A baby’s arrival can be overwhelming: with a sense of immense joy alongside the required keen maintenance of the baby’s nutrition charts, sleep routines, bathing times etc. Not to add the thousands of opinions from relatives, friends, and fellow parents who question everything you thought you knew about raising a child “the right way.” And amidst this flurry, as a parent cleans her baby for the nth time of the day, she might realize how big a pile the soiled bamboo diapers are growing into. Raising a baby can mean a considerable negative impact on the environment – but it doesn’t have to.
An average baby goes through approximately 5,000 diapers before being toilet trained – which might take anywhere between 1.5 to 3 years, and hence you are correct in choosing to wrap your baby’s bottom in environmentally friendly bamboo cloth diapers.
For all those of who are still contemplating the switch from regular diapers to biodegradable ones we have collated a list of pros and cons of bamboo diapers that might help you to make a more conscious and informed choice.
Let’s begin by listing the advantages of choosing bamboo diapers:-
- They Help the Environment
While this might seem obvious, it is important to know how exactly the bamboo diapers help the environment as opposed to normal disposable diapers. For starters, bamboo is a naturally organic fibre and is 100% biodegradable. Interestingly, bamboo also releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere as compared to an equivalent mass of trees. It is excellent at absorbing greenhouse gases and producing clean, fresh oxygen, and quite frankly, we can all use a lot more of that.
Additionally, bamboo crops help enrich the soil and are one of the fastest growing plants in the world – making it highly sustainable. A part of the grass family, bamboo replenishes quickly after being harvested and can be grown without the aid of additional chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers.
And with these facts on your fingertips, now you know the indisputable answer to the new mums who might ask you, “Are bamboo diapers better for the environment?”
- They Are Highly Absorbent
The best bamboo disposable diapers are those that are highly absorbent. They soak up 70% more liquid as compared to a cotton fabric, hence owing to their increased absorbency. The bamboo diapers also stand up to heavy wetting and hence are a good option for overnight-wearing allowing the baby to enjoy an undisturbed and dry slumber. As the bamboo fabric also soaks up the body’s moisture better, it keeps your baby even drier – more than a 100% cotton cloth could.
- They Are Very Sensitive
Bamboo fabric was originally referred to as “artificial silk” because of how incredibly soft and gentle its fibers are. The fabric is also naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial and helps eliminate odour-causing bacteria. The best bamboo diapers of their kind are naturally hypoallergenic and are great for babies with sensitive skin. As these diapers require fewer layers of material, they offer a trimmer fit and are comparatively more breathable than most other fabrics.
Now that we understand the upside of choosing bamboo diapers for babies, let us unravel the cons:
- They Are Difficult to Find
A common problem with adopting the greener way for diapers is that they are not easily available for purchase. Up until today they were also an unlikely sighting in most general stores. However, nowadays brands like Heyday are initiating subscription based home-delivery of some of the best bamboo diapers which is an easy and fair solution.
- They Are Not Great with Stains
The bamboo fabric holds on to stains more so than other fabrics which means a more rigorous cleaning. This might prove to be time-consuming, considering the numerous other tasks that come with taking care of a baby. Hence, we suggest sticking to bamboo diapers that are disposable instead of reusable cloth diapers with bamboo inserts.
- They Can be Expensive
Bamboo diapers are usually priced higher than the regular diapers, and this can be a bummer to many especially because diapers are an indispensable part of a baby’s day. However, what we forget is that due to the high absorbency of bamboo diapers, they last a lot longer and require fewer changes – thus levelling up the price to that of regular diapers eventually.
Summing up, it is safe to say that the pros in the aforementioned list outweigh the cons. Our solution is simple, when in doubt, go green, because nothing that is good for the planet, cannot be good for your body!
Heyday promotes environmental sustainability through a hoard of biodegradable products that include bamboo baby diapers. Heyday’s growing online marketplace allows you to pre-order their merchandise from all Indian cities. Each product is a promise to build a healthier body and a cleaner planet.