Many people hear the words “cloth diapers” and think they’re a thing of the past. They’re the inconvenient things that our grandparent’s had to use on their children because there was no better alternative. People think that we have “upgraded” to disposables. Sure, yes, they’re convenient but once you get used to cloth diapers, it just becomes part of the routine. Cloth diapering is 100% do able and they’ve come a LONG way. Trust me, they’re not what they used to. Bye bye safety pins, hello snaps that allow you to use your diapers from birth to potty training years!
I’m going to tell you why cloth diapers are so much better than disposables.
1. You will save money. Cloth diapers can have a little bit larger startup cost, but in the long run you will save money. I have read that it costs around $2000 per kid to diaper your children with disposables. You can get a couple dozen high quality or even organic cloth diapers for under $500 and if money is really tight you can even do it for around $100. Some people spend that much per month in disposables. There are also cloth diapers that grow with your child so you can use them from newborn to toddler. If you take good care of them, you can use them for multiple children. Look at it this way, you have one child and you’re choosing to cloth diaper to save money. You pay $100 for your supplies upfront and in the long run, you save $1900! Take a vacation or buy groceries for a year with your money saved!
2. Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals. Many children including my own are very sensitive to disposable diapers. We were constantly using diaper cream when we used disposables. At one point my oldest even had a chemical burn. Yes those really do happen. Her skin was peeling off, it was red, flakey, and raw. Diaper rash has increased nearly 75% since 1955 due to the chemicals, ultra absorbent gels and the buildup of ammonia. One bummer with cloth is that you can’t use diaper cream unless you make it yourself but you can basically forget rashes when you diaper this way so it’s not a big setback. Cloth is extremely gentle on your baby’s delicate skin.
3. No cancer-causing chemicals. Disposable diapers contain dioxin which is a carcinogen listed by the EPA known to cause cancer. Disposables also contain Sodium Polycrylate which was banned from tampons in 1985 because it is linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome. Disposable diapers cause a significant temperature increase compared to cloth which has been said to cause a declined sperm count in males. And last, asthma has even been linked to the gases given off by disposable diapers.
4. They’re eco-friendly. Did you know there is a whopping 27.4 billion disposable diapers in our landfills EVERY year? There are over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine used each year to manufacture disposables for ONE baby. No thank you!
5. Potty train sooner. Children who wear cloth diapers are likely to potty train sooner than children who wear disposables. The reason be, is that they’re more aware of the wetness and can associate it with the sensation of having to go.
Honestly, I could go on. They leak less, the patterns are oh so cute (where we shop: Cloth diapers & diaper covers at Diaper Junction), they’re better for your children’s health, and they’re better for the environment. Gone are the days of safety pins and dunking your hand in the toilet to clean dirty diapers. There are convenient sprayers that hook right into the back of your toilet to get rid of the gunk (I suggest Bumworks or SmarterFresh), spray shields (Spray Pal), and lined bags for out on the go and at home. Cloth diapering can be easy, convenient, safer, and honestly fun because the diaper patterns become addicting.
The pros of cloth are vast in comparison to the pros of disposable. Make the switch!
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