The initial reason we chose to cloth diaper our second baby (Kenneth) was money, we all want to save it when we can. Over time using cloth diapers saves a lot of money, especially if you cloth diaper more than one baby. The average savings per child is about $1730 if you use Huggies, which we always did. Over time I started doing research, once I learned more about cloth diapers my reason to continue changed.
When we were expecting our first baby (Thomas) a friend asked me if I was going to cloth diaper and at the time. I was like heck no! Now looking back, I wish I would have. That was nearly 5 years ago, I look at life a lot differently now. Back then I wasn’t thinking about saving the planet. I wasn’t thinking about the negative impact disposable diapers have on the planet. We certainly weren’t really thinking about saving money- even though I really should have been. There was no thought about all the chemicals that they use in disposable diapers. Now, I am in a different place in life were all those things matter to me. Yes, they should have mattered then as well. When expecting your first child you really are not thinking about the impact another baby will have on the planet. Let’s just be honest about that. We are consumed with baby this and that, blue or pink, he or she what will it be? From expecting a new baby announcement, gender reveal parties to baby showers and everything in between. We are consumed with everything baby.
There are so many reasons that parents choose to cloth diaper. I am just going to cover a few of these reasons. Let me start by saying, I in no way think that I am a better parent because I cloth diaper. I have no judgment when it comes to the choices you make as a parent. Especially when it comes to cloth/disposable diapering or breastfeeding/formula feeding. We all have our reasons. We as parents do what we need to do to keep our sanity and keep our tiny little humans alive.
Did you know that the average disposable diaper takes 500-550 years to start decomposing? That is just to start, not even to fully decompose. When disposable diapers decompose, they create methane and other toxic gasses. Did you also know that an average of 20 billion disposable diapers end up in the landfill each year? Yes 20 BILLION! When I first started reading about disposable diapers and the negative impact they have, my mind was blown. According to the EPA an estimated 200,000 trees are cut down each year to make disposable diapers. Now for me these reasons were more than enough to be very proud of my decision to cloth diaper. When things get tough and I want to quit, I think about the negative impact we already have on the planet. Something I had just never thought of before. I was so guilty of contributing to these numbers and negative impact.
Another reason I choose to cloth diaper is because it saves my sanity. Yes I still have to clean poopy diapers but I can’t tell you the number of times our cloth diapers have saved us from a nasty blow out. You know those ones where the poop is up the back and down the legs. You contemplate just throwing the pajamas away. Cloth diapers do an exceptionally good job of holding everything in. We use cotton prefolds, which are very clean and super absorbent. We get to skip all the nasty chemicals they put in disposables diapers, pads and tampons. Which I’ll save for another Blog post.
And you know I never even got to mention all the cute prints that cloth diapers come in. Adorable! We will talk about that in my next post: Different types of cloth diapers.
I don’t know about you, I defiantly want to leave this planet a better place. It is important to me that I teach my children the same values.