Ever used cloth diaper and had to deal with blowouts – thinking it’s time to throw the diaper and everything it touched away!? Ever been tired of disposables but too scared of the commitment to all the added work with cloth diapers? Ever wondered if there is a diaper that allows you to enjoy the health of cloth and the convenience of disposables?
The answer is a BIG YES!
Let Me Tell You About Hybrid Cloth Diapers
Hybrid Cloth Diapers are simply cloth diaper covers that can be used with disposable or reusable inserts. The cloth covers are sometimes pant style, almost like underwear; made with lightweight cotton fabric and easy to use.
While the absorbent pad or the “insert” can be washable or disposable depending on your preferences and is the actual diaper. These diapers sit on the spectrum between a disposable diaper and a cloth diaper, hence the word “hybrid”.
Cloth diapers are an age-old tradition in our country. And the diapering journey for a newborn always begins with pieces of soft pure cotton materials from our own wardrobe, washed several hundred times to remove them of all chemicals, and then made into simple cloth diapers.
This has been our tradition that we have carried forward from generations. But traditions take time and the commitment of effort, both of which are in short supply in our busy world today. Hybrid Diapers are a great alternative if you want to enjoy the wisdom of our past generations in a product that is easy, convenient, and eco-friendly.
10 Ways Hybrid Diapers Can Solve All Your Cloth Diaper Woes
Here are our top 10 reasons why Hybrid Cloth Diapers are the healthiest diapering option, in both cloth and disposables, available to us today.
1. Sized To Fit With Ease And Comfort:
Hybrid Cloth Diapers are sized diapers just like any other disposable (S-XL) and hence provide a better fit for the baby. Unlike modern cloth diapers that are one-size-fit-all, these don’t have to be adjusted with snaps making them simpler and more comfortable for the baby.
Sized diapers avoid the extra weight of fabric around the leg and provide a more leak-proof comfortable fit on the baby. These have soft leg elastics that do not cause red marks on the baby’s gentle skin.
With minimum exposure to disposables and a trimmer fit with cotton fabrics, these are generally considered more comfortable than other MCDs.
2. Leak-proof Diapering Solution
Leaks are a very important feature of any diaper, as a leaky diaper not only increases laundry, it disturbs the much-needed sleep and rest time for mommy and baby. A regular cloth diaper leaks for several reasons; some of these may be improper washing, hard water salts build-up on the inserts, or simply the sizing.
Hybrid Cloth Diapers are easier and more convenient as the cloth covers are designed in a 2-part system that helps separate the “cloth” from the “diaper” making it as close to a disposable (yet it isn’t completely).
The ‘pouches’ that hold the reusable or disposable inserts are fully waterproof and unlike plastic, they not ‘crack’ over several hundreds of washes. If the leaks happen, the go in the pouch which can be swapped out for a different one on the same cover.
The pouch itself can be wiped clean or they dry in minutes! This reduces washing and makes the diaper more convenient.
3. Airy And Chemical-free, Hence Hypoallergenic
Rashes are another major issue with any diaper. Diaper dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory disorder generally caused by chemicals in disposable diapers. This may lead to severe discomfort for the small baby and sometimes long-term skin disorders.
Hybrid Cloth Diapers seemed carefully designed with a focus on ‘safety’ and comfort. Hybrid Cloth Diapers use disposable inserts that are dioxin, bleach, phthalates, dye, and fragrance-free.
The inserts use plant-based materials for absorbency and the SAP content being limited reduces the exposure to chemicals and the chances of the baby developing an allergy or a rash.
4. Less Washing And More Time For Mommy And Baby
Cloth diapers are almost the opposite of modern. Because nothing defines obsolesce more than the piles of laundry they generate daily. You think you may need 8-10 cloth diapers in a day.
This isn’t the case with Hybrid Diapers. With a more convenient cover + pouch + insert system, one doesn’t need to buy a large stash. You can buy 1 or 2 covers and use it till the point where your baby has moved to a larger size.
