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Debunking myths about cloth diapers.

The first time I told my mother that I wanted to start using cloth diapers with my oldest son, her face was a picture of unspoken words.

Like her back then (now she is fan of washable diapers 😋), many people still believe that cloth diapers of this century are the same ones than those that our grandmothers used more than 50 years ago.

Today we are going to debunk the myths about cloth diapers one by one.

  • How are cloth diapers washed? In the washing machine, as simple as that 😀

In the past, flannels were used as diapers by our grandmothers. Those

were put in tubs to soak when they were dirty to be handwashed afterwards as best as possible. For some people this is still a preconception when talking about cloth diapers. However, this is not the realitiy. The cloth diapers from now are washed in the washing machine like any other laundry.

From UnuPana, we truly recommend using the biodegradable liners that help to collect your little one's number two (you can buy them directly from our website). These are thrown away directly into the trash, which makes much easier the washing (stains are less intense).

Our UnuPana cloth diapers do not require any special detergent. You can use the same detergent that you use for all your baby's clothes. Here we show how to get the diapers ready in less than one minute before been thrown into the washing machine.

  • How do you put on cloth diapers?

Another misconception associated with cloth diapers is that they are difficult to put on. In fact, washable diapers are used in the same way that you would do with a disposable one. Rolling up flannels and trying to put the kid inside is just a thing of the past.

Our UnuPana cloth diapers have hook and loop fasterner to adjust the diaper to your baby's waist, just like you would do with the plastic strips of a disposable one. They also have click buttons to narrow or widen the diaper according to the weight and size of your baby's legs. UnuPana diaper grows with your little one until they are potty trained. Like this, you can save money, as you will use the same diaper over and over again with your baby (and with their siblings who follow him or her, if there are any 😉 ). Have a look at our video, where we show how easy it is to assemble our UnuPana reusable nappies.

In addition, our UnuPana diapers dry pretty quickly because they are two-piece diaper. This favors quick drying. Once they are dried, you just have to fold them and put them near your baby's changing table to have them ready at hand when you need to clean the diaper. Just like any other disposable diaper. However, with these ones you take care of your baby's skin and the planet at the same time.

  • What are cloth diapers made of? What kind of fabric is used with reusable diapers?

This is another of the questions that many people ask themselves when they begin to deep-dive within the world of washable diapers.

Our UnuPana ecological diapers consist of two parts: a waterproof cover and the absorbents. UnuPana absorbents are made of 100% certified organic cotton, with an extra soft absorbent layer (you can take a look here 😉). Our covers are made from polyester to prevent leaks. Both products are manufactured in Spain.

Certified organic cotton not only takes great care of your baby's skin, but also contributes to protect the environment as well as promote ethical working conditions. If you want to know more about this topic, in our blog we talk about organic cotton and why it is so important for us and the planet.

If something seems "interesting" to us, it is that some pediatricians recommend the use of cloth diapers for babies who have dermatitis problems. Because of this, it can be read between lines that disposable diapers are not the most careful product for the baby's skin. Furthermore, it looks like in Europe there is still no specific strict European regulation for baby diapers regarding their composition, manufacturing or placing on the market. Therefore, there might be manufacturers that do not specify all the components used in their products. In fact, one of the recommendations of the ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health) is precisely the creation of this strict regulation. You can read more about this topic here.

  • Are cloth diapers more expensive than disposable ones? The answer is no.

The outlay with washable diapers is made at the beginnig. In fact, it is estimated that with cloth diapers you can save up to 1800 Eur with your first baby (including washing costs). The difference in costs can be more significant with the use of reusable diapers if you have a second or third child.

A good approach is to add cloth diapers to your baby shower' list. Like this, not only you save the initial investment but also have them right from the beginning with the rest of your baby things. Our UnuPana Starter Pack is a complete set of diapers for your baby shower list, perfect for getting started with cloth diapers. Also, it promotes sustainable products'consumption which is so needed for the future of our planet. Two-in one 😉

Another good idea is to use cloth diapers as a gift option. Most of the time, affter our baby is born we end up receiving too many clothes as gifts.

When people ask us "what do we need" we can suggest "a washable diaper". Just like our UnuPana Trial Kit, an awesome and very useful gift.

In short, as just mentioned, all these myths about cloth diapers are nothing more than that. There are actually many reasons to use cloth diapers. They are used just like disposable ones but with the important advantage that we never run out (especially relevant on Sundays if supermarkets are closed). We protect the environment as well as our little one's skin and we also save money. What about you? Do you join the revolution with cloth diapers? 😉

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