Why Cloth?

It's simple. Health!

Let's face facts, a baby's wellbeing is the most important thing to a parent. So why not make choices that reflect your awareness of harmful things to baby. Did you know that a baby's skin is more porous and thinner than adults? This means that baby's skin absorbs things very easily. So making the right choices about what's next too or applied on baby's skin is very important.

At Eorthe Cild, we only provide the highest quality of products that have been researched and proven to be 100% chemical free of things that are harmful to baby. Since baby's first two years are spent almost entirely in diapers, that would make diapers pretty high on the list of priorities when planning for the arrival of little feet. This information is to help aide you on your journey to diapers 101.

Did you know that a baby's skin is more porous and thinner than adults? This means that baby's skin absorbs things very easily. The average baby goes through 5,000-8,000 diapers before being toilet trained. In the USA alone, 18 billion dirty diapers annually are tossed into landfills and left to sit 200-500 years until they decompose. These 18 billion diapers add up to 82,000 tons of plastic and 1.3 million tons of wood pulp (250,000 trees).

Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills and represents about 4% of solid waste. In a household with a baby in diapers, disposables make up about 50% of the household waste. When you toss a disposable diaper into the trash, you are adding to the 84million pounds of fecal matter going into the environment each year.

Have you ever read the side of a disposable diaper package? Well surprisingly, printed on every disposable diaper package, are instructions for rinsing the diaper out and flushing the fecal material down the toilet before you put the diaper in the trash. I must confess, I have never seen anyone rinse out a disposable diaper, or dump the poop into the toilet before they toss it. Have You?

Rinse or no rinse, these figures are staggering and constantly growing each year with the birth of new babies. On the other hand, the average biodegradable disposable diaper takes about 150 days to one year to decompose. Still thinking this eco-conscious lifestyle is a fad? You should seriously rethink that.

The archaic days of boiling cloth diapers are gone, modern cloth diapers are surprisingly easy to use and save parents lots of money. So throw out those easy excuses like, it's too much work, I don't have the time, it will double my laundry, or here's my personal favorite, the day care provider doesn't do cloth.

The best way to ensure your family has the safest things, is to do your own research. Know what you're putting on your baby and in their mouths. That research does not stop at cloth diapers, it includes cribs, food, paint, baby care, bedding, clothing and anything they eat, sleep, and do daily. One of the best ways to start your research, is by comparing figures, brands and choices to make the best decisions for baby and your family. Here are a few figures to get you started.

Diaper Cost Breakdown

You will be changing baby approximately 10-12 times a day which breaks down to the following:

Conventional Diapers

76-91 diapers a week

304-365 diapers a month

3650-4380 diapers a year

For example: 10 X 365 =3650 (Diapers X Year=Total)

The average cost of disposal diapers for one child a year from birth to potty training is approximately $2400-$3000.

Cloth Diapers

18-36 cloth a week

18-36 cloth a month

18-36 cloth a year

Note:This number does not change because cloth diapers are reusable. These amounts vary depending on the type of disposal or cloth diapers you use.

The average cost of cloth diapers for one child a year from birth to potty training a year is approximately $200-$750.

Now you do the math. Using conventional diapers might be easier, but in the long run conventional diapers will cost you twice the money. But wait, those figures don't begin to cover if you are blessed to have multiple babies, because each of those totals will double per child. Using cloth diapers, can cut your costs tremendously to more than half the yearly cost of a conventional diaper. The best thing about cloth diapers is, they're reusable, healthy, safe and better for our planet.

I'm sure you're wondering where to get started at this point, so lets break down some cloth terms. These are a few tips I've put together on cloth types, brands, detergents, diapers and other things to look for when making choices that will be floating around on your journey through the world of cloth.

Tips On Cloth

TYPES OF CLOTH

All-in One

Cloth Cover

Flat

Fitted

Insert

One-Size

Pocket

Pre-Fold

CLOTH BRANDS

G-Diapers

Sloomb

Bummis

bumGenius

Babee Greens

Mother Ease

Storchenkinder

OsoCozy

NON-COVER ALTERNATIVES

Bambo Nature

If you decide not to use cloth, but still want a eco-conscious diaper choice for baby and the planet, this list of alternative eco-conscious diaper choices are great non-covers.

