The longer I am a cloth diaper user the more reasons I am finding why I love my cloth diapers. What started as a way for me to save money and stop rashes on my daughter is now a full blown addiction and I try to educate everyone I can on why cloth diapers are the best option.
When I talked to my grandmother about my choice to cloth diaper she was puzzled to why I would want to use them. I showed her how much cloth has changed and she was amazed. Cloth diapering is no longer flat diapers, pins and plastic pants. Cloth is very cute, easy to use and there are so many options and diapers to try.
My daughter has extremely sensitive skin which was the main reason we made the switch to cloth diapers to begin with but I did not realize how many diaper rashes would be prevented. Before the switch my daughter would get a rash almost every time she pooped or got to hot. The rashes just kept getting worse and worse. When we made the switch they stopped. The only time she got rashes from the time we made the switch to when she potty learned a few months ago was when she had a really bad stomach flu. The skin on her bottom was finally soft and smooth like a babies butt should be.
One question I get a lot is what do I do with solid bowel movements and I tell people I dump it in the potty and then wash the diaper with the other diapers I have. A lot of people think this is gross ( I used to be the same way ) and they tell me they would rather just throw it out and be done. I then tell them that dumping human waste into landfills violates the World Health Organization guidelines and is technically illegal.
Many people do not know what the amount of chemicals that are in a disposable diaper. I did not know until I did some research and what I found shocked me!
Sodium Polyacrylat which was taken out of tampons because it was causing TSS is found in diapers. Diaper makers say it is safe because it is on the outside of the body but it has been said that some workers in factories manufacturing Sodium Polyacrylate suffer from female organ problems, slow healing wounds, fatigue and weight loss.
Traces of the carcinogen Dioxin have been found in disposable diapers. Dioxin causes liver disease, immune system suppression and genetic damage. It is a byproduct of bleaching with chlorine gas and is banned in most countries. Unfortunately, the USA still allows it.
I was also really disgusted when I learned diapers basically do not decompose in land fills because it takes sun to decompose things and the landfills are too full. Since on average babies use 3,000 diapers in one year – I have three kids right now and on average kids are in diapers for two and half years - my kids alone would be putting close to 225,000 diapers in the land fill.
There just is no denying how much cloth diapers really do rock!!
***info on the chemicals was found here: