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Cloth Diaper Service!

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Why Go Cloth?

There are many truly excellent reasons to cloth diaper your youngster. At the end of the day, however, only you can decide whether to give cloth a try. To help you make the most educated decision we have compiled a list of reasons to go cloth. As always, please contact us if you have any questions about this page or any other section of our website. We are here to help!

Great Reason #1: The Health of Your Child

Our cloth diapers are 100% unbleached cotton. They are soft and cushy against your baby’s skin. Disposable diapers contain some nasty chemicals such as dioxin (a carcinogenic by-product of the bleaching process), sodium polyacrylate (a super absorbent gel similar to a substance in tampons found to cause toxic shock syndrome), and Tributyl-tin (a toxic substance known to cause hormonal problems in humans). All these nasty chemicals will be up next to your baby’s sensitive skin for at least two years.

Disposable diapers are made out of plastic made to feel like cloth. But it isn’t cloth. It’s plastic and it’s water and air proof. In 1955, before disposable diapers were even invented, it was estimated that only 7% of babies suffered from diaper rash. In 1991, after disposables had taken over the market, that number jumped to an alarming 78%.

Great Reason #2: The Environment

Everyone knows “going green” is all the rage right now. But if you sit down and do the research you will find behaving in an environmentally responsible way is in your child, your grandchild, and your great grandchild’s best interest. If you decide to cloth diaper your baby you will prevent one ton of untreated waste PER YEAR from entering our landfills. Fun factoid: every disposable diaper ever used in this country is still in a landfill somewhere and will be for at least another 150 years. Another fun factoid: 2 ½ years worth of disposable diapers for one child will use up 20 trees and 420 gallons of petroleum. Yet another fun factoid: cloth diapers can be washed and reused as many as 200 times before being retired for use as cleaning rags.

 

Great Reason #3: It’s Cheaper!

We’ve found that nothing helps our case more than cold, hard numbers, so here goes:

Let’s assume for our purposes that disposable diapers cost 30 cents each (that’s an average; some cost more, some cost less). Now let’s assume the average baby uses 10 diapers a day. That’s $21 a week. We have services as low as $17 per week!  In addition, due to disposables and products such as Pull-Ups and other disposable training pants options children are potty training later and later. The average age is now almost 3 years old! The average cloth diapered baby potty trains at about 2 years old. At $21 a week disposables could end up costing you $3,276 for up to 3 years of use. With our diaper service, you would only need to pay for two years of hassle free service! If you would like to know why cloth babies potty train earlier, please take a look at Great Reason #4.

Great Reason #4: Potty Train Earlier

Disposable diapers use an absorbent gel that soaks up the urine in diapers and holds it away from baby’s skin. You may think this is a good thing, but it’s really not for a variety of reasons. When it comes time to potty train your child has no idea WHY when she wears disposables. Your baby can’t feel when she’s wet so why would she have any incentive at all to learn to use the toilet? With cloth diapers your child is able to understand the cause and effect relationship, which helps teach your baby faster. Cloth babies potty train an average of six months earlier than disposable babies.

Great Reason #5: Support the Charlotte Economy

Our cloth diaper service is a small, local business located right here in Charlotte. When you use our service you are doing your part to help boost our local economy. Disposables, on the other hand, funnel money out of state and do nothing to help Charlotte.

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Author: Adrienne

Attorney and Professional labor and postpartum doula.

4 thoughts on “Cloth Diaper Service!

  1. We use bum genius cloth and wash at home, but we use disposables at night and when we travel. I think it’s saved us some money (well at least freed up money that we have ended up spending on other things like food). Is your little one still at home? Were you able to find a day care that does cloth? Most of them will not, which I can understand – hard enough corralling all those kids to stop and spray out a diaper or keep track of wet bags. Another reason why nannies are sometimes a better deal than day care (esp. if you have more than one kid).

    • We are starting day care at the end of the month! And yes, they are okay with cloth diapers. They were okay with cloth as long as we provided a tote bag and pail for dirty diapers. However, a nanny would be awesome. 🙂

  2. Nice post and Very nice information about diapers.

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