When you first mention to a friend or family member that you are thinking of switching to cloth, they come back at you with remarks like, “Ew, why would you do that”, “That’s gross”, and “That is way to much work”.
I’m going to tell you why that is wrong, and I am going to give you some reasons why cloth is the way to go!
1. Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, that the FDA has listed as most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals
2. Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin which is a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.
3. The CPA (Consumer Protection Agency) has had reports regarding disposable diapers include chemical burns, noxious chemical and insecticide odors, babies pulling disposables apart and putting pieces of plastic into their noses and mouths and choking on them, plastic melting onto the skin, and ink staining the skin.
4. With modern fabrics and washing machines, even if you decide to wash out diapers before putting them in the diaper pail, you can use a convenient diaper sprayer or pail system to do this without a huge mess.
5. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that an estimated 8,469 incidents involving diapers occurred in the year 2000 alone. While the majority of these were limited to allergic reactions and severe diaper rashes, several hundred were attributed to choking, burns and other risks associated with disposable diapers.
6. Cloth diapers can be held onto and reused by your next baby. Usually a cloth diaper will last through use and washing for at least two kids, sometimes more. You have your next baby and you already own and have paid for their diapers. That adds up to a huge savings and makes for a great investment!
7. Used cloth diapers hold their value and can resell at a great price.
8. According to the Clean Air Council, in the United States alone, 570 diapers are thrown in the garbage per second. That comes to 49 million disposable diapers that are added to landfills every day. In contrast, a high-quality cloth diaper can be laundered and reused a minimum of 100 times, thereby significantly reducing the energy burden that goes into diaper production as well as reducing waste.
9. Most cloth diapers are made and sold by work at home moms. Even many of the larger cloth diaper companies, like Nifty Nappy, Cotton Babies, and the maker of Fuzzibunz! So you can support the WAHM’s!
10. The BEST reason is that it is safer, environment friendly, more comfy, and WAY cuter than disposables!
I truly do not think it is harder to use cloth over disposables, having used them both. There is just on extra step.. Wash them.. I can say I love knowing I do not have to go out and buy diapers every pay day! (Might I add, diapers that are not good for my child's bum) It is a great feeling.
I was able to talk with Vilate, the maker of the Nifty Nappy and she shared with me why she starting using and making cloth diapers. “…but in the end. it is as simple as...I started for the cost! We were poor college kids. But it soon became so much more. I kept doing it because I love the fact that it is better for my baby! “ says Vilate.
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