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Cloth Diapers: Why Should You Choose Them for Your Family?
Many people think of cloth rags and safety pins when they think of cloth diapers. They associate them with being “a thing of the past” or “diapers for poor people.”
Our convenience driven society has lead us to believe that disposable diapers are the best choice. Heck, a lot of people even think that they are the only choice today.
But cloth diapers are making a comeback with their modern designs and prints. And with all the advantages that come with them, it’s no wonder why more and more parents are choosing cloth today.
Our goal is to help everyday families like yours understand the many benefits of using cloth diapers. Continue reading and check out the infographic below courtesy of Mom Loves Best, to see why cloth diapers may just be the right choice for your family.
Better for Baby
Cloth is undoubtedly the healthier choice when it comes to diapers. Disposables are filled with harmful chemicals, like sodium polyacrylate, phthalates, and dioxin, that have been linked to toxic shock syndrome, endocrine disruption, and obesity.
Your baby could react to these chemicals being rubbed up against their skin, causing diaper rashes or even chemical burns. Your baby will have less irritation with the breathability and natural fibers that come with cloth diapers. They are soft against your baby’s skin, creating a more comfortable and happy baby.
Parents Save Money
The number one choice why many parents choose cloth is because of the money it can save. While cloth diapers do require a more significant upfront investment, they can save you quite a bit in the long run compared to all the cash you’ll fork out for one-time use disposables.
You could save your family anywhere from $150 to upwards of $1300 depending on your wash routine, how many diapers you have, what brand of diapers you buy, and how many children you use them on.
Once you’re done with your cloth diapers, you can resell them to another family or repurpose them by turning them into burp cloths, bibs, or cleaning rags, maximizing your financial savings.
If the money factor doesn’t have you hooked, the adorable prints are sure to lure you in. Cloth diapers now come in all sorts of materials and designs, making them more functional and easier to use than ever. And with the polka-dots, animals, and beautiful solid prints, your baby will look stylish for any occasion, and you may even find yourself buying more diapers than you need.
The materials and design of modern cloth diapers also do a fantastic job of preventing leaks and blowouts and encouraging early potty training; A glorious milestone for parents no matter what type of diapers you use.
The Greener Choice
When it comes to diapers, cloth is indeed the greener option. Even if you just use cloth diapers half of the time, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint.
With 27.4 billion disposable diapers ending up in U.S. landfills each year, it’s a no-brainer that choosing cloth will greatly reduce our waste. And those disposable diapers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. It can take over 500 years for that plastic material to degrade.
Disposable diapers also require far more resources to produce than cloth. For each baby that uses disposables, 300 lbs of wood, 20 lbs of chlorine, and 50 lbs of petroleum are burned through, which in turn drives up the price of gas. And a lot of gas is used to transport diapers to stores, homes, and landfills.
Now, you may be thinking “But what about the water used to wash cloth diapers?”
When it comes down to it, cloth requires far less water to produce and clean than it takes to manufacture disposables. In fact, it takes about 9 gallons of water to produce just ONE disposable diaper; One disposable diaper that will sit in our landfill for hundreds of years threatening our drinking water sources.
To Sum It Up
When it comes to baby’s health, parents’ wallets, and the environment, cloth is the way to go. Now that you’re aware of all the benefits, it’s time to sit down and take a look at your situation and choose what’s best for your family. Who knows, you may be hooked on cloth diapers before you know it.
About the Author
Jenny Silverstone is a mother of two, the mama behind MomLovesBest.com. She loves writing about and promoting eco-friendly parenting alternatives such as cloth anything, babywearing, and breastfeeding.