Why Choose Cloth Diapers
Cloth diapers are easy to care forPerhaps cloth diapers were hard to care for at one time. But modern cloth diapers are so easy - with inventions like the Mini-shower and flushable inserts, the rewards are worth the little bit of extra work!
Cloth diapers leak less than disposablesModern cloth diapers actually leak less than disposables! Did you know that many moms switch to cloth diapers because they were fed up with disposables leaking? Yes, it's true!
Cloth diapers minimize diaper rashThe rate of diaper rash has increased from 7% to over 78% since 1955, comparable with the increased rate of disposable diaper use. The chemicals, ultra-absorbent gels, and the formation of ammonia associated with disposables are the culprit. We have met many moms who finally switched to cloth diapers specifically to help their baby's bottom heal. Of course, they never turned back!
Cloth diapers are so soft against your baby's skinYour baby's skin is so delicate. What could feel better for your baby than soft cotton or fleece? What would you rather have against your skin every hour of every day for two or more years? Cloth, of course!
Cloth diapers can save thousands of dollarsDepending on which cloth diaper system you decide to use, you can save approximately $500 - $1,000 per child. If you decide to use cloth diapers for more than one child, you can save thousands of dollars!
Modern cloth diapers don't require pinsGone are the days of sticking you or your baby with a pin! Yikes, who would want that? Modern cloth diapers use snaps, Velcro, or a wonderful new invention created by a dad: a Snappi!
Babies that use cloth diapers potty train soonerYou can count on your baby potty training earlier with cloth diapers! Babies generally become more aware of their wet diapers, prompting them to potty train earlier.
Cloth diapers are better for babiesDisposable diapers contain dioxin, a carcinogen listed by the EPA as the most toxic of cancer causing chemicals. They also contain Sodium Polyacrylate, a chemical that was banned from tampons in 1985 due to its link to Toxic Shock Syndrome. Researchers have found that the scrotal skin temperatures of baby boys were significantly higher when they wore disposable diapers than when they wore cloth. The researchers concluded that prolonged use of disposable diapers as infants was an "important factor" contributing to the decline of sperm production among adult males. Finally, asthma has been linked to gases emitted by disposable diapers.
Cloth diaper are better for workers around the worldSodium Polyacrylate, a chemical found in disposables, causes several health problems to workers that manufacture disposable diapers: female organ problems, fatigue, weight loss, and lowered immunity.
Cloth diapers are better for the environment27.4 billion disposable diapers fill up our landfills every year. This makes them the third largest single consumer item in landfills. Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to manufacture disposables for one baby EACH YEAR.
Sources:"The Poop on Eco-Friendly Diapers" (http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,63182,00.html)
"Chemicals in Diapers Cited as Possible Asthma Trigger" (http://www.intelihealth.com/pcn/general/00245145.htm)