Many new parents assume disposable diapers are a normal part of infancy and toddler hood and don’t even consider cloth diapering. Cloth diapers may have had a bad rap years ago, but they’ve come a long way in the past 10 years. Here are some great reasons to choose cloth diapers – for your baby, your pocketbook and the environment.
Better for Baby
Babies who use cloth diapers tend to have less issues with diaper rash and irritated bottoms. This is because disposable diapers contain many chemicals that cloth diapers do not – such as bleach, Tolune, xylene, ethylbenzene, styrene, and isopropylbenzene. There are many noted health concerns associated with disposable diaper use, as these products are filled with chemicals and gels in order to absorb odor and moisture. Some chemically sensitive children have allergic reactions and get diaper rashes from these substances. In fact, disposable diapers have been linked the development of asthma as well as male infertility. Diapers lined with plastic do not allow air to circulate around the child’s bottom (which contributes to diaper rash) and keeps the baby boy’s testicles too warm (interfering with normal development of the testicles). Cloth diapers prevent this problem, as the natural fibers allow air to circulate around the child’s bottom.
Cloth diapers cost a little bit of money upfront, but you will save money over the course of your diapering years. You can estimate the average newborn goes through 8-12 diapers a day and 6-8 diapers a day for an older infant – that really adds up! According to Natural Family Online, the average parent spends $2,694.54 for 7,349 disposable, single-use diapers per child. The money invested in cloth saves quite a bit in the long run, particularly if you plan on using cloth for two or more children.
Better for the Environment
According to Eartheasy.com, it’s estimated that 10,000 tons of disposable diapers are tossed into landfills each day. And they can each take up to 500 years to decompose! Cloth diapers don’t take up space in landfills and require hundreds of years to break down. Using cloth diapers means less trash for the environment. They are reusable and can be saved for the next child. Once your children are potty trained, the diaper inserts can be used as cleaning towels for around the house.
Less time in Diapers
Many cloth diapering parents say they spent less time trying to potty train or educate their child about elimination communication when they used cloth diapers. During potty training time, children who have been in cloth will recognize sooner when they are wet verses a baby in disposable diapers.
Places to buy cloth diapers in the Twin Cities
Peapods Natural Toys and Baby Care – www.peadpods.com
Pacifier – www.mysweetpickles.com
Sweet Pickles LLC – www.mysweetpickles.com
Do Good Diaper Service – www.dogooddiapers.com
All Things Diapers – www.allthingsdiapers.com