Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Why Choose Cloth

Health.

No one really knows what effect the chemicals used in disposable diapers have for the long term health of your baby, and no one is going to post an attention grabbing sign like this one on a package of diapers.  Yet disposable diapers are filled with toxins and chemicals.  Trace amounts of the chemical Dioxin is present in disposables. Dioxin is listed by the EPA as the most toxic of cancer related chemicals and has been banned in most countries except in the US. Dioxin is an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the tissues and cause them to mutate into cancer cells.

Remember Toxic Shock Syndrome? Disposable diapers contain  Sodium Polycarbonate which is a super absorbent chemical compound that is used for maximum absorption in disposable diapers. (Think of the small gel-like crystals inside the diaper that sometimes end up on baby's skin) SAP as it is called is composed of cellulose processed from trees that is mixed with crystals of polyacrylage. This chemical abosrbs fluids while creating surface tension in the lining of the diaper thus binding the fluids and preventing leaking. This chemical was removed from tampons in the 1980's due to toxic shock syndrome and because it is considered a breeding ground for bacteria. Since it has only been used in diapers for the last 20 years, no one knows the long term effects this chemical may have on babies.

Disposables also contain Tributyl-tin (TBT), which is a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Disposable diapers frequently contain chemicals referred to as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. The chemicals include toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene, dipentene. According to the EPA, VOCs can cause nose, eye, and throat irritation, headaches, damage to the kidney, liver and central nervous systems, as well as cancers.

Temperature:  Also, disposable diapers do not "breath" like cloth. This causes a child's scrotum to be up to 2 degrees higher than the rest of his body temperature and many professionals believe this can be linked to infertility problems later in life.

Significant Cost Savings

The average child with go through 6 to 7 thousand diapers from birth to age three. Based on the cost for disposable diapers, that's $2,500 to $3,000 per child! In comparison, you can cloth diaper a child from birth to potty-training anywhere from $400-$800 (depending on the type of diapers you choose).  That savings doubles and triples as you have more children because you can use the same cloth diapers on them. Even if you use a cloth diaper cleaning service, your cost savings are still impressive!  No more running to the store every week for more diapers! Invest one time and your cloth diapers can carry you from birth to potty training!  Even better, cloth diapers and accessories have a resale value even after you're done with them! Also surprising, babies in cloth are changed more regularly than in disposable diapers resulting in very few diaper rashes. (My twins have not had a rash yet!) This saves you from having to purchase expensive rash creams and treatments.

Environment

We were absolutely shocked when we learned just how bad disposable diapers are for our planet.  Did you know it takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers for American babies alone? The Real Diaper Association estimates that 27.4 Billion disposables are used each year in the US alone. That is millions of tons of human waste sitting in our landfills potentially leeching into our ground water.  Disposable diapers take hundreds of years to decompose, so that diaper you threw away will still be around for generations! The Real Diaper Association also states "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." Another shock, manufacturers of disposable diapers use 2.3 times more water than the manufacture and maintenance of cloth diapers.
Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills and represent 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste!

Convenience

Do you imagine the clean-up involved with using cloth diapers will be tedious and messy involving dunking and swishing? NOT ANYMORE! Today's cloth diapers are just as easy to use as disposables.  Most fasten with snaps or a hook and loop tape similar to Velcro. The inside of the diaper is made with a soft wicking fabric so the moisture goes through to the insert and baby feels dry longer. Clean up is easy depending on the type of diaper you choose.  If you want to have the diapers laundered you simply pull the diaper off baby and toss it into the diaper pail.  Each week, a service will come by and pick up your soiled diapers and exchange them for a new batch of freshly cleaned soft cotton  diapers. Modern hybrids contain an inner liner that can simply be removed and flushed or thrown away, allowing you to re-use the shell!  There are also bio-degradable liners that can be used with all cloth diapers and act as a barrier by catching the baby's solids so all you have to do is throw it away prior to washing.

Style

Are you thinking of flat diapers that need to be folded and fastened with diaper pins, and then covered with plastic pull on covers?  Not so!  Cloth diapers today come in tons of different colors, styles, and patterns. From sports themes to custom embroidery, solids, prints and tie-dye, plain white diapers are a thing of the past. They are so cute, you won't want to cover them up!

Other Advantages of Cloth

Think you have to wait to age 3 to potty-train? Not with cloth!  Babies in cloth diapers potty train sooner than babies in disposables!  Many believe this is because babies can feel the wetness much easier in cloth than in modern pull-ups and training pants.  This is a clear advantage in potty training.

