Diapering Debates

June 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Cloth versus Disposable

You will hear many compelling arguments for and against cloth diapering your child. Consider the following as you make your choice:

Your Baby’s Health

Disposable diapers contain traces of dioxin, a toxin linked to cancer, liver damage, and birth defects. Disposables contain Sodium Polyacrylate (SAP) as the super absorbing gel; a chemical that was removed from tampons in 1985 due to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

The Environment

Four million disposable diapers are discarded daily in Canada, taking up to 500 years to fully decompose.
Untreated fecal matter in landfill promotes growth of Hepatitis B and Polio.
Effluents (wastes) from the manufacturing process of disposables – pulp and paper, plastics – contribute to soil and ground water contamination.

Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are made of 100% cotton.
Cloth diapers are reusable up to 200 times as diapers before being used as rags.
Fecal matter is treated properly as sewage.
Cloth diapers produce 6000% less solid waste, use 500% less energy to manufacture, and require 1000% less volume of materials than disposables.
Soft, breathable cotton is against your baby’s tender skin.
Children often toilet-train up to one year earlier

The argument heard most often is that washing cloth diapers is a drain on water resources, and therefore worse for the environment than disposables. Yes, washing diapers uses water, a resource that is often abused in North America. However, a disposable diaper leaching in a landfill for 500 years cannot be compared to an extra load of laundry when discussing negatives for the environment!

An Introduction to Cloth Diapers… Change your Ways

June 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Did you know about such a thing as a cloth diaper?

My own ideas of bum covers were based on disposable diapers for infants. Little did I know seven years ago. I am now surrounded by the ideas, ingenuity, and inspiration to pass on the great message regarding the use of modern cloth diapers!

Put a cotton rectangle folded in three onto a waterproof cover and wrap this around your baby’s bottom just like a disposable. That is the easiest way to describe it!

Now change your baby’s bottom by undoing the velcro tabs, removing the soiled cotton diaper to the diaper pail, and replacing it with a new prefold diaper. Reattach the diaper cover onto baby and let’s get moving!

Ready to head outside to the park? Pack two extra cotton prefolds, some wipes, a change of clothes, and a tote bag into a backpack. Lead on! Little one is toddling over to the slide. What a cushy bottom she has to fall on as she learns to walk!

Travelling up to the cottage for a week – with cloth? Sure – bring a larger tote bag (or just pack the diaper pail with clean ones ready to go!) to collect the soiled diapers. We have to bring back the garbage bag and recyclables anyway. These cloth diapers don’t seem to stink as much as those disposable diapers. Imagine after a week! Save the landfill and our noses too!

Okay, now you’ve been hooked up with your own stash of diapers! Just love those SuperBrite colours from Bummis! Secretly, the SWW flower print is still my favourite! Did you see the AIO diapers on the little baby over there? Very sweet fluffy behind! So much variety in this world of cloth diapers!

Baby’s next word is wet.  I mean really?  Does she have to say it while in line at the grocery store?  Okay, we’ll be changing that dirty bottom just after we finish up with checking out.  In the back of the Mini Cooper, mom whips off the dirty and lays down the clean diaper – diaper change done!  Now load those groceries and let’s go pick up dad!

Life with baby is a collection of moments.  I just wanted to remind parents that cloth doesn’t make any of them more difficult.  At one time, cloth was the only option.

Change your Ways…

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