As parents, decisions about our little ones can be overwhelming. One such decision that many new parents face is whether to use disposable or cloth diapers. Cloth diapers of today are not like years past. When most people think of cloth diapers, they typically envision folding the cloth and fastening with diaper pins, and then topping the diapers with plastic bags. Let’s just say things have changed – cloth diapers of today have evolved with new materials, innovative and natural fabrics, and a variety of unique colors and styles. These enhanced features of cloth diaper have allowed many new and existing parents to confidently make the switch from disposables to cloth diapers.
Cloth diapers of today are elasticized, allowing for a comfy, and snug fit. In addition, they are waterproof, extremely breathable, and can be easily managed and fastened with Velcro or snaps, making them every bit as easy and convenient to use as disposable diapers. They’re also available in adorable styles, colors, and prints, as well as various fabrics. Cloth diapers are gaining in popularity in recent years based on health benefits for babies, cost savings, natural fabric options, many styles and colors, and the huge benefit for our environment. After reading and considering the information in this article, we are hopeful the only question you’ll be asking yourself is: Why am I not using cloth diapers?
Cloth Diapers Can Save You Mucho Money!
As is the case with everything in life, it is much cheaper to reuse than to buy new, over and over. This applies to cloth diapers as well. Studies show that the majority of parents will go through one to three thousand diapers per child, per year (newborns can use 3,000+ diapers in a year!), which equates to $1,500 to $2,000 per baby, per year! Since disposables can’t be reused, but rather must be thrown, they are more costly to your pocketbook, and our environment. When considering cloth diapers, these same studies have shown cloth diapers, enough to use for three years, costs between $300 and $800 a year. That is a substantial savings year over year. Also, the same diapers can be reused for additional children. Truly the only downside to this scenario is a slight increase of one to two loads of laundry per week. Or you could choose to use a diaper service (please see below links for additional details on such service, and if available in your area).
A Healthier Option for Your Baby
Many new parents are concerned about using disposable diapers due to health concerns associated with baby’s sensitive skin and developing systems. Dioxin, a chemical known to be affiliated with cancer and other diseases, is a byproduct used in the bleaching process during the manufacture of disposable diapers. (Reference: healthwyze.org). In addition, these same disposable diapers contain TBT, another toxic pollutant, as well as sodium polyacrylate, which is also considered toxic. These chemicals and their chemical emissions from within disposables have been attributed to respiratory conditions in children. (Reference: Livestrong.com). We’re not trying to scare you out of disposables and into cloth diapers, as there are many different opinions and studies relative to the severity of health risks associated with disposables. There are also disposables made with more natural ingredients that may be a healthier option. We simply want to emphasize there are risks associated with disposable diapers so you can conduct further research and make a decision that is best for your family. With that said, cloth diapers are indeed a healthier choice for our children, and ultimately a far more attractive diapering option, beyond only baby’s health as you’ll see below.
Clearly Better for the Environment, and Our Future
Studies show that more than 80% of all diapers purchased in the United States are disposables. This reflects approximately 18 billion diapers that are purchased each year in the United States alone. These disposable diapers are discarded into the trash, ultimately becoming a major contributor to landfills (disposable diapers can take up to 500 years to decompose!). Further, the production of disposable diapers consumes a devastating 200,000 trees and 3.4 billion gallons of fuel oil per year – no doubt a detrimental impact to our planet! (Source: Livestrong.com). Disposable diapers are actually the third largest waste product behind beverage containers and newspapers. Also, while sitting in landfills decomposing, urine and feces filled disposables can contaminate ground water.
If you consider the health hazard, trees that are lost in the manufacture, the enormous amount of waste created, as well as the water pollution risk, it’s no wonder that an increasing number of well-informed parents are choosing cloth diapers over disposables.
More Convenient Than You May Think
Cloth diapers today are elasticized to provide a secure and comfortable fit around baby’s legs and bottom area. They also use easy snaps, hooks, or Velcro closures. Cloth diapers provide abundant comfort to your child, while sporting a unique style and fashion - one that mommy is sure to love! They are available in a variety of fabrics as well as different natural fabrics and absorbency levels thanks to the many different insert options; allowing moms and dads to choose the best cloth diapers and inserts for their children. There really is nothing inconvenient about cloth diapers of today. Yes, an additional one or two laundry loads per week could be perceived as such, but hardly when you compare the health, cost, and environmental benefits.
Don’t Let the Past Influence Your Decision – Cloth Diapers Rock!
Cloth diapers, as a whole, are a practical and very rewarding investment. They offer a true financial advantage by saving you money, a health investment by eliminating chemical exposures to our precious little ones, and a tremendous lift to cleaning up our planet. Our children are our greatest gifts in this lifetime, and protecting them is the number one priority for all parents. Right out of the gate, choosing cloth diapers will help protect your little ones, benefit your pocketbook, and contribute to a cleaner, healthier planet for you little ones to enjoy.
There’s no time like the present to choose a cloth diapering system for your child. Please at least deeply consider their many advantages – you and your baby will be glad you did!
If you’re interested in learning more, and possibly purchasing cloth diapers, please click here for our full line of natural and organic cloth diapers. Be sure to also check out our cloth diaper inserts here!
If you’ve ever considered using a convenient diaper service (picks up dirty diapers, and delivers clean ones), please check out the following links to learn more, as well as locate a service within your area.
Local Google Search
Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA)
Lastly, if you're absolutely certain disposables are for you, then please check out our more health and environmentally conscience disposable options here: All Baby Organics Disposables