I started this with my 2nd son and continued it now with my 3rd.
I love it. MOST of the time :)
However I will admit this time around it has been harder. Im working a lot more, home schooling now and just really behind on house work and LAUNDRY. It really is just a lot to keep up with. I think if I didn’t work from home it be a wee bit easier, but job or no job, im busy. When this happens I throw in the towel with my cloth diapering and will use disposables for a day or two in order to catch up. It happens and thats ok.
Cloth diapering is wonderful, if and when you can do it.
If a disposable is thrown in the bunch from time to time. So be it.
It really is worth it financially in the long run, if you diaper multiple children especially. More importantly to me I really believe it is better for our children and the enviroment. Not that I’m a super “eco-chic” gal, I like to think of myself that way.. I recycle and use natural products around our home but I’ve got lots to learn.
Its not so much about being eco-friendly….
When I read things like THIS by Noreen Kassem for DrMomma.org, about the chemical involved in disposable diapers… It just makes me thankful I decided to try cloth diapering. Think about it… our babies live in diapers the 1st two or three years of their life. Day and Night… They are constantly sitting on our children’s sensitive areas… So while I do not think a disposable diapers are “horrible” :) I do think the information regarding them is something we as parents should at least know about. Maybe im paranoid… Maybe I over think. But it is worth thinking about right?
Here is the post for those who don’t like to jump from blog to blog :)
Disposable diapers seem to be a necessity in today’s lifestyle of convenience and temporary items. Though they are commonly used, synthetic, single-use diapers often contain chemicals linked to long-term health conditions. A study published in the Archives of Environmental Health (1999) states that disposable diapers should be considered to be a factor that may cause or worsen childhood asthma and respiratory problems. The soft, sensitive skin of babies is also prone to rashes and allergic reactions due to the chemicals in disposable diapers.
Most disposable diapers are bleached white with chlorine, resulting in a byproduct called dioxins that leach into the environment and the diapers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dioxins are among the most toxic chemicals known to science and are listed by the EPA as highly carcinogenic chemicals. According to the World Health Organization, exposure to dioxins may cause skin reactions and altered liver function, as well as impairments to the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system and reproductive functions.
Sodium polycarbonate is a super absorbent chemical compound that is used in the fillers of many disposable diapers. It is composed of cellulose processed from trees that is mixed with crystals of polyacrylate. This chemical absorbs fluids and creates surface tension in the lining of the diaper to bind fluids and prevent leakage. Sodium polyacrylate is often visible as small gel-like crystals on the skin of babies and is thought to be linked to skin irritations and respiratory problems. This chemical was removed from tampons due to toxic shock syndrome concerns. As it has only been used in diapers for the last two decades, there is not yet research on the long-term health effects of sodium polyacrylate on babies.
Many disposable diapers contain a chemical called tributyl-tin (TBT). According to the EPA, this toxic pollutant is extremely harmful to aquatic (water) life and causes endocrine (hormonal) disruptions in aquatic organisms. TBT is a polluting chemical that does not degrade but remains in the environment and in our food chain. TBT is also an ingredient used in biocides to kill infecting organisms. Additionally, according to research published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, tributyl-tin can trigger genes that promote the growth of fat cells, causing obesity in humans.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Disposable diapers frequently contain chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These include chemicals such as ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene and dipentene. According to the EPA, VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system as well as cancers.
Other chemicals often used in disposable diapers include dyes, fragrances, plastics and petrolatums. Adhesive chemicals are used in the sticky tabs to close the diapers and dyes are used to color and make the patterns and labels that mark diapers. Perfumes and fragrances are used in some disposable diapers to help mask odors.
Again this information came from Peaceful Parenting ( a new fav blog read of mine ) – She has lots more great information on her site. She even has a post called “The Joy of Cloth” which is long but informative.
After all, disposable diapers are just easier… readily available and given out in the hospital when our babies enter the world.
Its a part of our culture to be honest. Cloth is old school. Or is it?
With so many awesome cloth diapering companies, forums, informational bloggers and great washing machines ;-) – I really don’t know why more people don’t at least give it a go. If it doesn’t work out, thats fine! At least you tried.
When I 1st started to cloth diaper my husband said “hah… we’ll see how long this last” and he honestly believed it last a week and after the 1st few stinky diapers I’d give in. Yet here we are 4 years later and im still at it.
If you strive to do something you can do it.
It just takes work…
How many of you cloth diaper? If so, what’s your fav?