|Diapers [was Washers & Dryers||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Tue, 21 May 2019 12:03:13 -0700 (PDT)|
On May 21, 2019, at 1:54 PM, Janet Murphy <janetmusicrn [at] gmail.com> wrote: > I recall were a neighbor who used cloth diapers (frequent, *very* long > loads), Finally, a chance to talk diapers. Diapers used to be very thin. A large square or rectangle that was folded in different ways for boys and girls and as the babies grew. Many people had their own fold. Folding was a nice activity for relaxing. Or you could fold one at a time as you used them. They dried fast, were adjustable to size, and they fit babies comfortably. One kind was large and thin as gauze. Birdseye were a bit heavier. The cloth diapers used today with the thick center look very uncomfortable and put outward pressure on the legs and hips. In the end they are more expensive and inconvenient because they take so long to dry, and are not as adjustable as the single layer. They had many other uses because they weren’t stitched into one shape. The comparative costs of using disposables and cloth diapers misses one factor. When babies wore cloth diapers they were also in regular underwear at ~12 months. As soon as they could walk and began wanting to be like mommy and daddy or older siblings. In parts of Africa, babies are toilet trained at 3-4 months—they were actually bush trained. The floors to the huts are earth so peeing on it was not welcome. And diapers as well as washing machines and dryers were scarce. In China there are pictures of 4-5 months old all sitting on their potties together at the same time. The pull ups were explicitly designed to lengthen the market for disposables by keeping children in them for another 2 years. Using disposables for 12 months would be much cheaper environmentally than the figures show because the environmentalists often use ~3 years for calculations. A friend's daycare center used to toilet train children at school as soon they were ready. Parents often didn’t want to bother. When parents said "oh my child isn’t ready" the director would say "well they do just fine here." And it helped the parents because it was half done. Shorter laundry times in the laundry room. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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