Care! In the U.S., approximately 18,000,000,000 (some say up to 25,000,000,000) disposable diapers enter the landfills each year. Look at all those zero's! Did you know it takes over 500 years for ONE diaper to decompose? One baby alone can produce the weight of 2 elephants in dirty disposable diapers. Parents who use disposable diapers quickly learn how much waste they produce. For one quick moment, close your eyes and try to visualize a huge pile of waste containing 2 tons of disposable diapers. Now, what do you think that smells like? I am also sad to report that disposable diapers are the 3rd largest single consumer product in our landfills in the U.S. You might also wonder if washing cloth diapers wastes a lot of water. In reality, it takes 2.3x more water to manufacture disposable diapers. In addition, disposable diapers produce 60x more solid waste and use 20x more raw materials than cloth diapers. Cost! Did you know that in the U.S. it will cost about $3,000 to diaper ONE child in disposable diapers from birth to potty training? Isn't this shocking? Most parents don't know this! Think about if you have 3 children! This will cost you $9,000 in diapers ALONE! Cloth diapers are significantly cheaper, can be reused for future siblings, and have excellent resale value when you are done using them. With this in mind, don't forget that using disposable wipes will tack on another $500 per child. Cloth diapers and cloth wipes really are not as difficult to use as you think and I am sure you can think of a many other ways to spend $9,000 (if you have 3 children)! Plus, you can usually sell your gently used cloth diapers for half of what the retail cost is if they are in great condition. Chemicals! Disposable diapers contain toxins including chlorine and dioxin (harmful cancer-linked chemicals), tributyltin (known to cause hormonal problems in humans), and sodium polyacrylate (dangerous bacteria). Some children have severe reactions to these harsh toxins in disposable diapers and nothing can get rid of their child's rash, except using cloth diapers because they let skin breathe more and do not contain all these chemicals. Also, you will be surprised at how well modern cloth diapers wick away moisture from your baby's skin and you might be surprised at how many parents complain about their disposable diapers leaking! Did you know that in 1955 100% American babies were in cloth diapers and only 7% experienced diaper rash? In 1991, 90% of American babies were in disposable diapers and 78% experienced diaper rash. It is shocking to see how many different diaper rash cremes you can find on the shelves now and how most contain zinc oxide, which is now linked to be harmful and will leave black stains on your cloth diapers. Lastly, disposable diapers have also been linked to decreasing sperm count in males. Need I say more? Look into a few of these topics and see what else you can find. It is really shocking how huge diaper companies can hide this!
Cute! Modern cloth diapers are now available in stylish, trim, vibrant colors, and prints. These aren't the cloth diapers your Grandma or parents used! You can get them to match your children's clothes and get coordinating ones for special events or holidays. Celebrities love cloth diapers, too, and not just for the designer look! Some cloth diapers even double as attractive swim suit bottoms, which is beneficial in some states (where they have banned disposable diapers at local public swimming pools). Cloth swim diapers can be slimmer and let your child move more freely. They won't slow your child down or absorb as much water in the swimming pool as disposable diapers when you just use the shell of a pocket diaper!
Convenient! Believe it or not, cloth diapers are more convenient than disposable diapers! When you are running low, you just throw them in the washing machine. You can clean, play with your children, host a fabulous dinner party, work, or do whatever you want while your washing machine is doing all the work. If you use disposable diapers, you will need to make several trips to the store, use more gas, lug the large boxes back home, find a place to put them all, and then have to take out a nasty, stinky trash more often. Many new parents run out of disposable diapers unexpectedly and have to make an emergency run at an inconvenient time.
Comfy! Fabrics like organic cotton, flannel, and fleece feel so velvety smooth and comfortable against your baby's skin. After seeing and touching a cloth diaper for the first time like the Newborn Lil Joey All in One (AIO) Cloth Diaper, it makes the decision to use or go back to using disposable diapers sometimes non-existent. Think about what YOU would want against YOUR skin!
Choice! For some people, they just want to do something more personal for their child or children ... and cloth diapering is their only option! Children who use cloth diapers potty train earlier, too! They potty train up to one year earlier than children who use disposable diapers. Not only is this a huge additional savings for families if their child is using disposable diapers, it can help alleviate the stress, frustrations, and headaches associated with potty training because children show interest and are ready to potty train sooner. Children in Russia and China potty train by 20-months-old compared to 33+ months in the U.S. Did you know that there are disposable diaper options for children over the age of 5? I wonder what you will choose? The decision is yours!