Benefits of Cloth Diapering Include Health!
Cloth diapering used to be a thing of the past after the invention of disposable diapers. But did you know that it is regaining popularity? There are several reasons to cloth diaper, and people are realizing that. More and more moms are following this trend, so listen up or you will fall behind!
The number one reason that people are switching to cloth diapers is the cost. Disposable diaper prices are outrageously high. With an average disposable costing $0.25 or so, and with an average baby going through 8-12 diapers per day, you are looking at $2-$3 every single day until your child is potty trained. That cost adds up very quickly. You can expect to spend between $2,000-$3,000 on disposable diapers per child. You could get a brand new treadmill, or a really nice laptop for that much money!
On the other hand, cloth diapers are much cheaper. Because they are reusable, you will pay more up front to obtain your “stash” but after your initial purchase, you will only have the added cost of laundry soap and running your washer more often. A collection of cloth diapers can cost anywhere from $100 up to $600, depending on which type and brand of cloth diaper you choose to use. Some moms choose to lower their initial costs by making their own diapers from a pattern, and some even opt for buying used cloth diapers from someone getting rid of theirs. Any way you look at it, the maximum cost for cloth diapering will be under $1,000. And that’s including all of the laundry soap! If you decide to cloth diaper and then have more kids later on, you can re-use your stash of cloth diapers and you will pay next to nothing for each additional kid until they are potty trained.
Another huge reason that people are opting for cloth diapers is the effect that disposable diapers are having on the environment. Did you know that disposable diapers with poop in them should be emptied into the toilet before being thrown away? Not many people follow this rule, but by throwing away soiled disposable diapers, you are helping to contribute to the many tons of hazardous waste that ends up in landfills every year.
Last but not least, cloth diapering is healthier for your baby! Disposable diapers have chemicals and unnatural substances that are in contact with your baby’s bottom at all times. Diapers have been shown to raise scrotal temperatures in young boys, which may pose fertility issues later in life. In an experiment involving lab mice exposed to disposable diapers, the rodents experienced asthma type symptoms, including eye, nose and throat irritation. (Source here)
Parenting is hard work, but it is so rewarding. Everyone who has children wants the best for them. So if you are considering cloth diapering, look at the benefits which include tremendous money savings, environmental improvement, and your baby’s health. It is a big commitment, but one that most parents don’t ever regret!
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Emma Green is a resident of Southern Utah. She is passionate about dogs and health. You can visit Emma on her blog at treadmillreview.com, or on Google+. Feel free to contact her with any questions at email@example.com