Washing Cloth

Buying laundry detergent isn't one of those optional things you buy for baby. I loved Tide detergent when I was growing up, but that was before I found the problem with most detergents is, that they leave a residue on clothing that is absorbed by our skin and inhaled.This leftover residue can cause a multitude of issues, such as eye or skin irritation,endocrine disruption, allergic breakouts and more.This is even more likely on a child's delicate skin.

Manufactures are not required to disclose their "Trade Secrets"of what's actually in their detergents. Without this disclosure, there are many undisclosed ingredients in detergents we use, that could be harmful to us.

Does baby need their own detergent? No, but you probably need to change yours. Why not cut cost by having one detergent that the whole family can use, which also cuts your number of laundry loads. Think about how many times throughout the day baby leans, sleeps, chews, and sits up against you and your clothing, that same residue that is left over from washing with the icky detergent can get in baby's mouth or on their skin. If you don't plan to change your detergent and it has harmful icky chemicals in it, then baby definitely needs their own detergent.

A great tip to try months before baby is born, is compile a few detergent samples from the brands you are comparing, and wash your clothing in them to see how they work and what pros or cons they might offer baby. You can go a step further by buying one or two diaper covers and also washing them in the sample detergents to see how they compare in the way they wash. Eorthe Cild will gladly provide samples of laundry detergents for you to try at anytime.

Tip:Check out Eorthe Cild's"Sample Mondays" for a great way to sample eco-conscious goods you are considering for baby.

BABY SAFE DETERGENTS

Biokleen

Charlie's Soap (Amazing!)

Dropps

Eco-Me

Eco Sprout

Grab Green

Rocking Green (Unscented)

Sonett

Tandi's Naturals

LOOK FOR THE ICKY'S

Colorants

Fragrance/Parfum

Formaldehyde

Parabens

Petroleum/Mineral Oil

Bleach

Optical/chemical brighteners (benzene)

Phenols (BPA)

Dyes

Sulfates Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)

Preservatives

LOOK FOR ICKY FREE

Chemical Free

Fragrance free (phthalates)

Gentle on baby's skin

Dye Free

Biodegradable

Non-toxic

Non-irritating

Safe for the environment

Plant-based ingredients (make sure you check the actual ingredients listed)

Effective on baby stains

Always check a detergent that claims to have specific ingredients like plant-based, because sometimes companies "Greenwash" by using a specific term, but actually don't have any of those ingredients in their detergents.

Terms:

All-In One
An all-in one is a fitted diaper that has an outer waterproof layer.

Baby Wipes
A baby wipe is a moistened, disposable, often antiseptic towel used chiefly for cleansing the skin especially of babies and children.

Cloth Covers
A cloth cover is usually made of some sort of cloth, plastic, vinyl or waterproof polyester material and is needed with pre-fold, flat, and fitted diapers to keep wetness contained. Using a natural fiber cover is always the best choice for baby and the planet.

Contour
A contour diaper is similar to a prefold except, they don't need to be folded in order to fit through the legs since they are tapered in the leg area. Contours do not have their own closures.

Diaper Pail
A diaper pail is used to store dirty diapers between washings. The diaper pail or liner can be washed along with your dirty diapers.

Diaper Pin
A diaper pin is an oversized safety pin used for fastening and holding a babies cotton cloth diaper in place.

Diaper Sprayer
A diaper sprayer easily attaches to most toilets and allows you to spray and rinse your dirty diapers over your toilet. A diaper sprayer is similar to the pull out spout you might have on your kitchen sink. Since you don't want blobs of surprises in your washing machine, you should consider getting a diaper sprayer so you can rinse off the poop over the toilet before washing.

Dioxin
Dioxin is a highly toxic compound produced as a byproduct in some manufacturing processes, notably herbicide production and paper bleaching. It is a serious and persistent environmental pollutant.

Doubler
A doubler, often also called a booster, is a way of adding more absorbency to a cloth diaper. A booster is usually made of 2 to 4 layers of fabric, depending upon the blend and is cut smaller than the main body of the diaper. The purpose is to add absorbency to a diaper for naps, nights, and sometimes for older toddlers. When choosing a doubler, you want it to be absorbent enough to work without being so broad and large that it effects the fit at the legs of the diaper, which could ultimately cause leaks. A doubler or booster that has a stay-dry top on one side of it is also a nice choice if they will be used at nights or for naps.

