I’m super amped about my switch from ‘sposies’ to cloth diapers. I’ve been blabbering like an idiot every chance I get to anyone who will listen about how exciting it is and how cute Delilah looks in her fluffy butt diapers.
But, why is it so important to me??
I have a few different reasons and angles.
I have the vanity angle.
Which is the least logical of all of them. Basically, cloth diapers are a million times cuter then disposable. They come in all different colors, styles and patterns. And the little, tiny, baby butts, become big, huge, puffy butts. Which, the disproportion of it all is too cute for my cuteness receptors to handle.
I have the environmentally friendly angle.
Which is, obviously, much more logical then the vanity angle.
A baby will use about 6,000 diapers in the first 2 years of life. Most babies now a days are in diapers til 3 or 4.
And where do those diapers go? Into landfills.
It is estimated that over 92% of disposables end up there. Its also estimated that it takes 250-500 years for them to decompose (1). So, by time the 6,000+ diapers you used on your baby are out of landfills you, your children, your grandchildren, your great grandchildren, your great great grandchildren and your great great great grandchildren will be dead. And there diapers will be the one clogging the landfills.
Every year approximately 20 BILLION disposable diapers are dumped into landfills, which equals to 3.5 MILLION pounds of waste (2).
Cloth diapers can be used hundreds of times each. And once they aren’t good enough to use for diapers, they can be recycled into rags/burp cloths etc. And even if you do throw them out, they decompose in 1 year. My diapers are organic, so they help out even more by not adding to the chemicals already out there for growing the cotton.
So by cloth diapering I am keeping a bare minimum of 8,000 diapers per child out of landfills.
I have the health angle.
Whats in a disposable diaper?
Chlorine (eye, skin, airway irritation, very dangerous at higher volumes/prolonged exposure), dyes- yellow 3, orange 3, blue 124 and 106 (cause rashes and repeated exposure can cause allergies), low levels of dioxins (carcinogen and affects reproductive and immune systems). (3)
That’s only 3 of a diapers many, many ingredients and chemicals. And it varies diaper brand to diaper brand.
So you have an unimaginable concoction of different chemicals and toxins smashed up against the most sensitive area of your baby’s body 24/7.
I felt horrible every time I bought a pack of disposable diapers. I do so much to give her a chemical free, healthy lifestyle, yet I was still buying those diapers. They are so bad for anyone’s body, especially such a tiny, susceptible body.
I have the money angle.
Last, but not least, money. Money affects everything we do. From eating, to having a roof over our heads, to driving.
I did the math to figure out how much disposables cost us and how much cloth would cost us.
We spent $26.99 for 180 diapers. 180 diapers is how many we used monthly. So $26.99 a month, $323.88 a year, $1295.52 per child until they are potty trained.
$143.00 for start up costs. $7.00 per year in laundry soap. Up to $16.00 a month on washer/dryer costs. If I use the washing machine and dryer at my apartment building, which I don’t always have too.
Which means we will save $129.00 per year (excluding start-up costs) per child. Which ends up being over $2,000 once we factor in all our children.
In conclusion, I am choosing to cloth diaper because its cheaper, better for the environment, healthier for the baby, and adorable!!
Now ya know why I switched!
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~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent