Why Use Cloth Diapers?
Cloth just plain feels better against your baby's skin!
Really, if you had a choice, would you rather sit in plastic/paper
all day or soft cotton? As our byline states- "The comfortable
alternative for your baby's bummy!" You can be confident that not only
will your baby be much more comfortable and cozy in cotton, but your
baby will have virtually no diaper rash! Studies have proven that
babies who are disposable diapered have about a 78% incidence of diaper
rash, compared to only 7% of cloth diapered babies! Doesn't that make
you feel good?
Extra money for the piggy bank
The savings associated with using cloth diapers is phenomenal compared to using disposables. On average, you will spend anywhere from $2,800.00 (for 8,000 diaper changes) and $3,500.00 (for about 10,000 changes, which I believe to be a more accurate number) per child on disposables (depending on what kind of shopper you are).
When using cloth diapers for 2-3 of your children, you can spend as little as $300.00 for a basic layette or as much as $500.00 with all the bells and whistles. That's quite a savings per child! Which route seems like the smarter way to go?
The Danger of Using Disposables:
Disposable diapers seem pretty harmless, don't they? Actually, they
are quite harmful when one realizes what manufacturers use to make them
so ultra-absorbent. Read about these toxic chemicals that are in
- Super-absorbent gel that shows up as little crystals on baby's skin
- Found in the urinary tract of babies; causes severe diaper rash
- May cause bleeding in the perineum and scrotal tissue
Sodium Polyacrylate was also linked to Toxic Shock
Syndrome (TSS) in tampons and is no longer used to produce them. Of
course no mother would ever knowingly expose her baby to this toxic
chemical, yet millions of mothers do so for the first few years of
their baby's life, with babies at risk twenty-four hours a day, every day!
Organochlorines are chlorinated toxic chemicals
found in disposable diapers in trace amounts. Some countries outlaw the
use of chlorine-bleached paper goods and use hydrogen peroxide
instead, especially in diapers. Unfortunately the U.S. doesn't. Also, polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
outgases vinyl chloride, which is recognized by the EPA as a health
hazard. And we're exposing our precious little ones to this stuff?
Disposables make up about 2% of solid waste in landfills, but are 30%
of the non-biodegradable waste (well, one anonymous company says their
diapers are biodegradable, but when pressed they admit it will take
almost 2 million years for this to happen). Solid human waste in
landfills may seep into local ground waters and is illegal in most
landfills. Most disposable diapers have directions on their box
instructing you to dump solid waste into the toilet - does anyone really
So you see, using cloth diapers are going to be much better for baby, for Mommy and Daddy's checkbook, and for our world.
Now are you ready to get started?
Check out our next article about how to get started to with cloth diapers here.