Endocrine Disruption
Endocrine Disruption are chemicals that, at certain doses, can interfere with the endocrine (or hormone) system in mammals. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.

Flat
A flat diaper refers to a large flat piece of fabric usually a single layer of cotton, hemp, or other natural fibers, that can be folded and used as an insert in a cloth diaper.

Fitted
A fitted diaper resembles disposable diapers, but are fastened with either Velcro or snaps. A cover with snaps are not only the better eco-conscious choice, but snaps give more longevity to a diaper. Velcro is not good for the planet and wears out very easily.

Greenwashing
Greenwashing is when a company, government or other group promotes green-based environmental initiatives or images but actually operates in a way that is damaging to the environment or in an opposite manner to the goal of the announced initiatives. Greenwashing can make a company appear to be more environmentally friendly than it really is.

Hybrid
A hybrid fitted diaper is a fitted diaper that has a hidden body liner in which the inner lining can be thrown away or reusable and the outer shell is washed between uses. The liner helps the diaper to be more effective and keep baby drier.

Insert
An insert is the absorbent part of the cloth diaper. Inserts are usually rectangular-shaped and fit inside a pocket diaper, cover, or shell.

Liner
A liner was created to ease the clean-up of a cloth diaper and to keep baby's skin dry inside the diaper. A liner is placed atop the length of the inside of a baby's diaper which forms a layer of protection for baby's sensitive skin. There are both reusable and single-use liners available.

Nappy
A nappy is the European word for a diaper.

One-Size
A one size diaper refers to a diaper that fits most babies from birth through potty training. A one-size diaper can be adjusted to fit different shapes and sizes of babies from 7lbs to 40lbs and more. To adjust most one-size diapers use snaps or elastic that can easily be adjusted to fit your growing baby at any size.

Organic
Organic cotton is a cotton fiber, which has been grown according to the principles and rules of organic agriculture. These rules are very strict and are defined by a law from the European Union. Organic agriculture uses no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

Pocket
A pocket diaper consist of a water proof outer layer, a stay-dry inner layer, and a pocket opening in which to insert a soaker.

Pre fold
A pre-fold diaper is a rectangular shaped diaper that is divided lengthwise in three sections and can be enclosed in a Velcro- or snap-fastened diaper, or with safety pins.

Snappi
Snappis are a brand name diaper fastener that can easily fasten a pre-fold or flat diaper without the use of pins.These are great!

Soaker
The term soaker is used to describe the middle, absorbent layer of a diaper. This layer is often made of a different material than the rest of the diaper.

Stash
A stash refers to a collection of cloth diapers. You will definitely want a stash with a new baby!

Spay Pal
The Spray Pal helps water from spraying everywhere when using the sprayer. When not in use, it folds down flat and can be placed it into a wet bag and hung on a hook to keep it out of the way.

Trade Secrets
A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by others, and which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers.

Training Pants
A training pant is an aid for toilet training, that usually is a brief or short made of cotton with added thickness.

Wet Bag
A wet bag is a small reusable bag used for storing soiled diapers. Wet bags can be used at home or when on-the-go and come in small to large sizes. Wet bags are waterproof and are sealed with either a zipper or drawstring closure to keep the messy stuff inside. You can wash wet bags with your diapers when you get home.

Wicking
Wicking simply means the transfer of moisture from one surface to another. You can prevent wicking by making sure that everything is tucked in nice and neat to the waterproof cover and by changing baby often.

Wool
A wool cover is the best for overnight, breathability, all-natural fibers. A favorite choice for ultra-eco-friendly families. Wool is naturally absorbent, and when treated with lanolin, becomes incredibly waterproof. Wool is also antibacterial and odor-resistant, so you can often reuse it longer than other types of covers. The only disadvantage of a wool cover is, that it requires special care when cleaning. It is best to wash wool by hand and lay flat to dry. Wool is more expensive than the other options, but you can find very affordable covers on Etsy made from upcycled wool sweaters.

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