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Guest post by Melissa of Mother ease Cloth Diapers
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Cloth diapers? Isn’t that what my grandmother used? And I have to clean the poop out? ICK!
Yes, your grandmother most likely used cloth diapers, but they have come a LONG way since her diapering days!
Cloth diapers have been growing in popularity recently, but is in no way a new phenomenon. Chances are you don’t know anyone that uses cloth, or maybe you do but they don’t recommend them. I’m here to tell you that it is worth looking into. When you know what you’re doing, understand why cloth is beneficial, and have the right system, I know you’ll love it!
Gone are the days of folding and pinning cloth diapers, today they are modern garments, colorful and playful, a delight to use, with elastics at the waist and legs to prevent leakage. They come in one-size or sized – for a perfect fit, equipped with snaps or Velcro for simple diaper changes. The only part of cloth diapering that is somewhat unpleasant is the need to remove the poop from the diaper, and now there are flushable diaper liners and diaper sprayers to help you deal with that as well, eliminating any “ick” factor. Depending on which cloth diapering system you choose, they are just as convenient as disposables, or rather, even more so, since Mother ease cloth doesn’t leak!
The hardest part of diapering is cleaning up. When your baby has a “disposables blowout”, you’re not only cleaning up the baby, you’re also dealing with messy clothing and cleaning anything the baby was sitting or playing on! But with cloth diapers, you won’t see the same mess that you often do with disposables. When you choose a cloth diaper that fits your baby properly, the mess stays where it’s supposed to; inside the diaper! No leaks or blowouts to clean up makes cloth diapering worth it on its own.
Now that you can see that cloth diapering isn’t gross, or hard to do, let’s talk about the benefits of using cloth diapers over disposable diapers.
Your baby is going to spend ALL of their time in diapers, which makes it no less important than buying their crib, stroller or car seat. With that in mind, it makes sense to spend some time doing research and carefully consider your decision.
There are three main benefits to using cloth diapers: cost savings, health benefits, environmental impact.
Although the initial investment may seem high, your long-term savings are substantial. Disposable diapers seem to be constantly going up in price, only to be thrown away. These costs can reach upwards of $2,300 by the time your child is toilet trained. Cloth diapers come with a one-time up-front cost of $500 to $700 plus $500 in laundering costs for a total of $1,000 to $1,200.
Cloth diapers can last from birth to potty training and also be used for your second child if properly cared for. This eliminates the second start up cost and saves you even more! Cloth diapers come in a variety of different options, but no matter which style you choose, the cost of cloth diapers is significantly less than disposables.
Have you ever considered what disposable diapers are made of? How did they get to be so white? How do they manage to absorb so much?
Disposable diapers are full of chemicals. Here is an overview of the harmful toxins in disposable diapers that your baby is exposed to:
Toxic Off Gases – Lab tests done by Anderson Laboratories in West Hartford, Vermont found that off gases released by disposable diapers emit several chemicals that are toxic to the respiratory tract. The study states that disposable diapers should be considered as one of the factors that might cause or exacerbate asthmatic conditions.
Chlorine Gas and Chlorine Dioxide – Disposables are made mostly of soft, fluffy pulp which is produced by chemically treating wood fibers. The pulp undergoes a whitening and softening process when it is exposed to chlorine-based bleaching agents such as chlorine gas and chlorine dioxide.
Organochlorides – By-products produced and released into the environment during the manufacturing of disposable diapers. They are found in large quantities in waste water released into the environment, and they remain in minute quantities in the paper fluff itself.
Dioxin – An organochloride that has been called the most toxic substance ever produced and has been associated with birth defects, miscarriage, cancer and genetic damage. This chemical remains in the paper fluff in minute quantities and no one knows exactly how much exposure to dioxin is required for disease to develop, however it is toxic in very small amounts.
Sodium Polyacrylate – This substance is found in the fluff layer of the disposable diaper and turns your baby’s urine into gel. This chemical absorbs 100 times its weight in liquid and makes disposables very absorbent. This chemical has been linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome in tampon use and has been associated with severe diaper rash and bleeding perennial and scrotal tissue. This chemical pulls fluid so strongly it excoriates human tissue.
In contrast, a few dozen cloth diapers against your child’s delicate skin compared to 5,000 disposables during one child’s diapering years represent a safe and responsible alternative to your child’s health.
It goes without saying, but disposable diapers are bad for the environment. When you choose disposables, you are spending your money contributing to landfills. And while it may seem like the amount of water and electricity used to care for cloth is also bad for the environment, the impact is so minimal in comparison.
If you ask me, cloth diapering is a clear winner between reusable systems and disposables. Why not give cloth a try, and see the impact yourself! Not to mention, there’s nothing cuter than a little baby with a fluffy cloth bum!
If you’re an expecting mom, a new mom, or a mom considering switching to cloth diapers, Mother ease offers a Trial Package in each of our diapering systems at a discounted price! Try one or a couple different systems, and find out how easy cloth really is!
Let’s all work together to help our babies, our environment and our pocketbooks by growing the cloth diapering community! Help us #MakeClothMainstream
About Mother ease
Mother ease was founded by Erika Froese, a stay at home mom of five boys. Frustrated by the cloth diapers that were available, she set out to design her own line of convenient, leak-free cloth diapering systems in her basement in 1991.
Now, still a family owned, Canadian company – manufacturing all products in Ontario, Canada using 100% green energy – Mother ease is an established company that continues to be the forefront of innovative, quality, leak-free cloth diapering systems. Having cloth diapered five sons, and now 8 (and counting) grandchildren, Erika is never short of babies to test her new designs on extensively.
You can rest assured that Mother ease diapers are made with the best quality fabrics, snaps and elastics, ensuring that you have a diapering system that you can count on!
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