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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 disposables:

Sodium Polyacrylate

    • 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?

The Environment:

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 do this?

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.