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Tushies in time
As you might imagine, the concept of how to deal with baby’s waste has always been a challenge. For much of our species’ time on this Earth, babies have been left naked to make waste in nature.
As we migrated to colder climates, mothers used the environment around them to contain and dispose of the waste in appropriate ways. Babies born in ancient times may have used Milkweed leaf wraps, animal skins, and other natural resources. Innuits, an Eskimo people, placed moss under sealskin. Native American mothers and Inca mothers in South America packed grass under a diaper cover made of rabbit skin.
In warmer tropical climates, babies were mostly naked and mothers tried to anticipate baby's bowel movements or urinations; this would be called elimination communication today and is still practiced.
In the 1800’s, a more modern solution arose - a square or rectangle of linen, cotton flannel, or stockinet was folded into a rectangular shape and held in place with safety pins.
What about disposables?
There were several steps that led to the development of disposable diapers, but the most noteworthy was the introduction of Pampers in 1961. They saved time over the old style of fold-and-pin, were more convenient, and allowed for more time between changes. They seemed like a miracle!
Waste! So much waste!
With the rise of disposable diapers, history has proven a major (if obvious) flaw: You cannot reuse them! With the average diaper taking 500 years to decompose, the waste is, quite literally, piling up. In 2008, 3,790,000 tons of disposable diaper waste was dumped into American landfills to sit and stew.
A return to cloth
In the 1990’s parents began to yearn for another option to disposable diapers. With a sound economy, many began to consider paying more for a healthier way to care for their baby’s bottoms. Cloth diapers are free from harmful synthetic chemicals present in standard disposables. The nature of cloth also results in reduced cases of diaper rash. What they found, however, was that cloth diapers actually saved them money as well!
Cheaper! So much cheaper!
Families spend an average of close to $2000 on disposables per child (if potty trained by the time they are 3). If you use cloth you can spend $200-$1000 for an entire diaper stash (depending on what type of diapers you buy). You can save even more if you use them for subsequent children too. Just think, on average, you will go through 4,000 diaper changes in the first year alone with just one baby.
Better for their bums
Its harder to potty train toddlers with disposables because they aren’t able to feel wetness as well…. which means its harder for you to feel if they are wet too. The frequency of diaper rash jumped up 70% when disposable diapers were introduced to the market. This is related to the chemicals in disposables and their absorbing power causing babies and toddlers to sit in a dirty diaper for longer periods.
It's easier than you think
Don't be discouraged by the supposed learning curve with using cloth diapers. There are no safety pins, no origami, nothing your grandma had to know.
Most of what we do here are simple snap-on diapers, similar in wear to disposables. Washing them is simple, the hardest part is sourcing a sensitive detergent. If you need any help using, just get in touch.
We’re always willing to help, whether you're just starting, struggling, or just curious. We want every parent to succeed with cloth.
They're so cute!
There should be no shame getting into cloth diapers because of aesthetics. Easy On The Tush works hard to acquire cute, trendy, interesting fabrics that you just can't find in a disposable (why bother, you're just throwing it away). And if you have a request, let us know - we will try our hardest to accommodate!
Types of diapers
HOW IT WORKS: The All-in-One is the closest to a disposable diaper. The insert is sewn to the diaper so it is one complete unit. Once baby has soiled it, you throw it in a diaper pail or wet bag to be washed.
WHO IT IS BEST SUITED FOR: Daycare, when you're out with baby, baby sitters, or anyone who is familiar with disposable diapers.
HOW IT WORKS: The All-in-Two is very similar to an AIO in set up. The difference is the insert is snapped into the diaper, allowing for reuse of the shell.
WHO IT IS BEST SUITED FOR: When baby only wets the diaper, inserts can be changed out allowing for reuse of the shell. If inserts are pre-snapped in, they can function as an AIO which is great for those familiar with disposable diapers.
HOW IT WORKS: In a Pocket diaper, there is an opening in the lining which allows diapers to be stuffed with inserts.
WHO IT IS BEST SUITED FOR: Overnight: the pocket diaper can be stuffed with additional inserts for extra absorption. If the diaper is pre stuffed, it can function like an All In One for those familiar with disposables.