- Cloth Diapers are better for babies!
- Cloth Diapers are good for the environment.
- Cloth diapers are economically sound!
How could disposable diapers be bad for my baby?
1.Disposable diapers release volatile organic compounds. They have toxic health effects on the baby, such as cancer or brain damage in some cases. There is even a possible link between diaper emissions and asthma.
2.The main absorbent filler in disposable diapers is sodium polyacrylate. This chemical can cause respiratory problems as well as skin problems.
3.Almost all disposable diapers are bleached white with chlorine. They also have trace amounts of a highly carcinogen byproduct of chlorine bleaching called dioxin.
4.Disposable diapers also have quaternary ammonium biocides and ole-amide and we still do not know the effects it has on humans!
You can find more of the health concerns at the Real Diaper Association.
Disposable Diapers have a pretty big affect on our environment!
Did you know that in the first year of life those cute little babies of ours would use about 2800 disposable diapers! That is a lot of diapers! Did I mention that they don't decompose and they say "if" they do it can take about 300 years?
One baby will produce 1 ton of trash over 1 year when using disposable diapers and most are in them for at least 2 years!
If you have ever read the fine print on the boxes or bags of diapers it will tell you that you are to discard any feces before disposing. Have you ever seen someone do this? I sure haven't! So we have billions of diapers with feces filling up our landfills. How sanitary!
"Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR." - Real Diaper Association
The EPA says that each year there is a total of 3.4 million tons of disposable diapers going into our landfills.
Having a hard time in this economy?
Think about how much you could save with cloth!! In one year you could spend an average of $700! You can ask any mama out there who uses cloth and they will tell you about the savings! Knowing that you don't have to buy diapers every paycheck is a great feeling!
There are so many reasons why using cloth diapers is important, not only for your baby but your wallet and the environment!
Why is using cloth diapering in hospitals important to you?
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