CLOTH DIAPERING

 

HISTORY

Throughout history, mothers have had to be inventive to make things comfortable, healthy and pleasant for their babies. One of their largest issues was how to contain their babies’ messes when they couldn’t tend to them straight away. They used whatever was on hand and large leaves, wool or linen strips and even animal skins served as the very first diapers.

 

In the 1800s, cotton flannel squares held in place by safety pins made things more comfortable for babies. They were often held in place by rubber outer pants, however, which were hot and chaffed.

 

The disposable diaper burst onto the scene in 1942 when an absorbent pad was fashioned from unbleached creped cellulose tissue to be worn with the traditional rubber outer pants. This was convenient, however, it was not cost effective for many households who still preferred to use the traditional cloth diaper.

1946 saw the invention of the modern waterproof diapering system. Inspired to create a comfortable yet leak-proof diaper for her daughter, Marion Donovan set out to create a preformed, easy-to-use diaper. Ms. Donovan experimented with many cuts, designs and materials for the cover, including rubber, rayon, and even plastic shower curtain material, finally settling on a comfortable cut and nylon to avoid diaper rash.

 

The new diaper’s cover featured a central opening into which the folded diaper cloth was inserted, and snap-ons instead of pins. The hugely popular diaper was dubbed The Boater by Mr. Donovan who said, “Call it boater, because, like a good boat, it’s leakproof,” and it transformed the world of cloth diapering.​

 

Despite competition from the convenience of disposable diapers, cloth diapers have continued to be used by mothers the world over. Additionally, growing awareness of the health and environmental downsides of disposable goods has spurred mothers back towards more natural ways of doing things, and cloth diapering, like babywearing, has now been accepted as more beneficial for babies.

 

BRANDS

Mothers want the best for their babies, especially when it comes to their precious ones’ tender tushies, but there’s such a wide variety of diaper types and designs to choose from.

 

We've made it easier for mothers to go green by scouring the market for the best value-for-money diapering systems. Now all you have to do is to enjoy the knowledge that your sweetie's tender tush is protected, clean, safe, and cute.

Why GroVia?

 

With a 5-star rating from BabyGearLab, GroVia offers the complete diapering system for newborn babies through potty training toddlers. To keep your little one dry and comfortable, GroVia diapers are made with super absorbent organic cotton inners and water resistant TPU outers featuring a chemical solvent- and formaldehyde-free thermal laminate.

 

Top-quality YKK snaps are thoughtfully positioned on the diaper’s cover and inside to hold the gusseted cloth soakers in place. For baby’s comfort, the diaper features a proprietary Never Pill hook tab, which has soft non-scratch loop fabric.It’s easy to find the perfect fit in GroVia’s range which includes All-In-Ones which are easily snapped on and don’t require covers, All-In-Twos which feature separate shells, boosters and soaker pads, and the super-cute Kiwi Pie design which uses highly absorbent, extra-soft MicroModal mixed with pima cotton. Trainers give potty training toddlers confidence with their easy pull-up-and-go design and GroCool lining which alerts the toddler to wet discomfort. 

 

Why Bouncy Baby?

 

100% researched, made and marketed in Malaysia using fair trade practises, Bouncy Baby's diapers are great way to give back to the community. The fact that the diapers are one-size-fits-all also means that they can be reused for multiple children, making them more eco-friendly and economical.

 

Bouncy Baby’s lightweight hemp or microfiber inserts allow breathability and guarantee high absorbency. Together with Bouncy Baby’s special Stay-Dry Alova Suedecloth inner layer, they ensure day-long dry comfort for baby. The waterproof PUL outers feature elastic to hold in spills at the waist back and legs, while waist snaps make fitting easy.

 

Why Evolution?

 

A convenient One Size pocket diaper system, the Evolution lives up to its name. It is fully adjustable around the waist with a 3-snap side snapping system, and around the legs and back with adjustable elastic. It has a trim fit, laying comfortably on your little one’s tummy. 

 

Evolution outers are lined with patented COOLMAX Active fabric, which comprises recycled water bottles combined with the company’s own silver ion technology. COOLMAX draws moisture across and through the fabric to allow it to evaporate or absorb into the absorbent insert below, which is perfect for the local humid climate.  Bamboo rayon and organic cotton boosters quickly absorb moisture to keep baby happy and dry.

 

TYPES

Why use Cloth Diapers?

 

Simply put, they are:

 

Good for Baby

- Broken down, disposable diapers are a nasty mix of plastic, chlorine andpolyacrylate, amongst other things.

- No more un-sticky tabs leaving diapers open.

- Absorbency control with inserts or boosters means no more midnightdiaper changes and better sleep.

- Baby will never have to suffer diaper rash - ever.

- Toddlers sense moist discomfort, motivating them to potty train faster.

- Hydration via urine production is better monitored.

- Print cloth diaper clad tushes are adorable.

 

Good for You

- Deceptively expensive, cloth diapers work out cheaper in the long run.

- Cloth diapering is a chance to better understand and bond with your littleone.

- One-size cloth diapers cater to newborns through to potty trainers, saving you space as well as money.

- Cloth diapers can be sold off once your little ones are done with them.

 

Good for the Environment

- 6,000 disposables = 24 cloth diapers. Makes you think twice?

- 50% of the waste in landfills could be avoided. A no-brainer?

- Less diapers need to be manufactured if less are used.

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ALL IN ONE

Hesitant to start cloth diapering because it sounds too complicated? All-In-Ones are your easy way in, since no extra cover or stuffing is required. The absorbent material is already pre-sewn into the cover to guarantee dry comfort for baby. All you need to do is position the diaper and fasten with the convenient fastening mechanism - just like with a disposable diaper. They are great for travelling and daycare!

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POCKET ONE SIZE

Pocket One Sizes are versatile, and versatility means convenience, exactly what a busy mum needs. Geared to suit newborns through toddlers, pocket one sizes are highly economical. Pocket diapers consist of a waterproof cover with a polyester lining that creates a pocket into which a pre-fold can be inserted, boosting its absorbency.

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TRAINERS

You’re so proud - your little one is growing up and ready to potty train! With inners made of natural fibre, cloth trainers actually encourage your clever tot to train faster since they will be alerted to the discomfort of a not-quite-dry diaper. Additionally, cloth trainers can have nice gender-specific designs just like big-children’s underwear.

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ALL IN TWO

Tired of messy leaks? All-In- Twos (Hybrids), might be what you need. AI2s are perfect for babies who need extra absorbency, or for times when it isn’t convenient to change diapers for a long period of time. Consisting of a waterproof outer shell and an absorbent insert, AI2s work well as the insert is the only piece that needs to be changed.

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FITTED ONE SIZE

Hate the idea of leakage? Fitted One Sizes feature extra layers of absorbent material and fitted leg and back elastic to keep messes in more efficiently. Snaps on the front mean these diapers can cater for your baby through to toddlerhood. Their hourglass shape gives even more convenience since you don’t need to fold anything in.

 

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PREFOLDS

Prefolds, or old fashioned diapers, are the most money-saving option. Once you master folding and laying them inside a cover or pinning them, they are also quite easy. Prefolds do double duty as burp rags or house cleaning rags when they are past their prime. They are also good for travel since they don’t take up space and are easily hand-washed.

HOW  TO WEAR

Here are some videos made by our friends to help guide you on the basics of Grovia cloth diapering

 

How To Use An All-In-One(AIO)

How To Use An All-In-Two

How To Use An All-In-Two

The pocket diaper used in the photo diagrams below is the Fuzzi Bunz Pocket Diaper. However, the same usage applies universally to all pocket diapers.
Below is one (1) Fuzzi Bunz pocket diaper and one (1) microber terry insert.

1. Slide the absorbent insert into the pocket opening at the back, upper portion of the pocket diaper.

2. Pull the absorbent insert all the way into the pocket. Make sure the insert reaches all the way from end to end, but is not too long.

