Why Cloth?

  1. You'll save money.
When you buy disposable diapers, you are throwing away money with each diaper change. Exactly how much you'll save will vary depending on what brand of disposable diapers you (don't) purchase and what brand of cloth diapers you choose. On average, a family choosing a mid-range brand of disposable diapers will save about $1000 if they cloth diaper.​
  1. You'll prevent waste.
Every baby wearing disposable diapers may generate as much as one ton of landfill waste before age two. Disposable diapers are a significant percentage of consumer waste and, according to reports from the EPA, represent the third most common consumer item in landfills.​
  1. It's more convenient.
Today's cloth diapers reflect designs created primarily by parents solving problems. In the cloth diaper industry, parents are usually frustrated with their current diapering solution before they start creating new products. Often, their final product is significantly better than the product they were currently using. This is entirely true when comparing cloth diaper functionality to disposable diaper use. Cloth diapers are more convenient simply because they work SO much better than the alternative.
  • Tired of blowouts? Disposable diapers are known for "up the back" and "down the leg" blowouts. These blowouts often ruin outfits for mom and baby. Worse, they also create a very challenging to clean mess in carseats, on blankets, and in bedding. Who wants to deal with that mess? Not all messes are avoidable, but, thankfully, most cloth diapers are designed specifically to prevent major blowouts.
  • Out of diapers again? When you buy cloth diapers, your diapers are always available. Just wash and go.
​4. Family disaster planning is the responsible thing to do.
Even for families who primarily use disposable diapers, it is wise to have cloth diapers on hand in case of an emergency. The average store is estimated to have three days worth of supplies on their shelves. Given a disaster affecting the supply chain in the United States, it could quickly become difficult to access a fresh supply of disposable diapers. Keep a pile of one-size cloth diapers on your storage shelf to ensure that your family is ready - no matter what happens.

​5. They are safer for your little one.

A baby can be sensitive to the ingredients used in diapers. From Kimberly Clark's 2005 Annual Reoprt: "Super absorbent materials are important components in disposable diapers, training and youth pants and incontinence care products. Polypropylene and other synthetics and chemicals are the primary raw materials for manufacturing non-woven fabrics, which are used in disposable diapers, training and youth pants, wet wipes, feminine pads, incontinence and health care products, and away-from-home wipers. "If needed, an information sheet about the specific ingredients in disposable diapers can be obtained from the diaper manufacturer at the request of your pediatrician. Using your pediatrician's advice, you should be able to choose the right diapering system. If you aren't sure about a particular product, call the product's manufacturer to resolve any questions before making a purchase.  Another issue frequently brought up in cloth diapering circles is dioxin exposure. According to a Mothering Magazine article, entitled "The Joy of Cloth Diapers" "Dioxin, which in various forms has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, and skin diseases, is a by-product of the paper-bleaching process used in manufacturing disposable diapers, and trace quantities may exist in the diapers themselves." 

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