I can already hear the arguments against using cloth nappies. It's the same argument that many use for any process that seems like a step back, and are just a few of the many reasons expressed by families about why they don't or won't change to using cloth diapers, according to author and cloth diaper advocate, Kelly Wels.
Wels is a determined mom of three who will stop at nothing to get moms to open their minds about cloth diapering and stop the excuses."I find that many moms are unsure about cloth diapering their babies, but if they knew how easy it was and how much money they would save, I think they would give it a go," says Wels.
In her mission to change minds, Wels wrote a book, "Changing Diapers. The Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering," where she lists five reasons why a parent might choose to cloth diaper:
1. Cloth diapers are best for baby
2. Cloth diapers can save a family a lot of money
3. Cloth diapering is eco-friendly
4. Cloth diapers are convenient to use
5. Cloth diapering is fun
After years of selling cloth diapers direct to consumers, Wels hung up her hat so she could spend more time with her family. She sold her multimillion business and took a much needed break. That's when she began focusing on writing and publishing a book about modern cloth diapering.
Wels says the word 'modern' is key to the book's title."Modern cloth diapering requires fewer resources than cloth diapering of the past. Modern cloth diapers fit just like disposable diapers except instead of a tape closure, modern cloth diapers use durable snaps or Velcro-like closures to secure on the baby. This means less time securing pins and plastic pants like moms did decades ago," says Wels. "Modern cloth diapers also are easily cleaned at home in a washing machine and require no soaking, swirling or any of that icky stuff of yesteryear."
"Disposable diapers can drain a family's monthly budget, forcing them to spend a fortune each week on disposable diapers. With cloth diapers, a family only spends a few hundred Rands upfront and is set for their baby's entire diapering years," she says. "The savings really adds up when you factor in the costs of a second or third baby using the same cloth diaper stash."
Wels adds that families should be aware of other 'costs' too.
"Our natural resources are so few and so precious. Disposable diapers, no matter how you slice it, require natural resources to make, package, ship and haul away to the trash dump every week." With cloth diapers, she adds, "You buy your diapers once and you never have to worry about buying again. Many busy moms use disposables strictly out of convenience, but I'm here to tell them that having everything you need to cloth diaper your baby in your home offers all the convenience needed."
She adds, "If I can get just one more mom to become more open-minded about cloth diapering and maybe even encourage her to give it a try, I would consider my mission a success."
See below for a pictorial from Diana's Journal on how to make cloth nappies or diapers.