Cloth diapering is starting to make a huge comeback these days and many parents are finding themselves getting more curious about them. “Why” is the most common question when it comes to getting started or switching from using disposables. As a mother, switching to cloth diapers was, hands down, the best choice that I could have ever made for my son.
Let’s start with the facts:
The biggest reason why most parents are choosing to go cloth is due to the outrageous amount that disposable diapers cost over the year. Take a look at the chart below and prepare to be amazed at the total costs.
Depending on the brand of disposable diaper that you choose, you can be spending anywhere from $1,500 to almost $5,000 on each child for diapers alone. That is a huge and unnecessary investment over a course of 3 years! The truth is that we do not see those figures since it slowly accrues over time. With cloth diapering, you spend a one time investment, which is more costly up front, and that is why many parents shy away from the idea. But to compare $1,000 or less to up to $5,000 for disposables? Come on now! Personally, I have spent $500 on my cloth diapers and wipes and have not had to spend any more money on my 3 month old son so far. If you take great care of your cloth diapers, they may last to the next child!
Sadly, a lot of mothers out there have no idea that disposables are FILLED with chemicals. They contain one poison called TBT which is a toxic pollutant that is known to cause hormonal issues in humans and animals. Disposables also contain a chemical called Dioxin which is carcinogenic and extremely toxic. Not to scare you, but disposables contain yet ANOTHER toxic chemical called sodium polyacrylate which turns into a gel substance when wet (such as after urination). It increases the risk of TSS-toxic shock syndrome. The same exact thing is found in tampons! There is a recent story of a mother who’s son was wearing Huggies brand diapers and the diaper broke and the gel substance ran down his leg causing chemical burns which landed him in the hospital. This also helped make my choice a lot easier!
Babies who are cloth diapered have been shown to have a huge decreased chance of diaper rash which means no need for expensive creams. My son has only gotten a rash in disposable diapers when he was newborn. I was trying to use up some of the diapers that were given to me at my shower, but after seeing his terrible rashes, I threw them all away and started him on cloth at two weeks. The result? No more diaper rashes!
Think of how many disposable diapers your baby will go through before he or she is potty trained. Now, imagine all the babies in the world who are in disposable diapers. Got that idea? Okay, now, imagine all of those diapers sitting in a landfill among daily trash from every home in America? Can’t fathom it, can you? Statistics show that each child who wears disposables will send 1-2 tons of waste to the landfills every two years. Another fact? It will take anywhere between 250-500 years for one diaper to break down in that landfill. How long does it take for cloth to break down? Less than a year! Why? Because most cloth diapers are made from cotton, bamboo, or hemp. In your average household, disposable diapers make up 50% of all household waste! So cloth diapering obviously benefits the environment by cutting down on unnecessary wastes and helping to make the world a better place for our future generations.
Faster Potty Training
Studies have shown that babies who are cloth diapered have potty trained faster than children who wore disposable diapers. Disposable diapers are so absorbent that often times, the child cannot feel how wet he or she actually is. But with cloth diapering, the feeling and sensation is totally different. They feel that they are wet or dirty-they don’t like it-therefore they are more likely to use their training potty. In 1957-back in the day where disposables did not exist-children were potty trained by age 11 months and were dry for most of the day by age 2. Amazing statistics!
These are just a few of the basic reasons why I have chosen cloth diapering. Besides, they are soooo cute! I know that cloth diapering is not as convenient as a disposable diaper; however, based on the benefits, it is definitely worth it! Give cloth diapering a try and take advantage of our low priced cloth diaper starter kits along with signing up for Lil Bums newsletter to take an additional 10% off of your entire purchase!