Moms don’t agree on everything and diapering is no exception to that rule. Some can’t imagine life without their disposables, while others are firmly in the cloth diaper camp. But some other parents are intrigued by the idea of using cloth diapers, but they aren’t quite convinced to take the plunge yet.
As responsible parents, we have to do our homework and consider all sides of an issue before making a judgment call.
Whether you’re worried about finances, the environment or keeping that awful diaper rash at bay, we’ve got you covered.
Here are a few of the most compelling reasons to make the switch to cloth diapers.
If you’re watching your money and calculating how much you’re throwing in the landfills every time you toss away a diaper, cloth diapers may be the answer. They save money for you -- up to $150 in the first year.
Cloth diapers do require a larger upfront investment but after that, the savings snowball. By the time your first child is out of diapers, you’ll have saved up to $660. That’s more than enough to take a weekend getaway with your family -- instead of wasting money on disposable diapers, you could be making memories.
Those savings become even bigger with every child you have. For example, if you have a second child, you can save up to $1,300 on diapering costs alone. That's a pretty significant win in my opinion.
Worried about what kind of world your children and their children will inherit?
Disposable diapers are a major drain on our resources. The industry is responsible for 200,000 trees a year being cut down just in the United States alone. On top of that, 3.4 billion gallons of fuel oil are used every year for the production of disposables.
Cloth diapers may not hold as much liquid as chemical-laden disposables do, but they are changed more frequently to avoid any accidental leakages. Those extra diaper changes make your baby more comfortable. After all, who wants to sit around in a wet diaper for hours?
Because of the more frequent diaper changes and because they won’t cause chemicals to be pressed up against the skin like disposables do, babies who wear cloth diapers tend to have fewer rashes. As a parent, that should be something that pleases you. No one wants to see an angry-looking rash on their sweet baby’s skin.
There’s a reason that cloth diapers are growing in popularity -- they rock. Because they are gaining traction, cloth diapers have become increasingly easy to find. You need to look no further than the gorgeous collection right here on Smartipants.
If you’re not a fan of disposables or simply think there could be a better way, make sure you check out cloth diapers. Once you join the ranks of cloth diaper fans, you probably won’t want to ever use disposables again.
Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, the blogger behind Mom Loves Best, and a crunchy mama. She enjoys writing about eco-friendly parenting advice on her blog such as breastfeeding, babywearing, and of course, cloth diapering.
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