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:

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              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:

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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 http://www.tinytapir.com 

 

 

Counterfeit Ergobabys!

I received this email from Ergobaby in the USA :

Important Notice: Counterfeit ERGObaby Carriers are being manufactured (in China we believe), carrying our logo, but are of inferior quality.


Over the past few months, EBC has become aware of a number of unauthorized Internet sellers of fake ERGObaby carriers, mostly on EbayEbaytype sites like Taobaoand on Chinese blog sites.  These counterfeit carriers are manufactured with inferior materials and workmanship, thus posing a safety hazard.  Of course, no warranty protection is offered with respect to counterfeit products.

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Babywearing product review – a win for Moby & Ergo!

5 baby carriers were reviewed on DoubleX today for a new parent with a newborn baby.

Out of the 5 reviewed she recommends the Ergo & the Moby Wrap – both carriers that Tiny Tapir stocks 🙂

We love the Moby wrap for newborns, it’s our highest recommendation and I think so crucial for those first few weeks.  The Moby is very versatile and not as difficult as it looks, it comfortably keeps the baby closest to the carrier compared to all the other carriers.  That’s why the Moby is recommended as the number one choice for Kangaroo Mother Care keeping baby close to the parents skin after birth, proven to increase birthweight fast for both full term and premature babies.

The reviewer brings up the common complaint about the Moby for Malaysia though – because it’s 100% cotton, it is very soft and breathable but the multiple layers makes it hot if you’re not in air conditioning.

We hear you at Tiny Tapir, and we’re doing our best to bring in some Bamboo Fabric wraps – much lighter material and very much cooler – cool enough to be worn to the kopitiam.  (Unfortunately more expensive also as the Bamboo fabric costs more and it is work at home mother made, unlike the Moby which is more like cottage industry).

Meanwhile, the Ergo is the perenniel favorite online and overseas, but don’t forget the other SSCs which arecomparatively supportive carriers. The great value Patapum, the favoritse for Tiny Tapir shoppers, the Scootababy and the Pikkolo carriers (great for smaller moms) and the Angelpacks.

Review on Cloth pads

Paris over at Mywomenstuff came over to Tiny Tapir Baby in Ampang Park about 2 weeks ago to get her crash course in Menstrual Cloth Pads (and crash course it was because we were both short on time!).

She was brave enough to try a couple, and she’s written a pretty thorough review on her blog here

(this was not a paid or sponsored review)

Do hop on over to have a read, and see whether you can be persuaded to try it too 🙂

Breastfeeding

There’s an interesting interview today over at Salon about breastfeeding.

It’s related to a book – “Unbuttoned: Women open up about the pleasures, pains and politics of breast-feeding,” an anthology of stories from women about their experiences of breastfeeding.

The interview is definitely worth reading if you are about to get into breastfeeding.

I especially like this excerpt :

“Woman are constantly told that breast is best — and we definitely believe that it is — but also believe that women go into breast-feeding believing that because it is “natural” it will also come naturally. And for many women it doesn’t. We breast-fed six children between us, and within those experiences faced just about every hiccup imaginable — starting with C-section deliveries, premature or very ill newborns, breast infections, low milk supply, trying to breastfeed while going back to work.

Our hope is that readers, no matter what their experiences, will find essays that really capture what they felt, what they feared, what they hoped, so that they can see they aren’t alone.”

This is exactly what Gina, our lactation consultant also says.

Check out the full interview here.