Cloth Or Disposable? That Is The Question

Posted: January 23, 2014

Ren Blackwell, co-owner of Over The Moon, a baby and maternity boutique, organizes cloth diapers Jan. 15 at the store in downtown Harrisonburg. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)

There’s a lot to think about when having a baby, and one of the many decisions parents must make is between disposable and cloth diapers. Over The Moon, a local baby and maternity boutique, is hoping to help answer that question.

On Jan. 25, the story will host an event to teach parents the basics of cloth diapering — the terminology, techniques and styles to choose from — with the Cloth Diapering 101 Workshop led by Laurie Morton, a mom who has proscribed to the practice for the last six years.

“The workshop provides parents the opportunity to come in and understand some of the lingo that might have been confusing or overwhelming,” explained Anne-Callie Skillman, co-owner of Over The Moon. “It’s also a chance to see the styles [of cloth diapers] and understand the difference, and be able to ask questions.”

Skillman says the cloth diapering movement has gained popularity in the last few years as parents turn to cloth for environmental or cost-related reasons.

Cloth diapers are more environmentally friendly, Skillman explained, as disposable diapers contribute to land waste. They are also cheaper than using disposable diapers, which cost an average of $2,500 per child. Though cloth diapers require an initial investment —typically around $500 — they can be used for multiple children.

Other benefits to cloth diapering include being healthier than disposable ones, which often contain chemicals, and are said to help children potty train faster.

But Skillman admits that some people may be initially wary of cloth diapering.

“It can be kind of overwhelming,” she said. “There’s a lot of terminology, a lot of different brands and styles that you can choose to go with and specific ways to care for cloth diapers.”

Skillman hopes that by providing this workshop, some of those fears will be allayed and parents and caregivers will have an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns.

She says this is one of the more popular workshops offered at Over The Moon, and the owners have received positive feedback from past participants.

“I think it has helped people to feel more confident in the fact that cloth diapering is something they can manage easily at home,” she says, adding that it’s a place where parents feel supported by a like-minded community.

The workshop will be held at noon Jan. 25. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, find Over The Moon on Facebook.

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