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The Many Benefits of Cloth Diapers

The Many Benefits of Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers: some people do not even consider them as an alternative to the widely-used disposable diapers of today. However, more and more parents are becoming aware of the many advantages of diapering their children with cloth. The benefits can be seen in your wallet, their skin and in the environment. This option is a conscious effort to do something to help not only your family but others. So set aside all your preconceived notions about cloth diapers and look at the many reasons why it is time to make a change.

Investing in cloth diapers truly does save you money. Once you have decided cloth diapers are the correct choice for you and your child, it is recommended to buy 18 to 20 diapers. Some diapers in fact “grow” with your child, allowing them to be used for the duration of your child’s diapering years. The cloth diapers are specifically designed to be durable and able to stand up to many cycles in the washer and dryer- some will even last through multiple children. This reuse will save you so much money in the long run when compared to disposable diapers. This, however, is only one advantage.

Disposable diapers can irritate your child’s skin, causing diaper rashes and other problems. They don’t allow the skin to breath and can contain chemicals that can harm your child’s sensitive skin. Cloth diapers eliminate all of these problems. Cloth, in addition to being naturally absorbent, is a soft material that will not cause irritation. Overall cotton pampers your child’s skin and allows it to maintain a healthy balance.

Another added benefit is helping our environment. Calling diapers “disposable” is misleading because they really are not; they clog our nation’s landfills. According to Susan Crawford Beil’s The Diaper Dilemma: The Environmental Cost of Diapers, weighing the environmental costs of disposables versus cloth diapers, one baby will go through 6,000 disposable diapers during its estimated diapering period of two and a half years. Many disposable diapers are made with layers of wood pulp, which contributes to the cutting down of trees. Also, Beil says, every baby diapered in disposables produces over two tons of waste via these diapers—and it takes 500 years for disposable diapers to decompose! Cloth diapers are not only reusable but recyclable—and the obvious choice for environmentally-conscious families.

Finally, it’s important to look at cloth diapers with an open mind. Don’t imagine them as the way of the past. Today’s cloth diapers have been updated to be convenient. Innovations such as Snappis instead of pins and elasticized legs, as well as amazing fabrics and too-cute prints have brought many parents full circle. We hope you see the many reasons why cloth diapers can make a difference in your life. Saving money, keeping your child healthy and helping the environment makes cloth diapers a smart choice.