Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Why I Chose Cloth Diapers

  • Seriously? The first thing that caught my attention is that they looked sooooo cute! Oh the myriad of colors, patterns, textures! I was in baby-fashion heaven when I first discovered the new cloth diapers! 
  • No diaper rash! GONE! Never again! 
  • Cost of disposables- around $3,000 from birth until child is potty trained! Cost of cloth-about $800 total! 
  • Sodium Polyacrelate is just one of the harsh chemicals used in disposable diapers. This is a substance that was banned in 1985 for it's use in tampons for it's link to Toxic Shock Syndrome. Seriously. Google it. 
  • Disposable diapers contain another chemical called dioxin which is listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. 
  • Have you felt the soft fleece that lines these amazing diapers?! I have and I know they feel sooooo much comfier on my baby's heiney than a paper diaper. We don't wear paper underwear so why should our babies? 
  • Consider the environmental issue: Over 27 billion disposable diapers are sold and then put into landfills in the U.S. No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years under optimal circumstances! CRAZY! 
  • Disposable diapers use twice as much water as cotton diapers, mostly in the manufacturing process.
  • I've kissed blowouts goodbye! Cloth hasn't leaked on me yet in the 21 months I've used them. And just to make sure, I double the inserts for night time. 
  • They allow me to be, "GREEN" and this just FEELS GOOD! :)
  • Using cloth will help facilitate quicker potty training! During potty training time, children who have been in cloth will recognize when they are wet sooner than those children in disposables.
  • My husband loves that he is not dragging two, huge garbage bags full of smelly diapers to the curb each week for trash pickup! 

1 comment:

  1. This was too funny! I can't wait to use cloth diapers! Well, actually I can't wait until the baby is here.... :)