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Organic Baby Wipes and Cloth Diapers - The Benefits and Drawbacks

Cloth Diaper for Natural babiesIf you've got babies or small children then you probably go through lots of wipes and/or diapers each day. More and more parents are now moving away from traditional wipes to organic baby wipes and cloth diapers, to help protect the health and future of their children. Here's a quick rundown on the pros and cons of these organic wipes and diapers.

Your Organic Wipes and Diapering Choices

Organic baby wipes can either be bought as standard pre-packaged wet wipes or as cloth wipes that you'll use with your own organic cleaning solution. Similarly, diapers are also available in a number of cloth forms - they've come a long way in recent years, and some even contain the cloth and waterproof lining all in one. In both cases, choosing cloth means less waste, making it a better choice for the environment.

If you are considering cloth diapers, these will help minimize waste and can be made from 100% natural and organic ingredients (note: not all cloth diapers are equal in this respect). Because cloth diapers usually last through two or more babies, they are far more cost effective than standard diapers.

If you choose to go with cloth diapers you may need to buy cloth squares, waterproof liners/covers, a cleansing solution (make sure this is organic and natural) and an odor-proof bucket or basket for dirty items. To save money you can even buy some of these supplies second hand. There is a big market for second hand diapering items.

Do You Really Want To Go Down The Cloth Route?

It is a lot easier than you think, really. The number one factor in choosing organic diapers and wipes is the fact that it's healthier for your baby. Using cloth means there are no chemicals coming into contact with your baby's skin.

Disposable wipes and diapers are known to include a number of chemicals, fragrances and other ingredients that can irritate the skin and even lead to more serious health problems. As your baby is still developing, they are far less resistant to these chemicals than we are as adults. Choosing organic baby wipes and diapers mean you'll protect your baby against these harmful products.

However, cloth diapers do have major disadvantages. At first, they'll cost a lot more money intially. They require a big investment in the big beginning rather than small amounts of money spread through years. They do end up being cheaper in the long run though. Many parents worry that they aren't as hygienic as standard diapers, as they're used again and again. However, the cleaning process ensures they're safe and sanitary, and the avoidance of chemicals can even make them healthier for your baby's skin.

Whether you use organic baby wipes and diapers really is down to you. Remember, you don't have to commit to it 100%. You could use organic cloth diapers while you're at home, and disposable diapers to make it easier when you're out: whatever works best is the key.


Products We Love!

Babykicks hemparoo baby wipes are made out of the same fleece used for our best-selling Babykicks prefold diapers and doublers. They are 7.5" by 9.5" ovals. The soft fleece is ideally suited for thorough cleanups. They are a must have for the bath tub, changing table, high chair and diaper bag. Keep a pile of these on your changing table along for a gentle, economical cleanup. Our baby wipes are truly an all purpose product - we even heard that dad's started using them because they cleaned their camera and photo lenses better than anything else they previously used. You just cannot go wrong with these little things.

The BabyKicks Hemparoo Fleece Pre-Folds cannot be compared to what you might know as a 'Chinese Prefold'. Made in the USA, our prefolds are much more absorbent then traditional prefolds are very soft and work great with Snappies. If you've been looking for an extra absorbent diaper for your super soaker baby, or you need to know the diaper will make it through the night, you've found the diaper nothing absorbs like hemp fleece. Made from 2-3-2 layers of luxuriously soft 55% hemp/45% cotton fleece, these prefolds are up to any task, from being pinned, folded in thirds in a snug fitting wrap, or as a pocket diaper stuffer.