As a parent, you know that diapers are a hot commodity. Newborns and toddlers use diapers all day every day and there is no way around it. In the past, diapers were diapers and no one questioned anything else. Nowadays there are more options. Along with the “eat organic” trend, others, especially new parents, are now jumping on the “all organic” bandwagon. Organic cloth diapers, clothes, bedding, food… Organic products are almost always pricier than conventional but it’s important to know why these products might be worth your money.
Though disposable diapers are appealing in that there is no cleaning them after use, they are produced with hazardous chemicals and toxins such as sodium polyacrylate and dioxins. Dioxins have been labeled as incredibly toxic, detrimental to the immune system, and may also interrupt hormones. Exposure to these chemicals may also cause more skin rashes than diapers that do not contain them. A child in disposable diapers for 2-3 years can cost the standard family over $2,000 and for anyone that knows about having children; they know this is just another costly battle.
Organic Cloth Diapers:
Overall, organic cloth diapers are much cheaper than disposable diapers and are extremely beneficial for the environment. Organic cotton is grown without the use of certain pesticides and is regulated to be sure of it. Unlike disposable diapers, organic cotton is also not processed with chlorine, formaldehyde, dyes, or fragrances. Since newborns and young children have sensitive skin and are still building their immunity, limiting the amount of chemical exposure helps to keep your child safe.
In regards to the environmental benefits, cloth diapers blow disposable diapers out of the water. Cloth diapers can help to reduce the estimated 3 million tons of waste produced by the use of disposable diapers each year. It is said that the third largest single item in landfills are disposable diapers. People have also estimated that it takes over 100 years for a single disposable diaper to disintegrate. Since cloth diapers are reusable, parents can expect to save hefty amounts during the child’s diaper-wearing days. In addition to saving money for one child, the ability to wash and reuse organic cloth diapers can save money on multiple children.
Another benefit of using organic cloth diapers is that it may take less time to potty train your child. This may seem like a gimmick but unlike disposable diapers, the use of cloth diapers allows your child to feel when their diaper is wet. Since this feeling may be uncomfortable for your child, it can help to increase their efforts in potty training. Years ago when cloth diapers were more popular, children began potty training almost a year before they do nowadays! This is less of a hassle for the parent or caretaker and also much cheaper than buying disposable diapers for years to come.