatile baby carrier we have seen so far.

Pretty adjustable for parents as well with back AND front adjustable shoulder straps (more unusual with most commercially made SSCs you only have 1 adjustment point which is the back strap).

Made in limited edition patterns, and ALL the carriers use 100% organic materials & top of the line buckles. If you’re looking for a baby carrier here in Malaysia, you should definitely come and try this one out.

Tiny Tapir has just re-stocked, come visit us in store 🙂

Click on the image below to see Manduca baby carriers now in store :


Babywearing Class 101 – 1st June 2013

It’s time for another Babywearing Class 101!  Our aim at Tiny Tapir is to see more parents in Malaysia comfortable with babywearing. Sure, strollers are a great tool, but they’re also cumbersome, heavy and not very convenient, what with Malaysia’s uneven pavements.  Babywearing is a great way to be able to leave your stroller at home and really enjoy being one on one in close contact with your baby (and isn’t that what we all want? Better bonding?).

This class will be held in two weeks on the 1st of June 2013.  We are aiming to hold a class on the first Saturday of every month.

Please do make sure to book your seat since space is very limited. We provide very personalised service on the day for you to try all our different types of carriers, so we purposefully prefer to keep class sizes small too.

Babywearing 101

For details, you can see our previous post here

Babywearing Class 101

Babywearing Class 101

Wearing your baby has many advantages to both parent & baby. Here are just a few :


  • Bonding & Closeness. There’s nothing like close contact with your baby to give them a sense of security and comfort, especially loved by most newborns who are instantly calmed by their parent’s heartbeat, scent and touch
  • Safety: What could be safer than keeping your baby on your body?
  • Convenience: Rather than struggling with large bulky strollers, especially on Asia’s less than perfect sidewalks, wearing your baby offers you the maximum mobility & convenience
  • Muscular Development: Being held is the most natural thing in the world for any baby. Being held rather than sitting static in a pram encourages muscular development & greater body awareness. (Not to mention, it helps parents get fit too!)

There are many, many options out there for wearing your baby. It’s easy to get confused by all the choices. Or maybe you have been given a babywearing tool (a sling? a wrap?) that you have no idea how to use.

If you are confused by all the choices available to wear your baby & a little nervous because you aren’t sure if you’re doing it right, this is the perfect introductory course for you.

Our babywearing consultant has been trained by the Babywearing Institute (USA) & not to mention is an avid babywearer herself. She has been advising parents for 3 years on babywearing – if you have a problem, we bet she’s heard it before.

You will be walked through all the different types of carriers, what to be aware of (e.g. head positioning for newborns & leg positioning to avoid hip dysplasia) and how to use each type of carrier. Every type of carrier has its pros and cons – this is where you find out what they are.

About the Class

Class costs RM50.00 to be paid to book your place – but this is 100% redeemable against purchases from Tiny Tapir (i.e. if you buy a carrier, the class costs you nothing)

* We recommend you bring your fed and rested baby. Every participant may bring a ‘helper’ (co-parent, grandparent or nanny)

Class size is maximized at 8 pax

Class Venue : our store on 3F-1D Bangsar Village 2 (next to Fit for 2, Opposite Kid Sports)

About us

Tiny Tapir has the most comprehensive range of babywearing products (baby carriers) in Asia from 3 types of wraps, Mei Tais, 3 brands of Ring Slings, countless brands of Soft Structured Carriers and also Frame Carriers – we can help you to find the best babycarrier for your needs.