Want to win a Free pocket diaper from Cutie Poops and Bottoms? Enter to win! You will get one entry for each of the following you do. Winner will receive a free one-size pocket diaper of our choice:

  1. Post a comment below: (only one comment counts)
  2. Become a follower of this blog
  3. Be a fan of Cutie Poops and Bottoms on Facebook
  4. Place my button on your blog and post a comment below saying you are using it and where 
  5. Post a link to this blog somewhere and comment below telling us where you posted it: one entry for each location you post our link
Winner will be posted on Cloth Diaper Divas Blog and on our Facebook page on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 and winner will have 48 hours to contact us or a new name will be drawn. 

40 comments:

  1. We are so excited to try cloth diapering with our second baby! We just found out it's a girl so now I get to look for cute girl fluff :)
    myricksl6 at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am now a GFC blog follower- Sara M
    myricksl6 at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am a fan of Cutie Poops and Bottoms on Facebook- Sara Myrick
    myricksl6 at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is EXACTLY why we switched! Thanks to CP&B for helping get us started!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am now a follower of your blog. And I posted a link to this article on mt facebook page!

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1046462686

    ReplyDelete
  7. This sums up all the benefits! Think my family and friends will read this if i send them the link to this?? :)

    nicole hunt

    ReplyDelete
  8. We do it mainly for health reasons, but I LOVE the styles and the convenience on never having to run out to the store or wait for a delivery.

    I'm a fan of CP&B On fb (and real life ;) )

    I've shared this blog on my fb wall.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Cloth diapers have been the best decision I have made for my boys. I love how cheap, easy and healthy they are! This post has a lot of great info to share.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm a Facebook fan! Caroline Marin

    ReplyDelete
  11. We love our CDs & wish more ppl would turn to them. I'm going to share this on my FB page so my family will understand more.

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is wonderful information. CD'ing our daughter has been one of the best decisions we have made so far! I am so happy that I stumbled upon your store :) I follow your blog and am a fan on facebook! I also posted this blog on my facebook page and tweeted it :)
    Vikki
    crazyaboutcloth11@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. I just shared the article on BabyCenter b/c there was a momma that who was getting comments that she was crazy for CD'g...hopefully this helps.

    http://community.babycenter.com/post/a29690959/rant...mentioning_cding_on_facebook_sigh.?cpg=-1#c2360845806

    ReplyDelete
  14. Already a fan on facebook, and trying to become a follower if my computer will let me!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Posted link on Babycenter!

    http://community.babycenter.com/post/a29698829/why_choose_cloth

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm a FB fan! I kick myself for waiting 17 months to be convinced enough to make the switch. But SO happy we did. Both my husband and I agree that it is wayyyyyy more convenient that we thought it would be and now he goes to work and talks it up to his co-workers that are having kids.

    ReplyDelete
  17. We used a mix of cloth & disposables but switched to cloth only when my 2nd was having horrible rashes in his sposies that cleared after wearing cloth for a while. We're going ALL cloth with baby #3.

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  18. publicly following your blog via GFC (Rachel)
    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  19. publicly following your blog via GFC (Rachel)
    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'm a Cutie Poops and Bottoms FB fan (Rachel P)
    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  21. tweeted with a link to your blog here:
    http://twitter.com/#!/rachelhooey/status/121651018953011200
    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  22. So excited to learn so much! I just entered the cd world 3 weeks ago! I'll have 3 in diapers starting this winter! Ack! I'd love to win!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/redmestic/status/121669537321058304

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love this post... perfect to show anyone who is a naysayer of cloth!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I follow GFC - Julie G
    schramm.j at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  26. I am a FB Fan - Julie Ghrist
    schramm.j at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  27. I tweeted your link
    http://twitter.com/#!/JRGhrist/status/121689313216970753
    schramm.j at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  28. Great post! Our biggest reasons were the environmental impact and the cost. The rest are bonus!
    olivia.lasting at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  29. Following via GFC as Olivia L
    olivia.lasting at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  30. I liked Cutie Poops and Bottoms on FB as Olivia Lambert Lasting
    olivia.lasting at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  31. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/OliviaLasting/status/122097188376551424
    olivia.lasting at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  32. I never win anything, but I love reading all the information you post here & on your Facebook page. We learn so much from you guys! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  33. we would love a new diaper!! and we love your store!
    coleycoupons at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  34. i follow via gfc
    coleycoupons at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  35. i like you on fb- coley r
    coleycoupons at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  36. Liked you on Facebook and followed your blog.
    LOVE that they give my son a butt to keep his pants up! LOL

    ReplyDelete

Search This Blog

Sponsors: