Black women are choosing cloth diapers & why you should too!

There was once a time when disposable diapers did not exist. Mothers and care takers around the world would wrap their infants in cloth, usually cotton and wash the “diapers” once they were soiled. Later on the beloved disposable diaper was invented and many parents traded in their cloth diapers for ease and convenience. As expected the use of cloth diapers greatly declined but they are making a comeback especially in the black community.

Modern cloth diapers are nothing like diapers of the past. Some are just as easy to use as a disposable diaper. Some are very similar to the old fashioned diapers and are called flat diapers. They are very popular in the natural parenting community. There are even groups and organizations dedicated to the use and promotion of cloth diapers .

Now on to the good stuff!!

Why should YOU choose CLOTH DIAPERS!? And the many reasons other black women are keeping diapers out the landfill.

  • They save money! The initial start up cost can range from free to a hundred dollars depending on if you are gifted a stash, buy used or buy new diapers. Using cloth is cheaper than using disposable diapers. It is an investment that can supply diapers for 1,2,3 ,4, sometimes even 5 children later! Talk about getting your money’s worth! Even using cloth diapers part time can save you money.

  • You never run out of diapers. Once you have a stash, you don’t have to worry about those dreaded night time trips to target to pick up some diapers. No more stopping by a store on the way home from work. As long as you have access to water to hand-wash or a washing machine, you baby will have diapers to use.

  • They last through more than one baby. It is not uncommon for cloth diapers to last through a few children, which is why used cloth diapers make up the bulk of some mothers’ stashes.

  • Say no to toxic chemicals! With cloth you do not have to worry about what harmful chemicals are in your child’s diaper. We have all seen the stories about children getting horrible chemical burns and having reactions to the substances inside the disposable diapers. Cloth can help alleviate these worries.

  • They are simple to wash. Contrary to popular belief washing cloth diapers is not that difficult. A simple rinse with detergent, hot wash with detergent and rinse with water is usually enough to keep your diapers clean.

  • Cloth diapers are fully customize-able! There are so many options! You can change and add absorbency depending on your child’s needs. You can change fabrics and styles that better suit and fit your child. Not to mention the prints are just too cute to pass up.

  • You are helping our earth. Every time a cloth diaper is used, you are keeping a disposable diaper from sitting in the landfill for hundreds of years.

  • There are plenty of black women who make them. You can help your pockets, the earth and support black women all at the same time! If you are interested in supporting a black owned business, there are quite a few that will be listed below.

Black owned cloth diaper websites

west coast dipes

sadies babies

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Photo from Jasmine k.

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photo from Lovely Cloth

photo from Lovely Cloth