The thought of using cloth diapers makes me want to cringe, keel over and run far far away from any DIRTY diaper. I happen to know that my mother used disposables on me and she won’t even think about using a cloth diaper on her newborn granddaughter. Those of you that are new parents, might also be an agreement…cloth diapers seem messy, not appealing (of course, disposables aren’t that much great either…who likes to change diapers anyways?).
You may know where I’m going with this…yep, I did some research and found that they are not as messy after all. Cloth diapers are now offered with liners to be placed inside the diaper. When your precious little one fills his or her diapers with ‘you know what’, you can easily remove the liner from the cloth diaper and throw it in the toilet. That simple! The liners are biodegradable, so much better than using disposable diapers that will just sit in landfill for hundreds of years. Also, you don’t stand around and figure out how you are going to remove the ‘dark stuff’ without rinsing it in your sink. This way, you can be a little less afraid about washing the diaper cloths in your washer and dryer.
If you didn’t know, babies wear diapers for the first 2-3 years of their life and go through 8,000-10,000 diapers during that time. Accounting for the costs involved for buying disposable vs cloth, you could save upwards of $50 per month by switching to cloth. That money could go straight to their college funds!
It is estimated that it takes 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to make disposable diapers for American babies alone. Some disposables are biodegradable, but can only do so if exposed to oxygen and sun. In a landfill, the chances of that are unlikely and therefore drastically slows decomposing.