Ask your grandma about raising children back in her day and she will most likely bring up the cloth diaper. Of course, back then, this was the norm and having to clean diapers and pin and unpin them to babies all day long, was the only option. Many women can't imagine having to "dump" diapers and clean something someone had soiled all of the time. The sad thing is that many women don't take the time to research costs, effects and what it is really like to use cloth diapers. So what are some of the top reasons to even try cloth diapers?
Chemicals - Many of the chemicals used to make disposable diapers are not ones that you want your child exposed to. "It was found that xylene and ethyl benzene were given off by certain diapers, chemicals that are suspected endocrine, neurological and respiratory toxins; along with styrene, a chemical linked to cancer and isopropylene, a neurotoxin." This is terrifying. Obviously, a problem that cloth diapers don't come with, for this reason alone, it is worth trying cloth diapers.
Rashes - Many rashes that babies get could be linked to the chemicals used in disposable diapers. Babies skin is already sensitive, so anything that can irritate it, will.
Money - There is indisputable proof that you will save hundreds, even thousands of dollars by using cloth diapers. The money saved by using cloth makes them worth at least trying, with all of the countless expenses that come with having a baby, from delivery to college, every dime is crucial to save.
Environment - Finally, leaving a tiny carbon footprint these days is not only admirable, but something that all parents should strive for. On average, for one child, at 6 diaper changes a day for two and a half years, amounts to almost 5,500 diapers piled up in a land fill. We all want to leave our kids with a clean planet and using cloth diapers is a huge step in achieving that goal.
Kathryn Murphy Date 12/15/2013
My biggest reason to start CDing was to save money, but I also love creating less waste.
Maggie M. Date 12/15/2013
I think disposables are so nasty! I used them with my first until he was about a year old and then switched to cloth. I am so glad I have friends that helped get me into it. It's funny you bring up Grandma talking about it. I just had a really good conversation with my grandma over Thanksgiving weekend and she brought up cloth diapers! It was so funny to see her realize I used cloth diapers for my kids when she saw me change his diaper.
I also think it's funny people get so grossed out by having to dump the poo in the toilet. What they don't know is that technically you're suppose to do that with disposables. It says so right there on the box.
Mary Date 12/15/2013
There are so many great reasons to use cloth! I wish more parents would give cloth a chance!
Lianne Date 12/15/2013
All of those are excellent reasons! I'd also add in the cute factor. :) All those prints are so cute!
Leela R. Date 12/16/2013
We chose cloth primarily to avoid chemical exposure, with reducing waste a strong secondary reason. Turns out that avoiding rashes was an unanticipated side benefit as we recently found out after doing a stint in disposables the other week.
Julie S. Date 12/16/2013
For me it's 30% money savings, 30% environmental and 40% cute factor. Cloth diapers are soooo much cuter than crinkly sposies.
Juan's Mommy Date 12/16/2013
I found this recipe online the other day, seems pretty basic. I too am trying to save as much money as possible with my baby. Has anyone used the homemade laundry detergent on cloth diapers?
Kim H Date 12/16/2013
Our main reason for cloth diapering was money, but all the other points are amazing perks as well! They also hold in poo explosions much better than disposables!
Rachel Date 12/16/2013
I wanted to use cloth diapers to save money, but my priority was to save thousands of diapers from entering the landfill. I wish more people knew how easy it is to CD.
Mary Date 12/18/2013
I think if they sold actual diapers (not just the crummy Gerber prefolds) at stores like Wal-Mart and Target (though some do, I'm sure) so parents could *see* them and realize how easy it can be, then maybe more parents would cloth diaper their little ones.
Nicholle Holycross Date 2/23/2014
Great points. I also love them because they are just so cute!