Why It’s Better To Use Cloth Diapers
Long before disposable diapers became the norm, cloth diapers were our mothers’ and grandmothers’ choice. As with all our parenting choices, the right one is what is healthiest for you and your child. The major benefit of cloth diapers is that you diminish your baby’s exposure to chemicals, both harsh and benign. Disposable diapers are made from plastic and contain chlorine, polyacrylate, and other chemicals that haven’t been proven safe for use directly on the adult human bodies, let alone our baby’s. Some babies can have an allergic reaction to these types of diapers, so here’s why using cloth diapers is so much healthier and economical and environmentally friendly:
Cloth diapers are a money saver saves you a lot of money. Because cloth diapers are a one-time purchase, you’ll save hundreds of dollars over disposable diapers. Disposables may range between $1,500 and $2,000 or more in the few years your child needs to use them, and it’s even higher for so-called “eco-friendly” brands.
Natural cloth is healthier for your baby. You may find that some of your child's diaper rash may actually stem from the exposure to the disposable diaper’s plastic. Even if they are not allergic to the primary synthetic materials, diapers contain toxic chemicals including Dioxin, which js a carcinogen and can cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, skin diseases, and genetic disorders. If you’re worried about the dyes and gels used in disposables, then using a cloth baby diaper is the more natural way.
Unlike disposable diapers which form a seal around the skin and lock in bacteria, moisture and germs.Natural cloth diapers allow clean and fresh air to flow around the sensitive areas of the body,greatly reducing the chances of diapers and infection from occurring.
Diapering with cloth is better for the environment. Disposables account for 3.4 million tons of landfill waste per year and will not decompose due to the lack of oxygen and sunlight, very little decomposition occurs in a landfill, regardless of whether or not it’s the biodegradable type.
Lastly, cloth-diapered children often potty train earlier in cloth diapers because they are more aware of the wetness and can connect and recognize the sensation faster. This means less time spent potty training and more time spent on the important things.
Choosing the right diaper to use is a personal decision. It’s important to consider the benefits and drawbacks of each to better suit your needs and lifestyle and decide what will ultimately work best for you and your little one.