I don't have to cloth diaper, I could spend my hard earned money on trash, but I choose not to contribute waste to the landfills, which will still be decomposing when my 22nd generation is born. I just don't like the idea of spending our money on trash that is hurting our environment. Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks, and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.
There are countless chemicals in disposables diapers, many of which have been linked to cancer and reproductive issues. Take dioxin, which is a byproduct of the paper bleaching process used to make disposable diapers. The EPA considers dixoin to be a cancer causing agent that can increase the risk of cancer even at low levels. Sodium polyacrylate, is that crystal like gel that helps disposable diapers absorb massive urine, which was removed from tampons in 1985 because it caused Toxic Shock Syndrome. Other chemicals baby's skin is exposed to in disposables include dyes, fragrances, plastics, toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, dipentene, and sodium polyacrylate have all at one time been linked to allergies and sometimes asthma.
Any of these sound familiar?
Cloth isn't convenient? Doing a quick load of cloth diapers is much more convenient than running to the store, carrying the big pack of diapers home and then finding a place to store them each and every time you run out of diapers.
My daycare/caregiver won't use cloth diapers. They totally will once you show them how a modern
Dealing with poo got you down on cloth? Well newsflash you are going do deal with 10 times the amount of poo with all of the blowouts you are going to experience while using a disposable.
Scared of the extra couple loads of laundry you will do a week? Think about the extra loads you will be doing because of the amounts of spit up and blowouts you are going to experience with a baby. You have time for those extra loads, you have time for the quick load of cloth diapers. They are easy to care for and easy for grandparents and care givers to use.
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