Use cloth diapers to save money and the environment. Your baby will thank you one day.
As a new mom, you may be looking to discover new ways of making your baby’s life even more perfect — and maybe save a few bucks along the way. But what if this new way is actually an old way? And what if it’s one of the easiest and most responsible things you do to help improve the future for your baby? Well, sign me up, right?
Yes, cloth diapers. Calling back on simpler times, cloth diapers make diapering less wasteful. According to a report by The Real Diaper Association,
- over 300 pounds of wood,
- 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks
- and 20 pounds of chlorine
are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby each year.
These are shocking figures, enough to have any responsible parent realize what a wasteful and harmful thing we are doing when we choose to use disposable diapers over traditional and natural eco-friendly cloth diapers.
Making the choice between disposable and cloth diapers is an important decision, and it’s important to be fully informed in order to be able to make that choice. For many of us, it has seemed that disposables are the only choice, but they aren’t any more! As cloth diapers become more and more popular, diaper services are sprouting up everywhere, making the choice to cloth diaper easy and hassle free!
Let’s look at a few more facts from the Real Diaper Association:
- 92% of disposable diapers end up in the trash
- It costs more than $300 million each year to dispose of disposable diapers
- Disposable diapers make up 1/3 of consumer items in landfills
- Disposable diapers make up 4% of solid waste
- Disposable diapers can make up 50% of a home’s waste
- Disposable diapers generate 60 times more solid waste than cloth diapers
- Disposable diapers use up 20 times more raw materials than cloth diapers
And think of the cost. Cloth diapers can potentially save hundreds of dollars over the years in diapering costs compared to the cost of disposable diapers.
Cloth diapers are also softer on your baby’s bottom.
The most common reason for diaper rash is excessive moisture against the skin, which is a given with disposable diapers. Diaper rash was almost unheard of before the use of rubber or plastic pants in the 1940s.
But cloth diapers have come a long way since the ‘40s in the look and feel of the materials. These days you can find diaper covers with fun and cute designs and patterns that will make your little prince or princess look even cuter (if that’s even possible!). From fire trucks and rocket ships to pretty flowers and butterflies, you can find the perfect designs to match your baby’s personality.
Rumor has it that potty training is also easier with cloth diapers, but no promises there. Even so, the benefits of cloth diapers are endless.
To learn more about cloth diapers and to see how you can join the diaper revolution, visit DiaperJunction.com.
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