Today, many people are turning to cloth diapers as a way to save money. After all, we all know how expensive single-use or disposable diapers can be and most people are willing to put a little work into something that has such huge financial savings, especially when these financial savings might also be in baby's best interest as well. There is of course the initial investment, but after the diapers have been purchased once they can last through several other children.
Another factor making cloth diapers so popular is that they are environmentally friendly. Disposable diapers are projected to take approximately 500 years to break down in the landfills they are clogging. This of course is a "projected" figure, because disposable diapers have not been around that long. What we do know for certain is that every disposable diaper ever used and deposited into the landfill is still sitting there! That's enough to be alarming, especially when one considers that fact that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the U.S. alone. And each of those is still waiting to breakdown while every day more are added to the pile.
On the other hand, cloth diapers can be used over and over again and often will outlast several children. And when they have outlasted their usefulness as a diaper, they make the best rags for cleaning, polishing and many other uses. Talk about getting the most out of a product!
Not only are cloth diapers better for the environment, they are also much better for baby. For one thing, have you ever felt a disposable diaper? They are hard and make weird crunchy noises. They are also made from various chemicals, wood pulp and plastic â¦ does that even sound pleasant? Lay a soft and cozy cloth diaper next to any disposable and see which one you would want to spend 24/7 with.
Cloth diapers are also free of dyes, chemicals and bleaching agents and allow baby's skin to breath instead of wrapping it in hot plastic. This means, fewer diaper rashes and no exposure to potentially harmful substances.
Whichever diapering method you choose, it doesn't have to be an all or nothing process. Some people choose to use cloth diapers when at home and use disposables when out and about. Once you give cloth diapering a try, you might find that it's nowhere as inconvenient as you thought it would be and the cost savings can add up quickly.