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Why Use Cloth Diapers?

USE CLOTH DIAPERS AND SAVE OVER $1000!  On average, you will spend $2000 on disposable diapers per child. Compare that to an average of $300-700 (that includes laundering expenses) for your first child's diapering years using cloth diapers.  A second and third child will cost much less, as many of the diapers can be re-used. Depending on the diaper system you use you can spend a little less or more than the above mentioned amount for your first child.

USE CLOTH DIAPERS AND REDUCE DIAPER RASH!  Diaper rash is seldom a problem when using cloth diapers. Cloth diapers are more breathable and cloth diapered babies are changed more often, as the diaper starts feeling damp after (on average) 3 hours.  Disposable diapers can mask the wetness, therefore child care providers and parents have no indication of how long the child has been wearing a wet or poopy diaper. This, together with the fact that disposable diapers can become much hotter, allows more rapid bacterial growth which can cause diaper rash.  If your baby has sensitive skin the reaction to the chemicals in disposable diapers may also contribute to diaper rash.

CLOTH DIAPERS ARE FAST AND EASY TO USE - UNIQUE FASTENER/LINER SYSTEM!  The new styles of cloth diapers now available are as easy to use as a disposable.  Plus using the Flushable liners (a soft, tissue like piece that you flush down the toilet with all the solids) or a Diaper Sprayer,  you will never have to dunk or touch a dirty diaper!!!  The added effort of doing two to three additional loads of laundry per week is worth the many benefits for your child, your pocketbook and the environment.

CLOTH DIAPERS ARE COOL & COMFORTABLE FOR BABY!   Cloth diapers are soft and comfortable made of natural, chemical free, very absorbent fibers.  Most diapers are made of cotton.  Sometimes microfiber or hemp is used.  Unlike disposable diapers, cloth diapers tend to stay cool even on the hottest summer day.  Many modern cloth diapers today use a layer of fleece against the babies skin.  This ultra soft layer will keep you baby feeling dry at all times, since it wicks the moisture into the diaper.

POTTY TRAINING IS EASIER WITH CLOTH DIAPERS!  On average, we have found that cloth diapered children potty train 6 months earlier than children wearing disposable diapers.

CLOTH DIAPERING FITS ANY LIFESTYLE!  Cloth diapering easily adapts to fit even the busiest lifestyle or any full time daycare situation.  No more running out in the evening to buy an emergency package of disposable diapers!

CLOTH DIAPERS ARE A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE THAT MAY BE SAFER FOR NEW DELICATE SKIN!  Cloth diapers don't contain any of the harmful chemicals that disposables tend to be loaded with.

Cloth Diapers are better for your baby!

Your child will spend the first 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years of his or her life in diapers.  Disposable diapers are an easy way of diapering, but are the possible health hazards these diapers pose worth the simplicity?  Look below at some studies that have been conducted and their scary results.

MALE INFERTILITY Disposable diapers could be the cause of the sharp rise in male infertility over the past 25 years.  It is thought that disposable diapers heat up boys' testicles to such a degree that it stops them from developing normally.

SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, which is linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome and can therefore no longer be used in tampons, is the super absorbent gel in disposable diapers. You can find the little "gel balls" on the skin of your baby's bottom.  It is interesting to note that employees in factories manufacturing sodium polyacrylate have a higher risk of female organ problems, slow healing wounds, fatigue and weight loss.

TBT (TRIBULYTIN) In May 2000 Greenpeace found TBT in Pampers® Baby Dry in Germany.  TBT is one of the most toxic substances ever made.  It harms the immune system and impairs the hormonal system.   There is speculation that it could cause boys to become sterile.

DIOXIN Traces of the carcinogen Dioxin have been found in disposable diapers.  Dioxin causes liver disease, immune system suppression and genetic damage.  It is a byproduct of bleaching with chlorine gas and is banned in most countries.  Unfortunately, the USA still allows it.

ASTHMA In 1998 a study showed that childhood respiratory problems, including asthma, might be linked to inhaling the mixture of chemicals emitted from disposable diapers.

UTI INFECTIONS IN BABY GIRLS also seem on the rise with an increased use of disposable diapers.  This could be due to longer time periods between changes.

Cloth Diapers are better for the Environment!

Every child adds a minimum of 6500 disposable diapers (30% of which is non biodegradable) to our landfills.  Included in the soiled diapers are many pounds of raw fecal matter.  Viruses found in the feces can pose a threat to our water supplies and wildlife, by seeping through cracks that sometimes develop in landfills. If you read the disposable diaper packaging, it often says you should remove solid waste from the diaper before disposing. Do you know anyone who actually does that?

The manufacturing of disposable diapers poses another threat to our environment, requiring large quantities of wood pulp (trees) and dangerous complex chemical substances, which leave behind many harmful byproducts.