Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Casas-Tumuran: Cloth Diaper 101

Kangaroo’s Pouch

IT’S 2019 and the advocacy for eco-friendly materials are now on hype. Take for example the campaign against using plastic straws that has drawn so much support from the younger generation.

So if you are a mom and thinking of how you can change the world by protecting the environment, the use of cloth diaper is best for you.

I have always heard about cloth diapers and even tried buying one at the mall when I was still pregnant. But since I had no idea on how to properly use it, it just stayed in the cabinet for years now.

So when the admins of DaWow Moms who are advocates of natural parenting like breastfeeding, babywearing, and cloth diaper among others, announced that they are inviting other moms to join them in a small forum about Cloth Diaper 101, I instantly showed interest on it.

They have once again extended their hands to young mothers, like me, who need natural parenting advice as they successfully promoted the Cloth Diaper 101 held at NCCC Mall Buhangin on April 28, 2019.

Did you know that cloth diaper has many types? Yes, they look almost exactly the same but each type has different styles that are strategically designed for convenient use.

There is flax (traditional lampin), cover type, pocket type, and hybrid-fitted which comes in all-in-one and all-in-two. (If you are curious on how to actually use cloth diapers, check out the demo in our vlog uploaded in my YouTube channel.)

Another very important part of a cloth diaper is the insert, which also has two types - the fast absorber and the slow absorber.

Classified under the fast absorber (default insert) are the bamboo charcoal, microfiber, cotton, and cotton terry.

Meanwhile, the slow absorber types are the hemp and the cotton fleece. These are also called as boosters and are advisable for night time.

When washing, use a baby detergent soap or powder that has minimal to no scent at all. Korai Alconga, one of the moderators and is an expert in using cloth diaper, recommended using brands like Perwoll, Cycles, Calla, and Wings Active Guards. Her advocacy for cloth diaper does not stop there. She is also selling cloth diapers in her Facebook page (Mini & Me PH.)

I know it takes so much effort when using cloth diapers because we have to regularly wash them. But have we ever thought of how we can help reduce plastic wastes by eliminating the use of disposable diapers? Indeed, cloth diapers are nature-saver (not to mention, budget-saver!)

[The writer appreciates comments, questions, and story suggestions. Contact her through, @mommyaracasastumuran on Instagram, and subscribe to her Youtube channel]


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