3. Lay the stuffed pocket diaper flat, stretching the tabs to either side. Lay baby down onto the open diaper, aligning the back of the diaper with the lower curve of baby’s back. The front of the diaper should reach baby’s front waistline.

4. Pull one tab around baby’s side and snap it onto the snap that gives the most comfortable fit.

How To Use A Fitted One Size Diaper

5. You will need to adjust the tabs to make it comfortable for baby. When baby is able to sit up, adjust the tabs to be a little bit looser so baby can sit comfortably.

6. Repeat with the tab on the other side.

7. Adjust until baby is comfortable.

8. Adjust the front snaps as baby grows larger - a one size diaper can last you for a long time!

How To Use Prefold

How To Use Prefold

 

DIY FABRICS & BUTTONS

As disposable diapers, cloth diapers (CDs) otherwise knows as reusable baby diapers are slowly but surely becoming the way people around the world are diapering, many are endeavouring into creating their own cloth diapers. DIY cloth diaper, diy cloth diapering, making your own cloth diaper is fast becoming a trend around the world. Also many women around the world are choosing to make their own cloth sanitary pads instead of using sanitary pads. 

 

We at Tiny Tapir provide you with what you need to make this a reality. We have organic hemp, bamboo rayon, organic cotton, stay dry fabric and organic bamboo, bamboo & sorona interlock fabric, bamboo heavy fleece fabric, bamboo velour fabric, bamboo jersey fabric, bamboo doulble loop terry fabric as well as buttons you require to make what your own wonderful creation.

ReIated Articles

Here is one one of our articles on cloth diapering: 

https://www.tinytapir.com/single-post/2016/06/30/Four-Ways-You-Can-ReGreen-Planet-Earth

Here is an interesting article by our friend Jenny Silverstone, read more about her perspective on cloth diapering here:

https://momlovesbest.com/diapering/cloth-diapers/benefits-cloth-diapers

FAQ

 

Q: How Many Diapers Should I Buy?

A: How many diapers you purchase depends on a few factors including how old your baby is, their habits and comfort, how often it’s convenient to change, how often you intend to wash, and what system you decide to use.

The general guideline is:

                Newborns and infants use 10 to 12 diapers daily, so 24 - 30 diapers in total should do it.

                Toddlers use 6 to 8 diapers daily, so 18 to 24 diapers should be sufficient for them.

 

The Live GroVia Package (hyperlink) is a great way to go if you’re ready to commit to cloth diapering. It includes enough one-sized diapers to suit newborn babies through to training toddlers - the complete package!

Alternatively, the Experience GroVia Package (hyperlink) offers a hint of what the system could offer if you’re not ready to jump headfirst into cloth diapering or fully using the GroVia system.

Q: Which Diapers Should I Go For?

A: Again, this is wholly up to your and your baby’s needs. Some parents find that using only one diapering system throughout and adjusting the diapers according to their needs is more cost efficient or convenient. Others prefer to mix and match depending on the situation, e.g. if your baby will be relaxing at home, just have them in prefolds, whereas if they’ll be out-and-about, bring along a couple of all-in-ones, and have them in a fitted diaper with an extra wool cover to tide them through the night.

Q: Doublers, Inserts, Liners?

A:  

  • Doublers 

    • add absorbency to all-in-ones, pockets or fitted diapers.

    • can be placed next to baby’s skin.

  •  Inserts​

    • are made of microfiber or hemp.

    • are normally placed inside pocket diapers, not meant to be placed next to baby’s skin.

  • Liners

    • are made of biodegradable or cloth.

    • keep baby’s skin dry, make diapers easier to clean, and prevent stains.

Q: Won’t Clean-ups Be Extra Messy??

A: One of the biggest deterrents against using cloth diapers is the idea that it will be extra messy, but this is not the case. Before you start using cloth diapers, prepare a diaper pail by lining a large bin or covered laundry basket with a waterproof hanging wet bag or diaper pail liner. Have two bags or liners on hand so one is always available.

