Some people may need some convincing when it comes to cloth diapering, namely because of all the misconceptions that surround cloth diapers. There are a variety of reasons why someone may choose to cloth diaper, but the following are the main reasons why everyone should consider it:
- Better for your wallet - Cloth diapers will save you money! (Unless you become an addict like me and then that's a different story). Keep in mind that with each change of a disposable diaper you are throwing away money. On average, one disposable diaper will cost you about $0.25/diaper. Each baby needs about 6,000 diapers in the first two years of life which comes out to be about $1,500 total or about $63/month. The cost of cloth diapers vary considerably depending on what type you choose. A full stash of prefolds and covers, for example, could be about $200, while a stash of organic, all-in-ones may run you $1,000. Either way, it's a savings compared to disposables! Remember, cloth diapers can be used for multiple children, so the more kids you have in cloth, the more savings.
- Better for your baby’s health - Many disposable diapers contain some amount of synthetics and chemicals that have been linked to cancer or other long term health issues. By choosing cloth diapers, you are providing your child with a healthier start to life!
- Better for the environment - Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer product in landfills today and can take anywhere from 250-500 years to decompose. Every baby wearing disposable diapers can generate as much as one ton of landfill waste before the age of two! Some argue that cloth diapers aren't much more environmentally conscious because of the water consumed in all the washings, but the manufacture and use of disposables actually ends up consuming more water than cloth diapers.
- More convenient than ever - Cloth diapers have come a long way since the pins and rubber pants that our grandparents used to use. They are now offered in easier than ever snap or hook-and-loop (i.e. Velcro) closure that make them just as convenient as a disposable. Cloth diapers are also offered in a huge variety of colors and prints that will look so adorable on your little one's bum!
Statistical facts taken from Real Diaper Association and can be found at http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php.