Cloth Diapers: Best for your Baby

Why you should make the switch!

Disposable diapers:  the invention of the century for busy moms. They come folded up neatly in plastic packaging, they serve their purpose, then are tossed in the trash to never be seen again. With a market of nearly seven billion dollars a year, you can bet that Pampers isn't going out of business soon. But those commercials with happy babies crawling around in their Huggies don't tell you the real truth: what's best for your baby - and the earth - is to stay far, far away from these diapers.

Disposable diapers don't biodegrade, so they sit in landfills - about 25 billion of them in the US  a year. They're the third largest consumer product in landfills at this very moment, taped shut with babies' solid waste trapped inside, so even that can't biodegrade. (For the record, disposable diapers include instructions to put all fecal matter in the toilet before discarding the diaper, but no one does.)

Some other amazing facts about disposables? 

"Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process.  It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals.  It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S.
Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) - a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.
In May 2000, the Archives of Disease in Childhood published research showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers, and that prolonged use of disposable diapers will blunt or completely abolish the physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for normal spermatogenesis." [786]

So if you're not using disposable diapers, what do you use?

Cloth diapers! 

Moms swear by them. No diaper rashes, no irritation, no stinky trash, no problem. Sure, you've got to do a little extra work by spraying some poop into the toilet but it protects your baby, saves you money, and has little impact on the environment (unlike disposables).

It's so easy to get a few and try them out. If there is a cloth diaper service in your area, give them a call and do a trial run. If you're already convinced, there are many companies that make great (and cute!) products that will be a perfect fit for you and your baby. Have a look at companies like LolliDoo, Rumparooz and Kissaluvs (and remember, you may be able to find some gently-used cloth diapers too!) You can even put them on a baby registry list if you're having a baby shower!

Also check out Etsy if you're interested in supporting other moms who have small cloth diaper businesses.

Happy Diapering!

Cute cloth diapers!