Like parachute pants and Lee Press-On Nails, some trends come and go before you can utter a few good “Whassups!” Some trends, however, start as a fad, but soon morph into something timeless. It’s hard to imagine life without The Beatles or Sinatra, but even they once began as a craze. Modern cloth diapering is “hot” today, but many wonder whether the trend will go the way of the scrunchie and pet rocks.
A little history about diapers may put things into perspective. Cloth diapers, as you know, have been around for eons. Wrapping layers of absorbent cloth around babies and securing it was literally the only way to prevent accidents from un-potty trained children during ancient times. However, diapering forever changed in the 1940s when the first disposable diapers were invented and they became popularized in 1961 with the invention of Pampers.
For much of the1970s and 80s, the disposable diaper industry spent a lot of money marketing their products and growing their bottom lines. Very quickly, disposable diapers became a must-have item by convenience-hungry families.
But at the turn of this century, there was a palpable attitude shift. Moms were going back to the basics of child-rearing. Breastfeeding, baby wearing and cloth diapering were back in style. A few early version of modern cloth diapers began to appear in the late 1990s but few knew about them.
In 2000, a practical, convenient and very modern cloth diaper was invented by a stay-at-home mom, Tereson Dupuy, who invented the FuzziBunz cloth diaper. Dupuy’s invention is widely credited with sparking the entire modern cloth diapering movement.
FuzziBunz hit at the right time. A move to become more “green” was on the rise. Families were starting to question the environmental impact of disposable diapers. Modern cloth diapers seemed like just the right option. They took advantage of modern innovations such as Velcro™ and PUL to design diapers to function with ease like the disposables they were used to.
In 2002 and 2003, many cloth diapering companies began to grow. With the advent of options such as the one-size adjustable diaper by bumGenius, a few cloth diaper manufacturers emerged as real players in the industry, while still leaving room for small niche producers to create specialty diapers.
Since 2003, the cloth diapering industry has exploded with options and improvements giving any green-seeking mom many choices in cloth diapers. While the tried and true pocket diapers, all-in-ones and pre-folds are still very popular, innovations such as hybrid cloth diapers (which include the option of using a disposable insert with reusable covers) or all-in-two diapers are quickly growing the reusable diaper market and giving cloth diapering another boost.
With a history that dates back thousands of years, cloth diapering may be appear to be hot trend today, but the truth is it’s showing no signs of slowing down in the foreseeable future.
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