Did you know that most cloth diapered babies are typically potty trained earlier than disposable diaper wearing children?
It is true!
Before disposable diapers hit the market, children were potty-trained at a much earlier age than they are today. In the 1950’s, children began potty-training at around 11 months or so and most were dry during the day by the age of 24 months. But, today’s disposable wearing children are staying in their diapers for at least a year or two longer-some even more.
So, what’s the big deal here?
Using disposable diapers completely decreases the ability for baby to feel how wet or dirty he or she is-all thanks to the harsh, unnatural chemical called sodium polyacrylate that fills disposable diapers.
According to Healthwyze.com,
“Sodium Polycrylate is an absorbent gel that is responsible for absorbing moisture inside the diaper. It was once present in tampons, but was removed for causing Toxic Shock Syndrome. Sodium polyacrylate has been implicated as a contributing factor of staph infections. It is a skin irritant, because it is able to absorb all of the oils and moisture from the skin, yielding a drying effect. It is no surprise, then, that problems like diaper rash are almost non-existent for babies having cloth diapers. The effects of topical exposure to sodium polyacrylate have only been minimally studied, so we do not yet know what damage it is doing. For the interest of our children, it is wise to err on the side of caution.”
Since cloth diapers do not contain any chemicals or additives, they feel wet when your baby soils them. This helps your child feel more in tune his or her bodily functions by knowing when he or she is peeing or pooping. They will also realize and learn that, as a result of soiling the diaper, they will feel wet or uncomfortable afterwards. What better way of training them than teaching cause and effect? However, while in disposables, this is nearly impossible.
Another reason why cloth diapered babies are more frequently potty trained at an earlier age is due to the fact that the parents are more eager or excited to getting them to that point. Why is this? No more washing and folding of cloth diapers! Hooray!
When it is more work on the parent, then the parents are more likely to work with the child to getting them trained up faster. But disposables make this so easy and hassle free that its simply easier to toss one away grab another while not having to worry about spraying or washing them. This can prolong the use of diapers and make for a more “relaxed” environment as far as potty training goes.
These are of reasons to cloth diaper your baby, but there are countless of ways on how going cloth makes a positive impact for not only your baby, but your family and the environment, as well.