Why Cloth Diapers?
6 Reasons Cloth Diapers > Disposables
1. Healthy For Your Baby
Here are five quotes (article link included in header) to really drive in the importance of cloth diapers by giving you incite on your chemical-induced alternative.
“As sanitary pads and diapers are in direct contact with external genitalia for an extended period, there is a probability that a considerable amount of VOCs or phthalates could be absorbed into the reproductive system.”
- “In the 206-page Safety in Baby Nappies report, researchers said that some of the substances they found had been banned in the EU for more than 15 years, and others were usually found in cigarette smoke or diesel fumes.”
“Tests found levels above safety thresholds for substances potentially dangerous to human health, and lower levels of others including the controversial weedkiller glyphosate.
“ Under what [the study] called ‘realistic use’ conditions, it ‘detected a number of hazardous chemicals in disposable diapers that could migrate through urine, for example, and enter into prolonged contact with babies’ skin,’ the agency said.”
“Disposable diapers have been implicated by diapering proponents like leak proof polymers, super absorbent polymers and some scented chemicals which are the key factors for everything from chronic diaper rash, respiratory problems like asthma, male infertility even to testicular cancer.”
2. Healthy For The Planet
Disposable Diaper Design
Disposable diapers are designed with a plastic inner and outer layer for absorbency and water resistance, prohibiting full composition to occur until 500 years after production and use. We lose 200,000 trees each year to the manufacturing of these diapers (Baby Tooshy), and emit CFCs (causing ozone depletion) once in the landfills.
Cloth Diaper Material
While arguments still fill any Google search with the environmental impacts of cotton and its involvement with cloth diapers, many cloth diaper manufacturers are focusing more toward more sustainable outlets such as hemp and bamboo – two very sustainable fabric alternatives. It’s unlikely that you’ll find a quality cloth diaper brand avoid the benefits of hemp and bamboo, so if you’re concerned about cotton’s environmental influence – make sure to keep an eye out for the material used in your diapers.
Stanford Mag’s Review on Cloth vs. Disposables
Katie Cooke from Stanford Magazine gives the best, simplest, unbiased review seen so far. Yet, her article’s only main arguments for not using cloth diapers are these: detergent used, washer used, and drying method of cloth. If you are conscious about your detergent (both on your diapers and in your home – Seventh Generation, BabyGanics, and Vaska are three great choices), use a successful (but not over-the-top) wash cycle, and limit your drying time (air-drying is best), you have already cut down on your environmental impact. Resell them or use the on number two, you’ve done even better. Most diaper services (like Cheeky Things) also help cut these issues by utilizing the best equipment for your diapers for both sanitary and environmental purposes alike.
“as long as they are reused for as long as possible, washed in full loads at 60 degrees or lower and air dried rather than tumble dried,” says CBC, reusable nappies are the best nappies.
3. Fluffy Bum Appeal
Cloth diapers are basically just another form of clothing for your baby. You can match them with attire, stay up to date with new prints, or even use them in hot summer months as the bottom of any outfit. Manufactured in hundreds of colors and prints, you’ll be able to find a stash that you’re proud of – beyond the environmental, ecological, and healthful benefits.
4. Less Mess
A messy diaper bum is expected with a baby, but did you know that cloth diapers actually help prevent blow-outs? The elastic around the waist and legs seal everything in – especially those unwanted, colossal poops.
In addition to the blowouts, the mess stays in your dirty hamper – and gets washed regularly, rather than having to worry about poopy diapers stinking up every trash can in the house until dumped into the trash.
Convenience seems counterintuitive when initially thinking about cloth diapers. You certainly can’t just throw away a poopy diaper with cloth, so how exactly could it be more convenient? We understand your confusion.
There are three ways cloth diapers can actually be more convenient than their paper alternative.
- No trips to the grocery store because you’ve unexpectedly gone through your last pack of diapers. Whether you’re doing laundry yourself, or you’re utilizing a diaper service, the washable aspect of cloth diapers keeps you from running to the store in the middle of the night for back ups.
- A diaper service (like yours truly, Cheeky Things). Diaper services will not only keep you fully stocked with the essential amount of diapers, they go beyond that by allowing you to skip a trip to the store in your jammies because you just used your last diaper. Diaper services will actually pick up your dirty diapers, launder them, and drop off clean diapers – usually right to your door. If your lucky, you’ll have a service similar to Cheeky Things, which picks up and delivers twice a week – making the convenience even more… convenient. This means you’ll be using reusable diapers just as easily as paper diapers, but you’ll never have to leave your house to restock.
- Cost (bringing us to #6 on our list…)
Cheeky Things throws purchasing disposable diapers into the same category as purchasing toilet paper, paper towels, and even fuel for your car. Purchasing these three things is just like throwing money into the trash can – you use them once, and they’re gone forever. Cloth diapers, however, let you get the most out of your money; you spend your dollars on a diaper, and then you use that same diaper over and over again. You can even sell your diapers once your baby is finished using them, or reap the cost benefits even more by diapering your second child in your first child’s diapers.
“But what if I’m paying for a diaper service – isn’t that more expensive?” Possibly. But you’re also supporting a local business – a family – rather than some major corporate entity. You’re not just throwing your diapers away into the trash can. After you are finished with your diaper stash, another baby will use the same diapers that your baby used. Isn’t that amazing?
Don’t be a sucker for single-use items, essentially throwing your money away the second you use them – get the most out of your hard earned cash and buy the cute, reusable alternative.
Take a look-see on Thirsties’ Savings Calculator
to compare the difference between disposables and cloth!