Why Cloth?Because babies raised in cloth will grow up healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Cloth diapers are healthier for babies.
1. Because cloth diapers breathe better than disposable, cloth-diapered babies typically do not get diaper rash.
2. A 1999 study briefed in the Archives of Environmental Health linked disposable diapers to asthma and eye/nose/throat irritations.
3. The plastic lining in disposable diapers has been linked to both testicular cancer and male infertility in several studies.
4. The chemicals used in disposable diapers – including chlorine bleach, petrolatum, perfumes, stearyl alcohol, cellulose tissue, sodium polyacralate — are not subject to government testing or approval. No one really knows the long term effects of keeping these chemicals so close to baby’s skin 24 hours a day for three years. it is known that the polyacrylate gel in disposable diapers steals moisture from baby’s skin, and studies strongly suggest that this chemical may cause asthma. Still not convinced? Sodium polyacrylate is the same substance that was removed from tampons because of its link to toxic shock syndrome. Yikes.
Cloth diapers are better for the environment.
Let’s face it, human beings create waste — it is our job to minimize the impact our waste makes on our planet. While cloth diapers don’t have a zero impact on the earth, their impact is significantly lighter than using thousands of disposables per child.
The manufacture and use of disposables uses 2.3 times more water than cloth. Disposable diapers are the third largest consumer item in landfills, representing about 4% of solid waste sitting in our earth. No one really knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but estimates range from 250-500 years all they way up to forever (meaning they may NEVER decompose). According to the EPA, disposable diapers total 2.7 million tons of garbage sitting in landfills. If a diaper isn't cloth, it's garbage.
Cloth diapers will save you THOUSANDS of dollars.
Cloth-diapering families spend $100-$500 purchasing cloth diapers and support items. On average, families that choose disposable diapers will spend $2500 during the 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years babies are wearing diapers. Keep in mind that cloth diapers can be reused for future kids, so the cost per use continues to decrease.
And you can save even more money because cloth diapered babies are potty trained much sooner.
Babies in cloth diapers feel wet when they pee, so they usually understand the concept behind potty training at an earlier age. It is common for kids in cloth to be potty-trained by the age of 2. On the other hand, disposable diapers are so absorbent that kids don’t even realize they have a dirty diaper. Kids in disposables often aren't fully potty-trained until after their third birthday.
Choosing cloth often cuts out an entire year of diaper changing. Pretty nice!