Why Use Cloth Diapers?

May 5, 2009 by Angie Stewart  
Published in Motherhood

Cloth diapers are cost-effective, convenient, and environmental friendly. Learn more about the joys of cloth diapering.

Modern cloth diapers are different from the ones of the past! Cotton diapers no longer require sharp pins and plastic pants; they are cost effective, environmentally friendly, and even more healthy for your child.

Cost Effectiveness

Statistically, the average family spends roughly $600/year on disposable diapers for one child! This number equates to an average cost of $1,500 – $2,000 for one child for disposable diapers until they are successfully potty trained.

The cost of cloth diapers averages from $200 – $750. Unlike their disposable counterparts, cloth diapers are reusable and can also be used on the next sibling(s)! This equates to a lot of money savings!

Many claim that the cost of washing cloth diapers creates an equal playing field for both the cloth and the disposable diapers. To demonstrate the cost effectiveness of cloth diapering, consider the following:

  • An average load of laundry costs 50 cents
  • If one washed a load of cloth diapers every day (an extreme, most wash their diapers once or twice a week), they would spend $15/month or a $180/year.

Therefore, the cost of diapering one child in cloth diapers for 36 months would range from $740 – $1,290. The savings add up – especially when another child uses the same diapers. Cloth diapers allow one to save money with every diaper changing!

You can further your overall savings by making your own diaper wipes – it is simple and inexpensive!

Environmentally Friendly

Over 3.5 million tons of disposable diapers are placed in landfills each year. These “disposable” and biodegradable diapers take over 500 years to decompose. In addition, the decomposing plastics, wastes, and chemicals found within disposable diapers threaten to pollute water supplies and harm animals. Reports indicate that disposable diapers are responsible for at least half of the garbage and wastes consumed by an average family with only one baby.

On the other hand, cloth diapers do not contain harmful chemicals or plastic pollution. When the cloth diapers have spent their longevity clothing babies’ bottoms, they can be modified and used as durable rags. These fabrics can be recycled or burned and they decompose quicker than the disposable diaper. Thus, cloth diapers help us all to reduce, reuse, and recycle – helping to keep the earth a beautiful place for centuries to come.

More Healthy

Asthma – Recent studies suggest that the chemicals found within disposable diapers are responsible for many outbreaks of asthma. Society has seen a dramatic increase in asthma attacks in younger children since the rising use of disposable diapers.

Infertility – A correlation has been found between male infertility and the use of disposable diapers. Disposable diapers do not allow proper air ventilation and may promote a warmer environment for the baby boy – creating an unfriendly environment for the male reproductive system.

Diaper Rash – Diaper rashes are less likely to occur in a child who is wearing cloth diapers.

Chemicals – Cloth diapers do not contain the harmful chemicals found within disposable diapers. The chemicals found within disposable diapers have been linked to cancer, birth defects, liver damage, skin diseases, asthma, male infertility, and Toxic Shock Syndrome (in women).

Proper Ventilation – The plastics found in disposable diapers do not allow for proper skin ventilation, creating a very moist and humid environment for disease to proliferate. In addition, the toxins found within urine and feces are not friendly to one’s skin when stored in a warm humid environment. Cloth diapers provide more ventilation and reduce humidity and heat.

Increased Diaper Changing Frequency – Cloth diapers do not allow a child to stay in the same diaper for hours on end as they do not contain chemicals to wick the urine away. This decreases the likelihood of irritation or disease from long-term urine or feces against the skin.

Added Benefit for Mom and Dad – Using cloth diapers appears to assist in the potty training process. A child in cloth diapers will readily recognize when their diaper becomes wet and moist, thus increasing their understanding of their bodily functions.

You can positively affect the environment, your checkbook, and your child’s health by choosing cloth diapers!

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2 Responses to “Why Use Cloth Diapers?”
  1. Jeff9 Says:

    The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Hand Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use at the same time as you benefit from using it on the diapers, by using it on yourself. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: “if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn’t wipe it off with paper, would you? You’d wash it off” Available at http://www.bathroomsprayers.com they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won’t know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we’re talking green and helping the environment without any pain. One review: http://jonathanandandrea.blogspot.com/2009/04/spray-it-or-scrub-it.html

  2. kerena Says:


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