How to Make a Cloth Diaper for the Baby?

February 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Baby Tips

Your new born baby’s arrival is near and you have to make a few arrangements to welcome the little one into this world. Most importantly you need to plan for baby’s clothes.

In India new born babies are not given new clothes to wear in the first few days. There could be allergy due to dust or contact of chemicals during the process of manufacturing dress materials.

The clothes are washed  prior to usage for baby. It is economical to use homemade cloth diapers in the initial days because baby will pee and poo several times . It is easy to make a diaper with cloth. There is no designing aspects involved. It is simple method.

Just follow the instructions for making homemade cotton cloth diapers:

  1. Cotton cloth is recommended for cloth diaper.
  2. You can choose baby colors for diapers like baby pink, baby yellow, sky blue and leaf green.
  3. Cut the cloth to square pieces of 50 cms i.e ½ a to make a cloth diaper
  4. Hold two opposite edges to form a triangle.
  5. Stitch the corners completely such that it is a double clothed triangular cloth piece.
  6. Now place a small loop on the first opposite edge of the cloth.
  7. Your cotton cloth diaper is ready for use.
  8. Place the cotton cloth diaper below the baby’s bums.
  9. Take the edge of the cloth from the left side thru’ the loop and tie it with the right side edge. Tie the cloth diaper twice to ensure it doesn’t come off.
  10. It is convenient to make and use. It is ideal for babies.

how to make a cloth diaperThis pattern is ideal for a girl child. For the boys the pee will mess the surrounding area as it is not confined inside the triangular cloth. In such instances you can make the cloth wider with two loops to keep the diaper intact.

This is easy to dry also unlike the thick cloths. You can make diapers at home with reuse material like old cotton T shirts , dhothi ,etc. The advantage is it is soft and smooth for the baby. During travel these can be disposed off.

When baby is lying on back you can use cotton inserts for higher absorption of pee.

In India the summer months are hot and humid. Baby will be restless with the synthetic diapers . The conditions may not be economical to use ready made diapers round the clock. You can opt for the cloth diapers.

Cloth diapers can be used upto 9 months. By now baby has turned over, crawled and trying to stand by holding objects.  As baby is growing you can go in for knickers.

how to make a cloth diaperRefer this video for making diapers from re-use dress material…safe for the baby too.

Disposable Diapers or Cloth?

May 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Baby Tips

There is a quite fierce debate between parents – both long-term ones and new ones – over which type of diaper is better for babies. The two main types of diaper are disposable ones and cloth ones, and both types inevitably have their plus sides and their negative sides. In truth, neither kind is better per se than the other. But depending on your personal outlook on such things, you are likely to lean one way or the other, and make your decision based on that instinct. It then comes down to whether you feel comfortable with your choice after a month or two of putting it into practice.

Disposable diapers have in their favor that they are disposable (obviously). On changing the diaper, you will simply have to put it in the trash and say no more about it. However, as any parent will tell you, children are very productive sources of waste matter, so keeping them in clean diapers can add up to a lot of expense. Cloth diapers are invariably cheaper – although clearly you need to have quite a few if you don’t want to be washing them almost constantly. They also mess up the environment a lot less.

It is up to you to decide which kind of diaper is the best for your purposes and for your purse. Either way, there is work involved and there is expense to take into account. The health of your baby’s skin plays a major part in considerations as well, but at the final analysis you and your baby will be fine as long as you keep on top of things – and if you go with cloth diapers, it is worth still having some disposables around in case of emergencies or when you are on travel or you are on a visit.