The cloth cover doesn’t touch the baby hence it can be reused several times on the same day without washing.
5. Reduced Complexity In Washing And Storing
Ordinary cloth diapers are complex. Caring for them requires not only the washing and storing, but also learning about hard water, vinegar soaks, boiling, “stripping” and every possible solution to keep them absorbent.
Hybrid diapers are easy to use. All you have to do is pick the size as per your baby’s age and weight, put in the insert and it is ready.
The shell covers are simple and easy to put on and store away and washing with other like colors in a gentle cycle in the machine (or they can be hand wash).
6. Affordable And Easy On The Pocket
Cloth diapers aren’t cheap. They were a one-size-fit-all so priced high and you need at least 8-10 to make them work. And apart from that, you need to try different types like All in One, Fitted, Pockets before you commit to a system which means an initial trial expense that needs to be factored into.
Hybrid diapers are simple. You only need 1-2 to make them work as the covers do not get soiled and can be reused again and again.
Most hybrid Diapers have the choice of being able to use disposable and reusable homemade diaper pads making them more economical overall.
7. Easy And Compact For Traveling
Anyone with a baby knows that the weight of the paraphernalia we carry for the baby sometimes is thrice that of the baby itself!
With all the tucks, snacks, socks, toys, clothes, and things – has less space for lots of diapers, not to mention carrying back soiled inserts!
Hybrids can be used with disposable inserts while traveling making it easier and convenient. Inserts are trim as any disposable diaper and fit in a small space and you don’t need too many covers hence reducing the overall travel paraphernalia related to diapering
8. The Convenience Of Disposables And Health Of Cloth
Hybrid diapers are definitely a more convenient form of cloth diapering. And several brands sell disposables in large packs with an offer for subscription helping moms save big money while also committing to healthy diapering.
The covers do not need to be washed daily. So, Hybrid diaper covers take care of affordable and convenient, and the disposable inserts take care of the healthy.
9. Eco Friendly And Nature Friendly
Anything that is convenient shouldn’t compromise on the impact it has on the environment. Because if it does, it’s not truly convenient in the long term.
Disposable Diapers add to the toxic waste as they take 500 years to decompose. But cloth diapers sometimes also have a high carbon footprint with all the washing and detergents generated in our groundwater and energy consumed in making the fabric (which is oftentimes imported).
Hybrid Cloth Diapers are a greener alternative to cloth or disposable diaper. The covers do not need to be washed daily reducing water consumption.
The best part of Hybrid Cloth Diapers that the cloth is insulated from the baby waste and the same cover can be used throughout the day with a regular change of inserts (3-4 hours plus).
The disposable or reusable inserts allow for solids to be tossed in the toilet bowl, hence ensuring proper waste disposal.
The disposable inserts then can be wrapped in newspaper and disposed of as non-biodegradable separated waste (as one would with a sanitary napkin).
This is healthier, as solid waste needs proper disposal so it doesn’t mix with our groundwater making our babies sick.
Soiled diapers shouldn’t be left in regular trash which is often consumed by stray animals (milk giving cows and dogs). Because we are also responsible for their health and wellbeing.
10. Trendy As Functional Fashion
MCDs have become a new rage in the market for mothers looking for ‘eco-friendly’ natural diapering. Moms buy cloth diapers for their cute prints and designs.
Now hybrid diapers go a step further in ‘functional fashion’. A lot of Hybrid Cloth Diapers come with matching T-shirts to complete the look.
This makes the diaper as a part of the clothing, versus just an accessory. Given that babies in diapering age (0-2 years) are mostly in diapers and mostly home, it makes sense to have diapers be a part of their everyday wear.
As a mother who has cloth diapered two kids and started India’s first brand of MCDs, and now India’s first brand of Hybrid Cloth diapers, I learned the importance of a diaper that is convenient, manufactured locally with indigenous fabrics, and one that is secure without compromising on fit, absorbency, and comfort.
Hybrid Cloth Diapers was my first choice as a step towards reducing trash, increasing reuse, AND keeping the convenience of disposables.