Thursday, July 29, 2010

Benefits of Cloth Diapers

Now that I've discussed some of the misconceptions of cloth diapering, it's time to talk about why cloth is best. While some parents and advocates of cloth could go on for days describing the pros, I'll keep this list short.
  • Better for the Environment   
There is a huge debate going on about how long it takes a disposable diaper to decompose in a landfill.  While some scientists argue that it will take 500 years, others argue that there is no way to know since disposables haven't been around that long.  Regardless of how long it takes, we can all agree that our landfills are getting too full.  Reducing the amount of trash being emptied into the landfills is something we should all strive to do.  Cloth diapers is one way to do that.  Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
  • Cost Effective
I just looked at wal-mart's website for disposable diaper prices.  A box of Huggies with 192 diapers will cost $35.  On average, newborns use 12 diapers a day, which means this particular box with last you 16 days.  You can easily wind up spending $70/month.  If you buy those diapers all year, you'll spend about $840 on diapers alone.  By investing a few hundred dollars into cloth diapers, you will begin to save money after only 2-4 months.
  • No Harmful Chemicals
Disposable diapers contain a chemical known as sodium polyacralate.  I've always called them diaper crystals.  They possess the capability of absorbing 300 times their weight, which is pretty amazing.  The problem is that this is a chemical.  It might be harmful to your baby and is definitely harmful to the environment.  With cloth diapers, you control what chemicals your baby is exposed to.
  •  Quicker Potty Training Time
Studies have shown that children who wear cloth, because they can better feel when they are wet, spend less time learning to potty train, which means more time for fun activities and park adventures!
  • No Late-Night Trips
No need to worry about running out of diapers in the middle of the night.  If you run out of cloth, just pop a load into the washer. In addition, you'll also save money on gas!
  •  They Are So Cute!
Don't you agree?

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