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Why Cloth

Better for Your Baby

Nothing matches cotton's soft touch on sensitive skin or its breathability, which helps evaporate the potentially irritating ammonia that starts to form as soon as a baby wets. Babies who use cloth often have fewer diaper rashes.  Before the introduction of disposables, diaper rash afflicted less than 10% of children. Today, that number has increased to 77% in children wearing disposable, single-use diapers.

Our cloth diapers are made of 100% cotton, while disposables are made from heavily-treated pulp, plastics, glues, dyes and perfumes.

Disposables are also known to contain sodium polyacrylate, a superabsorbent chemical that forms the gel-like beads that can stick to baby’s skin.  Also present in trace amounts is dioxin, a byproduct of the paper bleaching process.  Dioxin is a known carcinogen that is now banned in most European countries.

A final perk for baby and you… children who use cloth diapers potty train six months to a year earlier than babies who wear disposables!

Better for your Planet

The Real Diaper Association reports that the U.S. uses an estimated 27.4 billion disposable diapers each year.  Of these, over 92% end up in a landfill.  Just ONE baby in disposable diapers will contribute 1 ton of waste.  Disposable diapers are the third largest source of solid waste in landfills, after newspapers and food and beverage containers.

Over 300lbs. of wood and 50lbs. of petroleum are used to produce disposable diapers for ONE baby for ONE year.  The majority of disposable diapers are not readily biodegradable, so it is estimated that they take 250-500 years to fully decompose, which means every single-use diaper ever used is still around.

Cloth diapers use 3.5 times less energy, 8 times less non-regenerable raw materials, and 90 times less renewable material as disposables.  Where a disposable can only be used once, cloth diapers are on average used 100 to 150 times just as a diaper, and then afterwards for burpcloths, rags and other uses, keeping them out of landfills.

Finally, what people may not know or often forget is that the human waste contained in disposable diapers can contaminate soil and groundwater, posing serious health risks in the community.

Better for your Budget

People often wonder if diaper services are really affordable, and the answer is yes!  The cost of cloth diapering is often less per diaper than top brand disposables.  In addition, babies in cloth diapers often potty train 6 months to a year earlier than those in disposables, saving you even more over time!

Below is a breakdown of diapering costs that compares diapering with disposables for 3 years vs. diapering with cloth for 2 ½ years, based on the national potty training averages.

(Please note: every baby is different and may potty train earlier or later than these averages)

Disposable

Length of Time In Size

Changes per Day

Diapers Used

Huggies Cost / Diaper

Huggies Total Cost

Seventh Generation Cost /Diaper

Seventh
Generation
Total Cost

New Born

4 Weeks

11

308

0.24

$73.92

0.39

$120.12

Size 1

8 Weeks

10

560

0.26

$145.60

0.31

$173.60

Size 2

12 Weeks

9

756

0.28

$211.68

0.34

$257.04

Size 3

12 Weeks

8

672

0.32

$215.04

0.39

$262.08

Size 4

12 Weeks

8

672

0.35

$235.20

0.46

$221.76

Size 5

24 Weeks

7

1176

0.39

$458.64

0.54

$635.04

Size 6

84 Weeks

6

3528

0.48

$1693.44

0.65

$2293.20

 

 

 

 

Total:

$3033

Total:

$3962

Prices for disposable diapers were reached by averaging the cost from two large discount stores in Bellingham (4/15/2011).

Red Wagon Diaper Service

 

Cloth Service Total Cost

  Diapers

  2.5 years of diaper service

$2340

  Covers (purchased)

  16 Bummis Super Snap covers @ 
  $10.95/cover

$175

                                                                                               Total:   

 

$2515

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