Cloth Diapering part one- Why?

*Warning* Like all my blog posts these are my personal opinions! This is not meant to judge/hurt/ or make you feel guilty for the choices you have made/ are making for your family. It is just the reasoning behind my choice to cloth diaper. If you disagree with anything I welcome your comments. (In a nice respectful manner of course!)

So lets talk cloth diapers, like other CDing moms, is has become a hobby or mine, maybe even a passion.

And why? I mean really all they do is catch poo…

I completely admit that I first wanted to CD because of the cute factor. They come in every color/pattern you can think of, what mom wouldn’t want that?

Aside from being so adorable CDng simply saves money. The average baby will use around $1500 (that is my math, which is probably wrong) worth of diapers. Now multiply that by every child you have. That is a whole lot of money that can be used for other things.

My cloth diaper stash cost around $300, my diapers are onesize so they will last through potty training. If we are blessed with more children then we will be able to use them again. In the end I will sell the diapers and be able to make some of our money back. Many stash’s may cost more than mine, others may cost less. All in all it sure is a lot cheaper than $1500!

If this doesn’t catch your attention think on this.

The *average* diaper package has lets say 30 diapers in it. Modestly that is 3900 in a landfill PER child( (once again, my math…) If you have two kids, that is 7800 diapers! It is estimated that it takes 250 to 500 YEARS for the diapers to decompose. If you believe that God created this earth like I do, that’s not really a good way to be taking care of it like we should be. (I could write a whole post on this alone, think on this God created the earth he then created man in his image. If we are supposed to be like him shouldn’t we take care of HIS creation?)

Dioxa WHAT?

Did you know that disposable diapers contain CHEMICALS? That is what you smell when you walk down the diaper isle.The real diaper association says this,

“Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S..1

Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) – a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.2

Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome by increasing absorbency and improving the environment for the growth of toxin-producing bacteria.3

In May 2000, the Archives of Disease in Childhood published research showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers, and that prolonged use of disposable diapers will blunt or completely abolish the physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for normal spermatogeneisis.”

Is this really something that you want your child wearing EVERY day for at least two years?

I’ll also add this Ballerina wore disposable diapers up until four months away from potty training(something I very much regret.) The kid had rashes ALL the time, I mean all the time. Lady Petunia wore sposies (a cute nick name) until her cord fell off, she was very red for much of that time. Since I put her full time in Cloth diapers (going on 17 months now) she has hardly ever had any rashes. (When she does we treat it with Shiny Heiny Bum Butter, that takes care of it right away.) That alone convinces me that I made the right choice.

In the end we chose to cloth diaper full time because it works for our family.

Why do you use cloth diapers? If you don’t why do you use sposies?

Back to my original statement, look how cute that fluffy butt is! This is a collection of Lady Petunia through out her 16 months of life. Some of our diapers are flips, econobums, bum genius, sunbabies, happy heinys, blue berry, and of course our fleece cover.

Check out Part 2 and Part 3 of this series.