~Every contestant needs a platform. Mine is cloth diapering, something I feel strongly about. This is still a work in progress, feedback welcome~
Would you wear paper underpants?
Of course not!
So why do millions of women put them on their babies every day for 2 or three years?
Yes, disposables are convenient and readily available.
But there is an option.
Yes, I’m talking about cloth diapers!
Before you moan and groan, I have to tell you, these are not your grandmother’s cloth diapers. These are not even you’re mom’s cloth diapers. Today’s diapers are as easy to use as disposables and are much softer and cuter. They can range from very inexpensive Velcro covers and prefolds – which are much easier to use then your mom’s Birdseye flats and pins, though people do use those still, to all-in-ones – which are as simple to use as disposables, but come in cute prints, to daddy friendly pocket diapers – which you can customize for your baby’s absorbency needs, to luxurious silk fitted diapers and cashmere covers – yes, real cashmere, unlike the disposable diaper bend which advertises that its paper diapers are “cashmere like.” It can be as easy as you want it to be. Cloth diapers, like all baby products can be easy, cheap, cute, simple, complicated, fancy, or expensive – it’s your choice.
Unlike disposable diapers, they can be reused for other children, or even resold.
It can also be fun! Really! You know how fun it is to shop for your baby? Imagine also getting to buy lots of cute diapers as well. There are many stylish options available, many made by moms, who have started their own businesses so they can stay at home with their families. Want a Harry Potter diaper? Is your hubby a Yankees fan? Odds are you can find a diaper in any print, color, or pattern you want.
Cloth diapers, affectionately called “fluff” can be habit forming.
There is also something about seeing a cute cloth diapered bum that makes you feel good about being a mom and giving your baby the best.
Many people cringe about the laundry, but you should already be used to dumping the poo in the toilet, right? Since the law does require that all solids from disposable diapers be dumped in the toilet (and the package states this as well). There are so many different options available from using a service, to a little sprayer that hooks onto your toilet, that the swish and dunk of our moms is only an option if you want it to be, as is the soaking and sloppy wet pails. It truly can be as simple as using disposables, and you never have to run to the store at 3 am because you ran out.
Aside from being much easier to use, cuter, and more fun, there are a variety of other reasons why cloth diapering is a viable alternative.
Not only will the average baby cost $1,600 to diaper for two years but there is an enormous environmental impact. 92% of disposable diapers end up in a landfill -- 92%! Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste. It takes over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine to produce a years worth of disposable diapers for a SINGLE baby! That’s a lot of materials! They also take 250-500 years to decompose, so they’ll be around far, far longer then your children. Cloth on the other hand can be reused for other kids or recycled as cleaning rags.
Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes that icky gel like granule stuff that sticks to your baby when the diapers get soaked. SAP was banned from tampons in 1985 due to links to toxic shock syndrome. They also contain traces of Dioxin, a known carcinogen, and Tributyl-tin, a toxic pollutant.
Cloth diapered babies are also less prone to diaper rash and potty train faster.
There are many, many reasons to cloth diaper, but the biggest reason is that little bundle of love. You promised to give your child the best, so do what’s best, not just for your baby’s health, but for the health of the world they’ll inherit. It’s not nearly as difficult as you think.
Facts graciously provided by the Real Diaper Association and can be found on their facts page.
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