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Cloth Diapers or Disposable?

Disposable diapers have been the norm for several decades now, but cloth diapers have been making a comeback in recent years. And with good reason, too. The cloth diapers of today aren’t what they used to be. Contemporary cloth diapers are easy to use, with Velcro fastenings and double-ply construction that prevents leaks. While families easily spend upwards of $50 a month on disposable diapers, the best cloth diapers can last for several years. Washing cloth diapers uses a relatively small amount of water and electricity, little enough that it’s unlikely to cause a noticeable increase in most household budgets. Unless you live in the desert, or an area that’s prone to frequent droughts, reusable cloth diapers are probably the better option. Cloth diapers are better for the environment, too, because disposables take up room in landfills. Even biodegradable diapers can take years to break down when not exposed to sunlight and air.

3 comments

1 Carol { 04.28.10 at 9:27 am }

My daughter (now 28) and twin boys (turned 26 last week) are all grown up now. For a short time, I had all 3 in diapers. Call me old fashioned, but years ago I used to use cloth diapers and hang them out on the line each day. It was a good feeling, and it also got us all out in the fresh air for a few minutes each day (hanging up the diapers and then taking them in when they were dry). I also pureed what I could from our dinner so they could have healthy baby food (veggies and such)! Which leads me to talk about breast feeding also, it’s healthy, economical, and really is a fantastic way to bond with your baby. Although these ideas may not be right for some of you, I look back at those
days with a smile and realize every moment was worth it. As far as we have
come with modern technology and changes I would do it all over again if
I could right now!! Thanks for reading!

2 poptartstevens { 04.26.10 at 10:32 pm }

This is a great blurb regarding diapers. My sis is pregnant for the first time and suddenly all items “preggo” are coming to the forefront for me! I will be sure to pass this along to her in hopes it helps her decide the winner in the “what kind of diapers are best?” battle.

3 Wanda { 04.26.10 at 5:49 pm }

Have wondered for some time after seeing ads for donating disposal diapers to moms who can’t afford to buy them why they aren’t given the cloth ones.They already get Wick, food stamps,etc. now they want free diapers. Give us a break. I washed my daughters diapers when she was a baby, and Mom’s can do it now.

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