So, we'll be cloth diapering, and here's why.
- COST: On average, a family spends 2500-3000 per kid on diapers. Cloth costs around 300 for a big stash, and you can use them for multiple children. Even factoring in extra water and electric, that was big savings for us, especially since we plan on more kids.
- THE EARTH: While I wouldn't consider myself a treehugger exactly I do find myself becoming more and more interested in all things "hippie". I also believe that as Christians we are called to be good stewards of the earth. Considering that disposable diapers are not biodegradable and each child produces one to two TONS of diapers between birth and potty training, that doesn't really seem like good stewardship. Cloth, of course, is biodegradable.
- CHEMICALS: Since having a baby I have become a lot more conscious of what I am putting in my body and in his. Do you know how many CHEMICALS are in disposables?!?! It's insane. The chemicals in disposable have been linked to, among other things, neurological problems and male infertility.
- And of course, cloth diapered bums are just insanely cute. These are a few of the main reasons. There are others, like the reported lack or decrease of diaper rash.