If your baby breastfeeds exclusively, their solid waste actually doesn’t need to be removed or even rinsed. You just need to shake as much of it into the toilet as possible, then store the diaper for laundry day. Use a biodegradable diaper liner for extra protection, if necessary. Another popular investment to deal with solid waste clearing is a diaper sprayer which you can screw onto your water supply. Diapers with liquid waste can be put straight into the pail.

If you are using a cover, you can just remove the soiled inners and reuse the unsoiled cover. If you are using an all-in-one or pocket system, take out the inserts before placing it into the pail.

Q: How Does Laundry Work With a Cloth Diaper?

A: You would generally wash diapers every 2 or 3 days when you have about 24 or so soiled diapers. Try not to put too many in at the same time as diapers need space to spin completely clean. If they rub against each other too much, it might also cause friction which might pill the fabric.

The wet bag or diaper pail liner can go straight into the laundry with the diapers. Run a cold or warm rinse first so that stains or smells won’t set, then run a hot wash cycle. Put in no more than half the detergent you would for your clothes. Line drying in the sun is best for freshness and stain-removal, and it will prolong the diapers’ life. If you notice your diapers becoming stiff, dry them at times when the sun is not as hot. If it’s not convenient to line dry your diapers, they are machine dryable too.

 

Dos and Don’ts of Cloth Diaper Laundry Care

 

Do:

  • an extra hot rinse cycle at the end of the wash to remove detergent build-up - a common cause of bad odours.

  • make sure you fasten the laundry tab first to avoid snags.

Don’t:

  • use detergents that contain whitening agents that can break down diaper fabric and make them less absorbent. They may irritate baby’s sensitive skin too.

  • avoid concentrated detergents that will cause build-up in diapers.

  • avoid bleach that will wear away the fibres and lessen absorbency. Bleach may also irritate the skin

  • skip the fabric softener. It coats the diapers’ fibres and causes them to repel liquid.

Q: What Else Do I Need?

A: 

  • Wet bags for when you bring your baby out. Zippered and waterproof, they contain the mess until you get home.

  • Cloth wipes pre-moistened with a natural baby wipe solution.

  • Special residue-free biodegradable laundry detergent to keep diapers absorbent in the right place     and waterproof in the right place.

  • Diaper covers for prefolds or fitted diapers.

  • Snappis for prefolds, if used.

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The Best Cloth Diapers

We at Tiny tapir are proud to introduce to you the eco-friendly alternative to disposable diapers, cloth diapers (CD). CDs or otherwise knows as reusable baby diapers are slowly but surely becoming the way people around the world are diapering. It is fast becoming a lifestyle change that is becoming a trend around world. People are becoming more aware of the benefits of cloth diapers, not only for our environment but for the benefit of their childrens' health.

 

It is proven that cloth diapers is an economical alternative to disposable diapers. It is our pleasure to introduce parents to the various types of cloth diapering techniques, technologies and materials including ION Coolmax , Airmesh, Anti-Microbial Yarns, and materials such as organic hemp, bamboo rayon, organic cotton, stay dry fabric and organic bamboo.

We intend to educate parents and caregivers on the various types of cloth diapering systems such as All in One(AIO), All in Two(Ai2), NewBorn, One Size Fit All, Fitted, Hook and Look, Aplix, Velcro, Snap, Pocket, Shell, prefold, Stay Dry soaker pads, Organic Cotton Soaker Pads, Stay Dry Booster, Organic Cotton Booster, and Bioliner.

This section of our website is to help parents answer questions such as: What is the best cloth diaper for my child? What is the difference between an AIO and AI2 cloth diaper? What is a AIO cloth diaper? What is a AI2 cloth diaper? What is are snap diapers? What is an aplix diaper?

 

The brands that we carry are some of the best cloth diaper and organic diaper in the world, like Grovia, Evolution Diapers, Thirsties, Starbunz, and Bouncy Baby.

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