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Two new designer prints exclusively created for Fluffy Pwets cloth diapers

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of greening your life. I talk about it quite a lot. One of the easiest ways you can be a “greener mom” is making the switch and committing to cloth diapers. Recently, a study came out that named the Philippines as one of the top five plastic polluters of oceans. How shameful. Now think about these frightening numbers: On average a child will probably need around 5,500 diapers in a two-year period prior to potty training. The estimate is based on an average of six to eight diapers per day. This is a very conservative estimate since some children are still in diapers until they are almost three years old.

BABY FASHION    Lila and Kalon wearing their mom's designs

BABY FASHION
Lila and Kalon wearing their mom’s designs

Now that you’re thinking about all those diapers (plastic!) your child will need, consider the environmental impact of your child alone. Most disposable diapers are nonbiodegradable. They are made of plastic and it can take up to 500 years before they fully decompose. It takes more than a billion trees annually to produce the diapers and a whole lot of petroleum, which is a nonrenewable diminishing resource, to produce the plastic that diapers and their packaging use.

With hope, I’ve gotten your attention with the downright scary truth. This is why I have been a cloth diaper mama since my eldest son was born six years ago. We do an 80/20 ratio (cloth/disposable) because it does get challenging for me when we are out of the house (although it is definitely doable!).

Let me briefly list the benefits of cloth diapering (besides helping the planet): They are reusable (my youngest daughter is still using the cloth diapers her oldest brother used). They are nontoxic and have no harsh chemicals or skin irritants. They are much cheaper in the long run. They take just six months to decompose. Kids who are cloth-diapered tend to potty train faster because they feel the wetness of the diaper.

You can imagine my sheer joy when Tina de Guzman of Fluffy Pwets (www.fluffypwets.com) approached me to collaborate with her on two cloth diaper designs. As a bona fide cloth diaper mom, it is such an honor especially as Fluffy Pwet diapers are organic.

Fluffy Pwets, or FP to its users, was conceptualized in 2013, inspired by Tina’s quest to find cute cloth diaper prints. Her goal was to develop a cloth diaper that didn’t contain laminated fabric so that it is more breathable. Fluffy Pwets cloth diapers differ from other cloth diapers because of the materials they use to make them. Made of organic bamboo, the soakers are US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) compliant as safe for children’s wear. The prints are made of water-based, nontoxic ink. The secret to the leak-free nature of FP diapers is the layer of water-resistant fabric in the diaper shell.

Together with Patricia Alix-Villa, the incredibly talented force behind www.fancygirldesignstudio.com, I came up with the Lila and Kalon FP prints. My inspiration for my female diaper design came from my own childhood love of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit series and my joy at having a girl. The “Lila” design is a girly confection of dreamy pinks, subtle yellows, and chubby fluffy bunnies. The “Kalon” design is an ode to his current dinosaur fixation, but I wanted to keep the colors and designs playful and cheerful to match his sunny personality. My prints are available in organic hybrid fitted cloth diapers, trainers, rashguards, shirts, dresses, onesies, and bags.

To order, visit www.fluffypwets.com and retailers The Parenting Emporium, The Green Company, and Baobao Babies.

  • Ja Sam

    Diapers shouldn’t be kept on for too long. We’ve did it with the Concisework potty training, it wasn’t so horrible.