In the last few years more and more people have started switching to cloth diapers instead of disposable. Most people tend to have a picture in their head of a white rag buttoned with a safety pin and hand washing these white rags, like people had to do generations ago.
So, what’s all the fuss about? Why are cloth diapers becoming popular, and people are CHOOSING cloth over disposable?
Well for one, they look a lot nicer now than before:
Cloth diapers have come a long way, and the cute outside cover (that come in every color or design) keeps the diapers from leaking, so you don’t have to worry about that!
There are a few reasons people are going to cloth diapers:
1. Saving money! We all know buying diapers is hard on any family, especially with young children. On your first child if you buy the diapers and account for the laundry costs the total for 3 years of diapering is about $800 -$1,100. This is about half the cost of disposable diapers! And if you save your diapers for a second child, it will only cost you about $400 for 3 years! (http://www.parents.com/baby/diapers/cloth/basics/)
2. Your baby’s health is another reason! Your baby is less likely to get diaper rash when using cloth diapers because the cloth breaths more than the plastic on disposable diapers. So, if your baby gets diaper rash regularly you might be able to help them by making the switch! Cloth diapers also “contain no chemicals such as chlorine, perfumes or polyacrylate (a chemical used for absorbency). Chlorine and other chemicals can strip away good protective bacteria on the skin and change the pH balance of your infant, which can cause dryness and skin irritations.” You can read more about that at: http://www.wetreatkidsbetter.org/2012/12/cloth-diapers-truth-facts-and-benefits-for-infant-and-family/
3. The final major reason people switch is for the environment! All of the chemicals and plastics used to make disposable diapers do not decompose, so that means that they are sitting in the landfill and polluting the environment with the same chemicals they are made of. Think about all of the diapers just one baby goes through in just one year, that’s a lot of diapers!
Every family should choose the things that make the most sense for their lifestyle and parenting. Some people love cloth diapers, some people don’t or it doesn’t fit their lifestyle, and some people do a little of both. There is no one way to do anything, even diapers!