Organic Cloth Baby Diapers
A few years ago a friend suggested using organic cloth baby diapers, which are all natural diapers, for our twins. I was not very open to the idea. I didn't think it made much sense to use organic cloth baby diapers instead of disposable diapers. I thought it would be messy and expensive. As I started
to research the benefits of all natural diapers it soon became clear
that this was the healthy and safe choice for our babies. I also discovered that the switch from disposables to all natural diapers would save me thousands of dollars by the time our twins were potty trained. There was also the fact that we would be doing our small part to help the earth. All those disposable diapers end up in landfills, leaching toxic chemicals into the ground and water supply.
For an excellent selection of quality cloth diapers go to The Ultimate Green Store or Our Green House.
The benefits of organic cloth baby diapers are listed below followed by an explanation
of each benefit.
Benefits of organic cloth baby diapers
- No dangerous chemicals come in contact with your baby's skin.
- All natural diapers cost less in the long run
- An organic diaper is more comfortable for your baby
- An organic diaper is better for the earth (dangerous chemicals don't end up in landfills)
- Babies usually potty train earlier
No dangerous chemicals come in contact with your babies skin
The main factor in our decision to use all natural diapers was
the fact that it was the healthy and safe choice for our twins. Disposable diapers are loaded with toxic chemicals that can potentially be absorbed into your baby's skin and cause severe health problems. The Environmental Protection Agency has listed 7 of the 15 pesticides used to produce non-organic cotton in the U.S. to be possible or known carcinogens (cancer-causing) agents. Dioxin is a toxic chemical found in disposables. The EPA list Dioxin as a cancer related chemical and it is banned in most countries. A chemical named Tributyl-tin (TBT) is also present in disposables and is known to cause hormonal problems in humans. An organic diaper has no harmful chemicals.
All natural diapers cost less in the long run
Organic cloth baby diapers may cost more up front but don't be fooled. They can save you a significant amount of money. A Consumer Reports article stated the average family will spend between $1500 and $2000 on disposable diapers for one baby (until completely potty trained). This seems accurate when you consider each baby will go through approximately 6000 diapers in their first two years. Using organic cloth baby diapers will cost the average family between $300 and $1000 depending on the system selected. The savings will be even better if you reuse the cloth diapers on a second baby.
More comfortable for your baby
All natural diapers are more comfortable against your baby's skin. The organic cotton used to make the diapers is free from chemicals that can irritate a babies skin. Organic cloth diapers consist of natural materials making them more breathable.
Babies usually potty train earlier
Babies can potty train up to six months faster when using organic cloth baby diapers. The reason for this is in the all natural diapers the baby feels the wetness after urinating. The baby can associate the wetness with the full bladder feeling prior to urinating where as in disposable diapers the wetness is absorbed and can't be felt.
Better for the earth (dangerous chemicals don't end up in landfills)
Consider these facts:
- Over 90% of all disposable diapers end up in landfills.
- It may take over 250 years for a disposable diaper to decompose.
- Disposable diapers are the 3rd largest single consumer item in landfills.
- For the average household with a baby, disposable diapers make up approximately
50% of household waste.