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[dropcap letter="W"]hile cloth diapers have been around for the longest time, they have certainly made a huge comeback in the recent years. From the flatfolds that the Gen Xers used, to the disposables used by the Gen Yers, diapers have come a long way. Cloth diapers of today are known locally as MODERN cloth diapers (yes, as opposed to flatfolds or “lampin” of the yesteryear). Here are 8 good reasons why you should use CDs (or cloth diapers) on your baby:

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Imagine a rainbow on your clothes line!

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Or your adorable baby in a cloth diaper --

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Even one that is in the colors of the Philippine flag!

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Did you know that it takes approximately 550 years for a disposable diaper to biodegrade? It was during the early 1960s when the first disposable diaper was launched -- and the ones used then must be still sitting in some landfill with poop somewhere in the world. (Hopefully they were disposed of properly!)

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Yes, disposable diapers can absorb more urine than cloth diapers. This is because they contain chemicals inside the layers of papers, which turn urine into a gel. However, They get heavier when full, rather than overflow and leak. This leaves parents unaware that their child is sitting in a urine-filled, chemical laden diaper far longer than is healthy or hygienic. More than that, CDs are breathable! Watch this:

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How much would a family spend for diapers for a year if they choose to use disposables full time? Assuming a change of 8 times per day for an entire year, you’re talking about 2,920 diapers --- multiply that by PhP7.00 (average cost of disposables), you spend PhP20,440 for the first year alone.This amount vs. initial investment in your first modern CD stash: 24 sets of CDs(PhP8,000) and 9 additional inserts (PhP900) will cost you PhP8,900. Of course you have to consider water and electricity when washing -- and based on the interviews I have done, the amount of utilities spent on washing the CDs are significantly less compared to buying disposables.

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The performance of the modern CDs should not be undermined! Because of materials such as fleece and microfiber, the absorbency of modern CDs can certainly give disposables a run for their money!

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Because babies who are CD-ed generally know when they’re wet, it is easier to potty train them. Usually babies who are CD-ed can be out of diapers by the time they are around two or so years.

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Modern CDs have certainly created more mompreneurs! The modern CD is a very niche market. And because of this, it is still NOT considered a mass market product even though awareness has grown so much in the past 3 years. This gives parents (mostly moms, really) who have tried CDs the opportunity to be a distributor of different brands of cloth diapers!

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How, you ask? A CD-ed baby will certainly be changed more often than one using disposies. Because of this, it allows parents to bond with their child by knowing when to change the baby (because they are more attuned to their baby’s needs) or interacting with the baby while changing his or her CD. Moreover, a baby that is CD-ed is generally changed more often that a baby who is in disposables. This does NOT mean a cloth-diapered baby "goes" more often, it simply means people tend to respond more quickly/frequently to a wet cloth diaper than to a wet disposable.

Cloth diapers have certainly come a long way, baby!

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Jen CC Tan blogs at Attachedatthehip.me.
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