Have you ever thought why anyone would use cloth diapers when there are so many disposable diapers on the market to choose from? Have you ever gone to the websites of the companies that make and sell the disposable diapers to see exactly what is in them, because they don’t really tell the whole story. After some research we found that just one of the chemicals used in disposable diapers is dioxins, mainly to bleach the diapers white. But, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dioxins are among the most toxic chemicals known to science and are listed by the EPA as highly carcinogenic chemical. This alone can cause skin reactions and altered liver function, as well as impairments to the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system and reproductive functions. This is the same chemical removed from tampons because they were linked to toxic shock syndrome in women.
Because cloth diapers are all natural, they contain no chemicals and no chemicals equals no diaper rash. Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate or AGM, which allows for babies to stay in the diapers for long periods of time. AGM is linked to toxic shock syndrome, as well as allergic reactions, and is linked to an increase in childhood asthma. Dioxin, the chemical used to bleach disposables is proven in studies to lead to nerve damages, birth defects, cancer, liver damages, skin diseases and changes in the immune system.
Keeping these chemicals off your baby’s bottom is the key to combating diaper rash. This alone should convince you! But wait there’s more.
About Cloth DiapersToday's cloth diapers are not like they were twenty years ago. There are so many to choose from and are not only easy to use but a cost effective way to diaper your baby. Did you know that by using cloth diapers you can save $2,000 - $2,500 from birth to potty training age? The initial expense is going to be more, but it’s a great thing to add to your baby registry! And just think, when the next baby comes around you can reuse them on your new little one!
A set of cloth diapers along with the other necessity, such as wet bags and wipes, will cost a fraction of that at around $450, factor in the cost of laundry and you are still way ahead. If you really want to break down cost consider, multiply children in disposables verse multiply children re-using cloth diapers, your savings in now exponential.
Why Cloth Diapers?In one year, 3.4 million tons of disposable diapers make their way to the landfills and are 30% of non-biodegradable waste. Disposable diapers are the third most common item in landfills. Studies estimate that it could take up to 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose not to mention the urine and feces can contain harmful bacteria which can work their way into the environment and even our water supply. You are also saving the environment one ton of garbage at a time, that’s right, one baby equals one ton of diaper waste alone, so never underestimate the impact you and your family can make.
Cloth Diapers for Your BabyOne major plus to cloth diapers is earlier potty users. Potty training babies in cloth diapers is easier since children in cloth can recognize they are wet sooner than children in disposables. You can expect cloth diaper children to be potty trained a whole six months earlier.
Author: Unique Ultrasound