Those who have babies at home are well aware of the problem of using diapers.
There are several on the market, the most used of which are still disposable ones. Babies can use around 8 diapers a day, (somedays less, other days way more).
Who has children knows that the bag of undifferentiated garbage is quickly filled with this type of waste, non-recyclable and so harmful for the environment.
It is estimated that each disposable diaper can take around 400 years to decompose, which means that the first diaper that was ever used is still around and will continue for many years. This added to the number of diapers that are spent each day on every baby in the world … it’s completely terrifying.
Marta tells her experience …
To my great regret, my first child used this kind of diapers and I can share that it cost me a lot for the amount of garbage I produced daily.
When I got pregnant a second time, I immediately decided that I wanted to use reusable diapers and spent “some” time investigating what options I had and what the advantages were.
I quickly realized that there is a huge offer of reusable diapers. There are several brands, types, shapes and prices. I read a lot, asked who already used it, went to physical stores to better understand how they worked and ended up buying some.
Undoubtedly, when deciding on this type of diaper, the environmental issue prevailed, but health and economic issues were also taken into account.
We, after a lot of thought, bought the ones that seemed more practical and in a way more similar to the disposable ones, which we used so much on our eldest son. We opted for some of the “pocket” type and others “all in 1”.
A study carried out by Quercus points to a saving of € 500 per baby, which would be higher in the case of using the same reusable diapers on a second child.
This study also estimates that the use of reusable diapers would lead to a decrease of around 40 thousand tons of garbage per year, in Portugal.
Reusable diapers are an ultra-modern version of the cloth diapers that were used with super sharp baby pins a few years ago. Now they have different materials and different types of fasteners. There are baby diapers for everyone, parents’ tastes and “pockets”.
For those who are going to start this journey … there are beautiful patterns and you can even buy one for each dress or outfit we have;)
Reusable Pocket Diapers
Reusable pocket diapers are adaptable and fit perfectly for babies between 3 and 16 kg. The inside of the diaper, which is in contact with the baby’s skin, is very soft and keeps the skin dry.
They usually bring 2 absorbents, which can be made of various materials and can be used together for greater absorption. The inside is sewn into the waterproof layer forming a pocket where the absorbents are placed.
The great benefit of these is that it can increase the absorption capacity as the baby grows and pee more, increasing the number of absorbents that are placed in the diaper.
Another advantage is that you can use absorbents from other brands, whether or not they belong to that specific diaper, which is great because they take a long time to dry and having several we can use and we always have diapers available. They are my favorites by far!
Reusable diapers All in 1
The reusable diapers all in 1, have the absorbent attached to the waterproof outer layer, forming a single piece. They may be more practical when assembling them for use but they take much longer to dry and be available for the baby.
In addition to these, there are also adjusted diapers, pre-folded or muslin and cover diapers. The latter is more identical to those used in the past but is attached to a modern version of the nurse pin, or snappi and needs a cover diaper. I never used these because they seemed more complicated.
And he adds …
As with everything else, I am also flexible on this subject and there are situations where I continue to use disposable diapers. Is it ideal? No. But we also have to be uncomplicated and there are times when, for me, it doesn’t make much sense to carry a diaper bag full of pee or poo.
One of these situations is traveling and extended departures. In these cases, I prefer to use a biodegradable disposable diaper, which is not that expensive and, if I have to change it, I can put it in the trash directly.
Another situation in which I did not use these reusable diapers was in the first month of life. My life was already so full of things to do, with so much lack of rest, with the eldest needing all the attention, that I chose to start using them only when I started to enter the new life scheme of 4.
I am super happy with the decision and I think the money I spent has been amortized a long time ago! They are really easy to use and it costs nothing to wash … the washing machine takes care of everything. Too bad I didn’t realize it earlier;)
What about you? Do you use or have used reusable diapers on your babies?
Tell us everything about this topic. Have you used or thought about using it? What is your opinion about them? Tell us in the comments;)
This article was written by Marta Machada, author of the Blog Mãe Natureza, the sustainability of the heart. In this space, Marta shares her experiences as a mother, healthy, sustainable and ecological interests, tips and themes that respect our planet. In addition, it is also a blog that shares recipes and themes that catch your attention, always with the aim of preventing the environment.
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