The Case for Cloth Diapers

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Cloth diapering isn’t as intimidating as it may seem. I was a cloth diaper mom when there wasn’t an option to use disposables. We used big safety pins and rubber pants. Those days are gone. Bulky terry squares have been replaced by lightweight all-in-one designer diapers, so gorgeous that if you go on Pinterest, you will see moms showing off their collection of diapers in all the colors of the rainbow and in a wonderful array of designs.

The strangest thing is, if you declare to your disposable diaper friends that you are thinking of using cloth diapers, they will try so very hard to change your mind. They will tell you that you don’t want to mess with all that poop. Do their babies not poop? Do they not have to change diapers too? With the disposable eco-friendly liners that are laid inside the cloth diapers these days, one can just flush the poop (with the liner) and throw the diaper in the wash. At the end of the day, all you have to do is turn on the washing machine. With disposables, you are left with a trash can full of dirty poop filled diapers that MUST be taken out each night. Hundreds of dollars every month into the land fields.

There are three primary reasons why people choose cloth diapers over disposable diapers.

1. Cost Savings
Using cloth diapers will save you $1,000 in your first year. If you use the same diapers for the next child, you will save over $4,000. That includes laundering costs. And when baby has outgrown the diapers you can sell them on consignment or gift them to a new mom.

2. Environmental Impact
If all the dirty diapers used in one year were bundled together, they would fill 30 Empire State Buildings. In the United States, we throw away 20 BILLION disposable diapers each year. Each diaper takes up to 500 years to decompose – and that includes the poop carefully wrapped inside.

3. Baby’s Health
Using cloth diapers, you know exactly what is next to baby’s skin, plus you have the choice to use diapers made from totally organic materials. Disposable diapers contain petroleum, bleaches, sodium polyacrylate, wood pulp, dioxins, and artificial fragrances.

Since you have to change diapers anyway why not give cloth a chance?

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Janet Chambers

A native of England, Janet Chambers can be found most Saturdays teaching cloth diaper classes at The Babytalk Store in Northport, Alabama which is owned by her sister Christin Cover.

Janet is also the creator of the Feely Phonic Alphabet and is the author of two books about early childhood literacy and learning – Ready, Set, Read: Building A Love of Letters and Literacy through Fun Phonics Activities’ and The Intermingled Curriculum. Since 1980, she has taught children of all ages, including children with special needs, both in England and the US.

For more on The BabyTalk Store visit babytalkstore.com or call 205-333-1594.