Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cloth Diapers Can SAVE you Money! - By Priscilla Kidder

The soft economy and the trend toward greener living make this the ideal time to start using cloth diapers. Parents everywhere are more concerned than ever about exposing their children to environmental toxins. The informed parents are also concerned about overflowing landfills and chemical by-products used in disposable diapers.
It s been estimated that approximately five million tons of untreated waste and a total of 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills annually. The untreated waste placed in landfills by dirty disposable diapers is also a possible danger to contaminating ground water It takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers for American babies alone.

The health of a baby s skin is improved by the use of cloth diapers and the naturally anti-microbial properties of bamboo fabric make bamboo ideal for cloth diapers. Studies have shown that the incidence of diaper rash increased with the use of disposable diapers. Babies who wear cloth diapers are generally changed more often, and potty train sooner. This is because they are able to feel the wetness against their skin and learn to react to it appropriately. In disposable diapers, children are often left for hours unchanged with ever expanding chemical gels swelling up each time a child wets.
The economy is causing many parents to cut back on expenses where ever possible. One way to save up to $2,000 per child is to use cloth diapers. If you use cloth diapers for more than one child, the savings are even more significant. An easy and economical method of cloth diapering is to use pre folds and inexpensive nylon wrap or pull on covers. If you want ease of use, then pocket or “all in ones” may be the way to go.
I cloth diapered my five children, over a period of 20+ years. My first two were in diaper service quality prefolds and wrap style covers. I began making my own covers for them just to have a cute variety of prints. My last child is potty trained now, but he wore fitted cloth diapers and wool covers. The wool was new for me, and I started out making his covers out of old sweaters made of wool. When I launched Be-Bops in 2004, I began using wool interlock and and blends, and adding unique applique s to my wool wraps. When I think of how many disposable diapers I would have used for five children, it’s mind boggling. One of the greatest pleasures of using cloth on your baby is knowing that not only are you wrapping your precious child in comfortable natural fabrics, but that you aren’t adding to our already overflowing landfills. Isn’t it time to take a step back, and explore the use of cloth.
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