10 Reasons Why I Cloth Diaper

Cloth diapers are all the rage right now, some believe they are the greatest thing while some will look at you as if you had two heads for using cloth diapers.

Let make something clear now: this ain’t your grandmother’s cloth diapers! Gone are the days of safety pins, today’s diapers have come a long way. But despite the cute factors there are real reasons why I have been cloth diapering our son from day one.
This is why I do it:
  1. It’s cheaper. You can buy a whole CD system anywhere from $200 to $500 for the entire time a child is in diapers compared to about $1, 500 to $2,000+ the average family spends on disposables, according to Consumer Reports. Dirt cheap!!!
  2.  It’s gentler on Mother Earth. Reason number one for me when I started to look into it. I couldn’t stomach the thought of about 6500 disposables on average a child contributes to a landfill, and each diaper takes about 500 years to decompose!
  3. They hold their value. No, I’m not talking about cars here, but if you want to compare, CDs hold their value better than cars do! There’s a whole market out there for gently used CDs, so in fact it becomes even cheaper once you are done diapering you can resell them and get up to 75% back!
  4. They are cute. They come in lots of cute prints and yummy colors so they make my son’s tush look adorable!
  5. It’s healthier for my baby. Disposables are made out of plastics and really bad chemicals. There are studies that show that the chemicals used to manufacture disposables could cause male infertility and trigger asthma. Some could have traces of dioxin which can cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, and skin diseases. Did you know there is a chemical that was used, now banned, in feminine products that was linked to TSS or Toxic Shock Syndrome but it’s still used in making disposables? Eek!
  6. It’s cool. It’s a bonding experience with other CDing moms, it’s a whole culture; there are sites, message boards, books, youtube videos and entire stores dedicated to the CD industry.
  7. It’s easy. True, it requires more time and effort than disposables do but it is easier and less time consuming than I had anticipated.
  8. Easier potty training. Granted, I’m not there yet but from what I’ve read and been told by other moms the average of a CD baby potty trained is 18 to 24 months as opposed to 2 to 3 years old for babies in disposables. Don’t take my word for it on this one but it just appealed to me!
  9. I never run out of diapers!
  10. Did I mention they make my baby’s tush look adorable?
This was him at one week old. (Look how tiny he was!) He is wearing Bummies covers, you can find them here.
This is him now at 9 months. Notice how he is showing off part of CD stash!? I swear I didn’t make him pose this way, he did it himself! He is wearing Fuzzi Bunz, find them here.


   
About Stephanie

Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom to her curly-haired two year old son, a nursing student, dog lover, and yoga enthusiast. She loves to share her tips on making green and healthy living attainable to families getting
started in the wonderful world of eco-consciousness. She believes in
real food and living as natural as possible…and why not, leaving behind a
better planet for our children.

Comments

  1. Stephanie, I just switched to cloth diapering about 2 months ago (late bloomer, I know!), and believe it or not, I have a post in my drafts with almost the same subject! I’m writing it more for my friends and family who still just don’t “get it” and wanted a quick easy way to get the message across 😉 Since seeing this post, I’ve been motivated to hurry and get that piece published, and as a token, I’m going to link back to this post as my inspiration 🙂

    P.S. I think our boys are about the same age – mine was born in June 🙂

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for visiting my little blog, I follow yours regularly! Better late than never, right!? I wrote this post (and started this blog) because my friends and family don’t get it…yet! Can’t wait to read your post! Happy cloth diapering!

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