Monday, April 18, 2011

Cloth Diapering

over the weekend we went to a cloth diapering class at sprout soup.  the class was pretty informative but i'd done my research already so there wasnt much new info for us.  it was still nice to see and feel all the different brands they carry.

i forget when but sometime in college i came upon the disturbing information that in america alone we use enough disposable diapers to lay end to end from here to the moon and back 7 times!!!  that information alone has made me believe that someday when i had kids i was going to use cloth diapers!  heck i was raised on cloth diapers so why couldn't my kids.  not only are cloth diapers environmentally friendly they are also cost effective and can be a healthier more organic product for your baby.  i've also heard of research saying that children who are cloth diapered potty train earlier then ones who arent.
here are some facts:
-disposable diapers sit in our landfills for 500 years!  that means since diapers have only been invented 40 years ago, our dirty diapers we used as children are still sitting in some landfill trying to rot away!
-average cost of diapers for 1 child from birth to potty trained:  cloth $1440 vs disposable $2700
-disposable diapers contain traces of dioxin an extremely toxic by-product of the paper bleaching process. it is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. it is banned in most countries but not in the U.S.  (there are now disposables such as seventh generation and earths best that make diapers without the bleaching process).

cloth diapers have come a long ways since our parents time.  there are all different kinds of systems to help make it easier and more comfortable for parents and babies nowadays.  they even have cloth diapering services where they'll tow your dirty diapers away and bring them back all fresh and clean!
here's a few of the ones we are considering, bumGenius, fuzzibunz, and kissaluvs.  the bumgenius ones shown below are what they call AIO (all in one) systems which basically is the closest thing that comes to disposable diapers for ease of use.  the fuzzibunz and kissaluvs are considered "pocket diapers" where you have an insert that you have to stuff the diapers with.  then you have the traditional "prefolds" which are the old school square cloths that our moms and grandmas used.  each one has there own pros and cons.  if your considering cloth diapers i'd recommend trying a few out until you find something that works best for you and baby.

I'm excited for our cloth diaper experience and will post updates when baby arrives. =)

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