I started cloth diapering my 4 month old, 3 & 4 year old's in Feb. 2010. My husband "bucked" me on this and it took nearly 4 months of CDing before he would even put one on the kids, you know how some people don't like change! I slowly phased out of the disposables just for him and now he doesn't complain. I have fallen in love with it and have decided to share my love with everyone!
I now have an online store and will be holding diaper parties everywhere I travel!
Maybe I will even open a "brick and mortar" store one day!
Bottom line, I wish someone had showed me cloth YEARS ago! Ditch the disposables! I LOVE cloth diapering. Everyone CAN afford it. In 3-5 months you start saving money! I would love for the whole world to switch to cloth!!!
Apparently, the average baby needs something like 6-8 thousand diaper changes from birth to age 3! Now I will herald the health, odor and environmental benefits until the cows come home, but the reality of the situation is that if you can look and feel amazing while reaping all of those benefits – who wouldn’t?
Did you know that there are toxic chemicals in disposable diapers? I was surprised and appalled! The chemical Dioxin is present in disposables. Dioxin is listed by the EPA as the most toxic of cancer related chemicals and has been banned in most countries but not the US. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the tissues and cause them to mutate into cancer cells. Remember Toxic Shock Syndrome? Disposables also contain Tributyl-tin (TBT), which is a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals. It was removed from tampons in the 1980's, yet disposable diapers contain TBT, and it can sit against your baby's skin for up to 24 hours per day. So, not dealing with the rash issues caused by the toxic stuff in disposables can’t be bad either.
Also, disposable diapers do not "breath" like cloth. This causes a child's scrotum to be up to 2 degrees higher than the rest of his body temperature and many professionals believe this can be linked to infertility problems later in life.
Based on the cost for disposable diapers, that's $2,500 to $3,000 per child! In comparison, you can cloth diaper a child from birth to potty-training anywhere from $400-$800 (depending on the type of diapers you choose) but you've about paid yourself back in the fourth month. That savings doubles and triples as you have more children because you can use the same cloth diapers on them. Even if you use a cloth diaper cleaning service, your cost savings are still impressive! No more running to the store every week for more diapers! Invest one time and your cloth diapers can carry you from birth to potty training! Also surprising, babies in cloth are changed more regularly than in disposable diapers resulting in very few diaper rashes. My son had bloodly diaper rashes till we switched to cloth. This saves you from having to purchase expensive rash creams and treatments. No more money down the drain!!!
Even better, cloth diapers and accessories have a resale value even after you're done with them!
The other major plus is the environmental benefit, because each disposable diaper takes somewhere between 300-500 years OR MORE to break down. Oh yes, that was 500.The Real Diaper Association also states "Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for ONE baby EACH YEAR." Another shock, manufacturers of disposable diapers use 2.3 times more water than the manufacture and maintenance of cloth diapers.
Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills and represent 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste!
To add to that statistic, did you know it takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers for American babies alone? The Real Diaper Association estimates that 27.4 Billion disposables are used each year in the US alone. That is millions of tons of human waste sitting in our landfills potentially leeching into our ground water. Each year! Not participating in this will allow me to breathe easier and give myself a nice little green pat on the back.
Think you have to wait to age 3 to potty-train? Not with cloth! Babies in cloth diapers potty train sooner than babies in disposables! Many believe this is because babies can feel the wetness much easier in cloth than in modern pull-ups and training pants. This is a clear advantage in potty training.
Nearly 3.5 billion gallons of oil are used to produce the 18 billion throwaway diapers that Americans toss each year. To put that in perspective, that's more than the amount of crude we import annually from Kuwait. Need a visual? Picture one of those diaper commercials where someone pours a container of liquid into a nappy to demonstrate absorbency. Now replace the pretend pee in that cup with petroleum -- that's about how much oil (2/3 cup) it takes to make just one disposable diaper!