1. Save the Planet! - The average baby uses between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers! That's a lot! If you are using disposable diapers, they are thrown into a landfill to sit for an estimated 250-500 years before decomposing! That means that every disposable diaper that has ever been thrown away is still sitting in a landfill somewhere. Yikes! Cloth diapers can be reused for multiple babies and even repurposed once you are finished with them.
2. Save your wallet! - It costs roughly $2,500 to diaper a baby from birth to potty training using disposable diapers. With cloth you can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars! A baby can be cloth diapered for less than $100 when using flats or prefolds and for just a few hundred dollars you can use modern cloth.
3. Protect your baby's skin! - Disposable diapers are full of harmful chemicals. Have you ever heard of toulene, sodium polyacrylate or dioxin? These are just a few of the harmful chemicals used in cloth diapers. Sodium polyacrylate is the gel like substance in disposable diapers. It has been linked to TSS and banned in the use of tampons. Dioxin is used to bleach the diapers to look white. The EPA considers it a cancer causing agent. Toulene is found in paints and gasoline and creates the awful smell. Cloth diapers are made from fabric. Not harmful chemicals to come into contact with your baby's skin!
4. It's easier than you think! - Sure, there is a bit of a learning curve in the beginning, especially if you are used to disposable diapers. The information on cloth diapers can be overwhelming at first, all the different brands, styles, and accessories. Once you get started, you will quickly become an expert! You will find that one extra load of laundry really isn't that bad and it's much more convenient than running to Target at midnight because you are out of diapers.
5. Oh my, the cuteness! - Have you ever seen a baby wearing a cloth diaper? Oh my! Is there anything cuter?
What is your #1 reason for using cloth?