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6 Reasons Why Cloth Diapers Are Better Than Disposables (+ 1 Way They Ain’t)

mamanatural.com Cloth diapers are great. And they’re way better than disposables. Here’s why. 1. Cloth Diapers are cheaper Disposable diapers will set you back at least 00 before your child is potty trained. And if you buy premium or biodegradable options, that number will look more like 00. Whereas twenty of the most expensive cloth diapers will set you back less than 0. Factor in detergent and water bills, and you’re still looking at half the cost of disposables. Sources: Consumer Reports (July 8, 2009). “Cloth vs. disposable diapers: Getting started”. www.time.com 2. Cloth diapers are way better for the environment An average child will go through anywhere from four to eight thousand diapers in his or her life. Nationwide, parents in the USA use an estimated 27.4 billion disposable diapers each year. That’s around 3.4 million tons of diapers that end up in landfills each year. The environmental footprint of disposable diapers is staggering. And when you compare all that to using the same twenty cloth diapers over and over, washing them with minimal and safe detergent (method) in a high efficiency washer, there’s just no contest. Sources: The number of diapers a child uses comes from the conservative estimate of six per day x 365 x 2 years = 5475 diapers used. www.time.com 3. Cloth diapers are more absorbent I speak here from experience. With a cloth diaper, I don’t have to change my baby in the middle of the night. With disposables, I do. Then there’s the

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25 comments on “6 Reasons Why Cloth Diapers Are Better Than Disposables (+ 1 Way They Ain’t)

  • MamaNaturalBlog

    July 29, 2011 at 1:50 am

    @12345haj Aw, thank you! God bless.

  • Love u what a good video .I searched a lot fr such information finally I got it thanxs a lot may god bless u and ur children.

  • MamaNaturalBlog

    July 29, 2011 at 3:28 am

    @ifeeltall93 No way. The sprayer was less than $30 , the detergent is same cost as any other and the odor eater spray isn’t expensive and lasts a long time.

  • Calculating in the cost of the special detergent, the sprayer, and the odor killer does it still come out cheaper for you? how often do you run out?

  • MamaNaturalBlog

    July 29, 2011 at 5:07 am

    @ifeeltall93 We use disposables when we travel. I have a cloth diaper sack for dirty diapers on the go. It zips up and contains the odor.

  • After watching this video and your other cloth diaper video i was pretty much sold on cloth diapers except….what happens when you are traveling? or if you are at the zoo and then have to change a poopie diaper what’s your system?

  • Stacimarie31508

    July 29, 2011 at 6:24 am

    no way jose. disposable all the way

  • MamaNaturalBlog

    July 29, 2011 at 7:15 am

    @GeNe157 Please do and here’s to Lord doing His work :).

  • still very nervous about using cloth diapers when the Lord finally opens my womb and gives my husband and I a child. But I will definitely consider it!

  • @GrowingAlways Thanks! Lol. I’m not letting any of ’em get to me. It’s my decision and I’ll do what I want. 😀

  • GrowingAlways

    July 29, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Great video! I agree and I love my fuzzibunz!

  • GrowingAlways

    July 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

    @ReadySetBaby You go girl! don’t let anyone discourage you! Really, when you get in the routine it’s not that bad at all!

  • fluffywanderings

    July 29, 2011 at 9:23 am

    🙁 We used cloth diapers until Fia was about 10 months old or so… but then every time I would put one on her she would get a horrible yeast rash within hours. We switched to using disposables and that really helped her rash… haven’t had the time or courage to switch back and we will probably be potty training her soon anyway. Maybe I can convince my husband to try again with the next kid. What are your favorite diapers?

  • Great video! Definitly will pass on for others!

  • NaturallyThriftyMom

    July 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Love this!

  • I started cloth diapering my daughter at 14 months!I like it SO much better.I have not had to use diaper rash cream on her once since CD’ing.It is never too late to start.A bonus of starting later is that you can buy less diapers and it is still saving us money!!We also cut up old receiving blankets and use those for cloth wipes.

  • I LOVE this. I might have my mom watch it. We just bought some cloth diapers last night. My mom thinks that we’re insane and that it’s going to be too hard or that I’ll “give up.” I told her I’m not backing down, and that it’s something I really want to do. This video is just perfect.

  • MamaNaturalBlog

    July 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

    @elisam34 Thanks! Me too. Our bills haven’t gone up in any detectable way and we also dry line as much as possible.

  • MamaNaturalBlog

    July 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    @clairelou09011988 Oh my! Great point about going to the supermarket! Another great reason not to go with disposables :).

  • clairelou09011988

    July 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    great video! cloth diaper all the way here, and will for baby #2 also 🙂 it has saved us a fortune and you never have to worry about running out of diapers either which is always a bonus not having to take a baby to the supermarket!

  • great video! and my energy bills have not gone up at all with washing my dipes. I do laundry every day anyway and I dry them on a line(sometimes LOL) I’m going to share this video!

  • MamaNaturalBlog

    July 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    @IsabellaBorgward Totally understandable. And cloth is a big investment upfront, which can be difficult to swallow.

  • IsabellaBorgward

    July 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Well, that argument is valid and I consider it, but still, at least in my house, I noticed the bills went up a lot with frequent use of the washing machine, and at this very moment, with the crisis in Portugal, I cannot afford to pay more to make the world more sustainable, this is a fact…

  • MamaNaturalBlog

    July 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    @LouLou230705 Thanks! I’ll be posting a video on Thursday about our cloth diaper setup, which will give you an idea of the amount of hassle involved.

  • MamaNaturalBlog

    July 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    @IsabellaBorgward All of the paper, plastic and energy that goes into creating and transporting disposables to people’s homes – and then all the plastic and petroleum required to haul disposables to the landfill – is much more harmful to the environment. Not to mention, digging new landfills? and dumping plastic there that will never, ever biodegrade.

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