O.k. so I wanted to do a post to let everyone with kids (or about to have kids) know just how EASY, CHEAP, and BENEFICIAL cloth diapering is. Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about this.
Disposable diapers contain many chemicals, including Dioxin (which the EPA has confirmed is one of the most toxic of all cancer linked chemicals. It also causes severe reproductive and developmental problems, as well as damage to the immune and hormonal systems) Dioxin is BANNED is most other countries. They also can contain sodium polyacrylate (the stuff that turns to a gel when wet) This is the same substance associated with toxic shock syndrome from ultra-absorbent tampons.
More than 21 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills every year in the US alone. Disposable diapers are estimated to take 200-500 years to decompose.
Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.
Babies who have used cloth diapers tend to potty train sooner than disposable diaper babies. Because disposable diapers keep babies from feeling wet it also keeps them from understanding the cause and effect of elimination, which can create confusion when trying to potty train.
If a family needs roughly 60 disposable diapers per week, at an average of 25.5 cents each that is $1,600 in disposable diapers alone for just 2 years. (overall cost would be more since most kids are not completely potty trained by age two)
For a family that uses cloth diapers they would average about 6 dozen diapers. Pre-fold diapers, covers and all the accessories can be purchased for around $300 (which can be used for multiple children) The difference in cost is amazing.
This is the part I was most worried about. I thought it would be messy and difficult to use cloth diapers. In reality it is SO easy. We are using the pre-fold diapers with separate covers. The fact that these two things are separate is about the only difference between the ease of cloth and disposable. You simply have to lay the cloth inside the cover before securing the cover. Covers are basically the same design as disposable diapers, with velcro that attaches the side to the front of the diaper.
The cloth is softer on the girls skin, and not as bulky as one might expect. We have chosen to only buy 36 diapers in the size they are in now, and so with both girls sharing them I wash them every day and a half. This is even very simple as there is no separating or folding. You simply dump them in the machine and start it. If we had more diapers (or less babies) I wouldn’t need to wash as often.
Here are some pictures of our setup, and Kylie modeling the diaper. I want to say that I do feel like this is an easy process and I have no problem finding the time with twins, so it shouldn’t be much work for a parent of a single baby. But, I DO NOT judge anyone who does not feel the same way I do. I simply wanted to put this information out there, as I believe there is a lot of misunderstanding and lack of information about cloth diapers out there. Please feel free to ask me any questions!
Here is the website we have used to buy all of our materials from, they also have lots of information about washing and care on their website. Click here to check it out.