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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Use cloth diapers.

During the first few years of life, most babies go through 6000-7000 diaper changes. That's a lot a diapers, particularly when they're going into landfills. Thankfully there's a better option: cloth diapers. Here are just a few reasons why:

* Cloth diapers are less expensive than disposables when you wash them yourself. And the laundry burden isn't that great: just two extra loads a week. Remember, if you have more than one child, your cost per change is even less since you can reuse the diapers.

* Cloth diapers make potty training easier since they don't mask the feel of wetness like disposables. Some studies show cloth diapered children potty train 6 months earlier than those wearing disposables.

* Cloth diapers are more 'breathable'. This may help prevent diaper rash, and the diapers keep your baby cooler in hot weather.

"But aren't cloth diapers too much trouble?"

Not anymore. Today's cloth diapers are MUCH BETTER than they used to be! They come in various styles, many of which are as easy to use as disposables. They're already folded, require no dunking in the toilet, or boiling; and forget about pins. Today's diapers have Velcro or multiple snaps enabling you to continue to use the diapers as your baby grows. If you hated those plastic pants from before, try today's diaper covers and all-in-one diapers. And the absorbent liners make cloth diapers perfect for nighttime.

So before you nix the idea of cloth diapers, do a little research and consider cloth diapers. They may well be the very best option for your baby, your wallet, and our earth.

"Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act. To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

7 comments:

Karama said...

If you are an expectant mother, you may also want to consider donating your baby's cord blood. It's free and poses no health risk to you or your child, and it just might save the life of some other mother's child.

funnyfakhri said...

I am a cloth diaper believer...my pediatrician recommended nappies for my daughter do to an allergy with the 'sposies'...i use the bummis diaper wraps and they are fantastic...there are some really good websites out there that do a great job explaining all the diaper lingo...

Karama said...

Thanks a lot for your testimonial, FF! I'm glad to know of others who've had success with cloth diapers.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to So what can I do. Please stop by again soon, and spread the word!

Jackie Lee said...

I am a cloth diapering fanatic! I started prefolds and covers and fuzzi bunz at night and we have never had a leak. There are so many different kinds to choose from that once you get a stash you can just have some fun experimenting. My new favorites are Bumkins. They are soooo easy and we have not had any leaks with them either.
I put together some resources while I was researching which ones to start with. www.squidoo.com/clothdiaperresource
Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Learn The Benefits Of Cloth Diapers

You will not find cloth diapers in just any store, they are not as popular as they were in the 1980s and early 1990s.Cloth diapers have a low damaging impact on your child's skin, because they lack of the chemicals present in disposable diapers. ...
Elby

Anonymous said...

Hey all,
Just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents on cloth diapering. We use THE POTTYPAIL to rinse our fuzzi bunz and other spendy wraps. It's a great tool for spraying off poo and pee so your dipes don't stink, so you don't have to swish poo in the toilet and cuts down on laundry. A bucket sits on your toilet and a spray hose attaches to you supply line - a great idea and so handy!
www.pottypail.com

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