It is always a pleasure to share our blog pages with like-minded people. Jenny Silverstone is a Modern Eco-friendly Mama and a blogger behind MomLovesBest.com. We were thrilled when she accepted our invitation to share her carefully researched infographic and insights on WHY to cloth diaper.
Quick and easy is the name of the game for many parents today. But, quick and easy isn't always the best route, and your choice of diapers is no different.
While disposable diapers are undoubtedly convenient for laundry purposes, they are still quite expensive, generate tons of waste, and can even pose health risks for your baby. Companies like Charlie Banana® are making it easier than ever for parents to reap the many benefits of cloth diapers.
Cloth diapers aren’t about safety pins and leaks anymore. They now come in different styles and prints and are designed with a contour shape that does an amazing job at containing blowouts. Modern cloth diapers are functional, easy-to-use, eco-friendly, and economical, making them the right choice for parents.
If you still aren't convinced, here are four compelling reasons why you should consider switching to cloth diapers:
1. Soft, Comfortable & Chemical-free
Both of my kids loved wearing cloth diapers, as they were more comfortable in the breathable, natural fibers. Because cloth is soft against the skin, your baby will sleep better throughout the night, creating sounder (and much-needed) sleep for you.
Cloth diapers will also help keep your baby diaper-rash free, as they don’t contain harmful chemicals that are found in disposable diapers, such as phthalates, dioxin, and sodium polyacrylate. These chemicals that get nestled up against baby’s skin have also been linked to other health concerns, such as endocrine disruption, obesity, and even an adverse effect on the male reproductive system.
While the risks may be relatively small, why even risk it at all? Cloth diapers are clearly the healthier choice.
2. Profits for Mom & Dad
Cloth diapers have come a long way in the last few generations, and the super cute designs are making them just too hard to pass up. But, I think the number one reason why most parents choose cloth is that of the significant amount of money that you save.
Children are expensive, and it all starts with the cost of diapers. While cloth diapers are a more significant investment upfront, they could save you anywhere from about $660 to more than $1300 depending on how many children you have, how many cloth diapers you want to have, the type of cloth diapers you buy, and if you use cloth wipes or not.
You can even resell or reuse your cloth diapers after you’re done with them. Certain types of cloth diapers, like prefolds or flats, work great for cleaning around the house or even as a compress in your first aid kit.
3. Easier Potty Training
Despite the impressive amount of money you can save using cloth, saying goodbye to diapers is always a much-welcomed milestone for parents.
Cloth diapers encourage early potty training because your baby can feel the wetness against her skin, unlike with disposables that contain superabsorbent polymers.
I remember always getting compliments with my first child because she was potty trained by 17 months of age, and I genuinely believe that our cloth diapers contributed to that.
4. Green Is Good
Making the switch to cloth diapers is a straightforward way to help reduce the environmental strain on our planet. It’s pretty common knowledge that we will have far less waste in our landfills with more and more people using cloth diapers. In fact, about 27.4 billion disposable diapers are sent to landfills each year in the U.S., and they will remain there for over 500 years before they degrade.
But landfills aren’t the only environmental concern when it comes to diapers. Cloth diapers also require far fewer resources to produce compared to disposables. Approximately 300 lbs of wood, 20 lbs of chlorine, and 50 lbs of petroleum gets used per each baby that uses disposable diapers.
The demand for raw materials creates inflation of gas prices, and a ton of gas gets spent each year to haul disposables to stores and landfills. Not to mention all the gas that gets consumed by parents running to the store all the time to buy diapers.
Now, you may be thinking “But what about all the water that it takes to wash cloth diapers?” This tends to be a major criticism of cloth diapers, but when you look into the facts, the number of gallons it takes to launder cloth diapers is up to 2.3 times less than that is required to produce products like disposables.
Personally, our water bill only went up about $3-5/month when using cloth diapers full time. That to me seems pretty minuscule compared to the 9 gallons of water it takes to produce just ONE disposable diaper. And sure, it does require some water to produce cloth diapers as well, but if you’re using water-wise laundry techniques and reusing them on multiple children, then you can certainly minimize your carbon footprint.
To Sum It Up
Parenting comes with many difficult choices, but remember that quick and easy isn’t always the best option. Cloth diapers are the right choice for many parents because they lack harmful chemicals, encourage early potty training, save tons of money, reduce waste, and conserve materials. The astounding benefits of cloth diapers make them the better choice, no matter what your income is.
The Bottom line (pun intended) that we can't forget here, is that Cloth diapers are FUN!!! CUTE - COLORFUL and make change time such a beautiful intimate moment with your child.
About the Author
Jenny Silverstone is a mother of two, the blogger behind MomLovesBest.com, and a Modern Eco friendly mama. She loves writing about eco-friendly parenting methods, and some of her expertise are in cloth diapering, babywearing, and breastfeeding.
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