Babies poop. A lot! If you are not currently a parent or working in childcare you may not spend much time thinking about diapering, but it’s a big deal. On a light day a dozen diaper changes are not uncommon for a newborn. Assuming your child potty trains at two and a half years of age you are likely to have changed 5000-7000 diapers. The sheer volume of diapers alone should suggest you consider cloth diapering.
The Pocketbook Impact
Most moms choose disposables because they think cloth diapers are annoying and inconvenient. What they don’t realize is that cloth diapers have changed since we were kids. Diaper pins have been replaced with convenient snaps and Velcro-like materials. Cloth diapers are not what our grandmas or mothers used. They are super easy and there are diapers out there for every budget. You can cloth diaper for anywhere between $200-$600 depending on the style of diaper you choose, AND if you buy quality products, those diapers will last you thru 2-3 children. Diapers also have a decent resale value, so you could get some of your investment back too.
The Cloth Diaper Options
There are many styles of cloth diapers. You can get 2 part diapers like prefolds or fitted diapers and there are a variety of breathable cover options. These are
especially fun because you can find them in great colors and patterns. If you like the convenience of disposable diapers, there are now all-in-one cloth diapers that require no folding, no liners and can be thrown straight in the wash.
Pocket diapers are also an excellent bridge from disposables to cloth. Stuff something absorbent into the diaper’s pocket and it’s ready for use. When you take it off your child, just shake the absorbent material into your diaper pail and your diapers are ready to go into the washer when it’s laundry time.
Washing is also super easy. No more soaking or sticking your hand in the toilet! Bio Liners (100% biodegradable) are put between your baby and the
diaper. When they poop you toss the liner in the toilet and flush. The poop goes to the sewer where it belongs and not in our landfills.
The Health Benefits of Cloth
It’s been proven that babies in cloth diapers are less likely to have a diaper rash because we change them more often and there are NO CHEMICALS in cloth. A disposable diaper has many harsh chemicals and are plastic, which will not breath, and therefore cause an increased occurrence of diaper rash. In 1950 100% of babies wore cloth and 7.8% of them had a diaper rash, in 1991 only 10% of babies wore cloth (90% in disposables) and 79% of babies had a diaper rash!
The Environmental Benefits of Cloth
A disposable diaper will take approximately 500 years to decompose. Some estimates put disposable diapers at more than 2% of dumped garbage in North America. There are also concerns that putting disposable diapers (including waste) in the garbage, rather than disposing of the human waste in the sewage treatment facility, may contaminate ground water. Consider further the environmental cost of manufacturing disposable diapers. Every year hundreds of thousands of tons of paper and plastic are processed to make one-use diapers. Meanwhile, the leading environmental effect of cloth diapers is the energy necessary to clean them. The two costs and environmental impact are hardly comparable.
Try cloth diapers for your baby and yourself!
Contributed by Kristen Wilson