MCNP Blog Carnival: Why Cloth Diapers?

Lyndel at 7 months

This post is written for the MCNP EB/Expo Blog Carnival with the theme “The Modern Cloth Nappy: The Practical Choice for Moms Today”  We aim to share and spread the knowledge and encourage moms to switch to cloth diapers.  Please scroll below to read the other carnival posts about switching to cloth, cloth diaper styles or preferred diaper for specific times. 

When I was 6 months pregnant with Lyndel, I made the decision to put him on cloth diapers. I actually found out about the cloth diapers by accident. I was browsing one of the online shopping site for baby products when I saw the Happy Heinys’ pocket diapers, it was love at first sight! (Super cute designs!) After that, I wore my research hat and read up more on cloth diapers.

So why did I choose cloth diapers over disposables? Let me list the ways. 

1. Good for the environment – It is no secret that disposables take years and years to decompose. I once read an article that when viewed from the sky, the Pacific rim is lined up with disposable diapers waiting for years to decompose. Realizing that I will be a Mom soon and I’ll have to clothe my child, I can’t bear to think that I’ll be contributing to this universal problem on waste management. So dito pa lang, sold out na ako to use cloth diapers.

2. Healthier for baby – As I continued to read up, I discovered that cloth diapering is actually healthier for babies since you change their diapers right away. It prevents diaper rashes as compared to being soaked for hours using disposables.  When Lyndel was an infant, we changed his nappies every two hours depending on his urine cycle. And I also found out about the harmful effects of the long-term use of disposables. 🙁

3. Friendly to Mommy’s wallet – For some Mommies, this may be a debatable factor.  When I first decided to go cloth, I made a matrix comparison of the costs of using disposables versus the investment of purchasing your cloth diaper stash. At first, it  seemed expensive  because the initial purchase was higher. But in the long run, it gave me more savings. I just had to control myself not to buy all the brands all at once! Haha

Flashback to 2010: I was a super excited Mom-to-be that I even
practiced on our office teddy bear 🙂

4. Potty Training will be easier – In one of my reading sessions, I learned that cloth diapered babies will be easier to potty train. I actually didn’t put high expectations on this one because I didn’t want to stress myself with potty training. I figured I won’t train Lyndel until I think he is ready. To my suprise, I discovered October of last year that Lyndel had already been potty training himself! I didn’t even get to buy him training pants anymore. He just removes his diaper when he fee’s he is about to pee or poo and goes on searching for his potty. What can I say? I guess this is one the benefits that just happen naturally, no need to even work on it.

5. Cuter designs and varied systems – And of course, for all the kikay Moms out there, who wouln’t want cute and adorable diapers for their babies? Well, the great news is that there are a lot of designs we can choose from. And also, it’s a blessing that we already have a good number of choices available here in our country. That wasn’t the case back in 2010. I scoured the internet for different sources just so I can try and test different brands and systems. I tried different diaper systems  (well, modestly) For the all-in-ones and pockets –  Happy Heinys, Rocky Mountain, Next9, Alva, ClueBebe. For the diaper cover + prefolds, I used Thirsties and Zippy Dypes Newbies, Countour and different prefold brands. This topic on the different diaper systems would need another blog post. 🙂

So there, if you’ll ask me if I’m a cloth diaper advocate, my answer is a big YES!!! I recommend it to all the families out there! Back in 2010, I even had to fight for it because the people around me thought I was being a silly and frivolous pregnant girl. Well, I’m glad I stuck with what I believed in. That’s Momma power for  you!

Here are some of the online stores where I bought my diapers

Jenny Ong  of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom also sells diapers in her store – Mama Baby Love 
Cheers!

Chrissy

Do visit the other blog carnival participants and share some love 🙂

Chronicles of a Nursing Mom
Organized Junk
Adventures on Planet Mom
Maria Masungit
Buntis
Ash ‘n Boo 
Kingdom Cow

To know more about the cloth diaper movement and to meet like-minded Moms, join the MCNP’s Grand EB and Expo on March 24!



Comments

  1. wow dami mo nang nasubukan. ngayon ko lang narinig yang rocky mountain.

  2. Hello Maria! 🙂 Very good ang performance ng Rocky Mountain. The quality din of workmanship is great! I bought it at Pinoy Baby store. I just don’t know if it’s still available :)I considered it the Holy Grail of cloth diapers hehehe

  3. i agree on the toilet training! in our case, takot ako madumihan ang diaper! so i became more attuned to the signals of E.. so when we see him straining.. straight to the toilet! 😉

    • Hi Jen! I also had that fear, hahaa, sa sobrang cute ng designs, ayokong madumihan. hahaha. I even dreaded the breastfed baby poo when Lyndel was still a newborn just because ayoko madumihan ang diaper.

  4. dami mong na try pala. kami we tried alva. we liked it and eventually stuck to it.

    • Hello 🙂 ung diaper that my son is wearing (photo above) is actually Alva, I think 🙂 Excellent performance din 🙂 It’s just too bad that I only found out about Alva at the time na marami nang cloth diapers si Lyndel 🙂 But I love Alva 🙂

  5. uu, parang wala na yung brand na yun. Inisa isa ko lahat ng online stores dati eh. wala naman akong nakitang ganon brand.

    • Ako naman, I even contacted online stores in Malaysia and got their price list haha. But then, at that time, nasayangan ako sa shipping fee haha

  6. Heehee, I practiced cloth diapering on stuffed toys too! XD

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