Cloth Diapering

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So I finally took the plunge into CD’ing or cloth diapering. The moment I put that soft cloth diaper on his little bitty baby butt he was grinning his little heart out. He loves it!He’s been “petting” the diaper cover and staring at his new froggies. It’s so awesome to have finally gotten over my irrational fears that cloth diapering was going to triple my laundry loads, it doesn’t and I’ve saved us a lot of money by going cloth!I worked it out that in the last 7 years, at the average of disposable diapers being used for 3 years of each of my children at 12.97 per pack I’ve spent approximately 13, 073.76 dollars in 7 years for diapering with “‘sposies” (aka disposable diapers).

Average start up costs with cloth diapers ranges between 200 and 400 dollars going brand new. I spent 500 to 600 going with a combo of second hand stashes and brand new for start up.

If I had continued to use disposables I would be spending in three years 1,876.68 dollars for diapers. Essentially, with my start up costs of cloth diapering I have saved myself 854.68 dollars (minus the 415 that I already spent on disposables for his first 8 months of life).

When he out grows this size, I can sell my stash to another mama who needs that size and buy second hand stashes or brand new (if I wanted to) stashes to accommodate his growth. It’s a win-win situation because the old stash can be sold to buy the new stash so essentially I am not re-investing very much during growth stages. I still will have saved myself a lot of money.

Money isn’t the only factor, environment is a factor. Did you know it can take as long as 500 years for a disposable diaper to break down in a landfill? Did you also know that disposable diapers can contaminate the water around them? That they have many disgusting chemicals and toxins and I am not just talking about the bio-hazardous crap our kidlets seem to pipe out of their bums that can peel paint and make a dog scratch their eyes out with their paws and run around in circles here. I’m talking toxic, manufactured and man made chemicals like Dioxin and Sodium Polyacrylate.

On the market since the early 60’s, the disposable diaper changed from a plastic diaper with a lot of paper fluff to a diaper constructed of a waterproof plastic outer layer, an absorbent pad with super absorbent chemicals, and an inner liner. The super absorbent chemical, sodium polyacrylate, absorbs and holds fluids in the diaper. This chemical has been linked to toxic shock syndrome, can cause allergic reactions, and is lethal to cats if inhaled. Death has occurred from ingestion of just 5 grams of this chemical. Pediatric journals contain reports of this chemical sticking to babies’ genitals. When the baby’s skin gets wet, this super absorber can poll fluids form baby’s skin. Dioxin, the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a byproduct of bleaching paper. Even in the smallest detectable quantities, dioxin has been known to cause liver disease, immune system suppression, and genetic damage in lab animals. Dyes found in some disposables are known to damage the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received reports that fragrances caused headaches, dizziness, and rashes. Problems reported to the Consumer Protection Agency include chemical burns, noxious chemical and insecticide odors, reports of babies pulling disposables apart and putting pieces of plastic into their noses and mouth, choking on tab papers and linings, plastic melting onto the skin, and ink staining the skin. Plastic tabs can also tear skin, and disposables may contain wood splinters.

In 1987, the Sunday Democrat and Chronicle published news about the new Pampers Ultra. The new gel they used caused severe skin irritations, oozing blood from perineum and scrotal tissues, fever, vomiting, and staph infections in babies. Employees in Pampers factories suffered from tiredness, female organ problems, slow-healing wounds and weight loss. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 54% of one-month old babies using disposable diapers had rashes, 16% had severe rashes. A survey of Procter & Gamble’s own studies show that the incidence of diaper rash increases from 7.1 percent to 61 percent with the increased use of throwaway diapers, great for manufacturers of diaper rash medicines. Widespread diaper rash is a fairly new phenomenon that surfaced along with disposable diapers. Reasons for more rashes include allergies to chemicals, lack of air, higher temperatures because plastic retains body heat, and babies are probably changed less often because they feel dry when wet.


Which leads me to my major factor in switching to cloth diapers, my son’s health. He already has GERD (acid reflux disease) and a PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus). He does not need to be exposed to these chemicals and his little bottom deserves the best, including anything his mama can do to protect it from rashes, irritations and even protect his future fertility!

So there you have it, my reasons to cloth diaper and my brand spanking new cloth diaper baby boy enjoying his new found soft and cushie di di’s!


One Response to “Cloth Diapering”

  1. My wife recently purchased a bag of soapnuts to use for cleaning cloth diapers for our baby girl. They worked better than any other laundry detergent she had tried. She was so impressed that she bought them in bulk & opened up an e-store so that she have a home-based business and still raise our daughter. Her site is Check it out!

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