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Using Cloth Diapers Saves Money

Jun 24, 2008
Cloth diapers have the best advantage by being reusable. They may be better known as reusable diapers, but that name is far less appealing than cloth diapers. Cloth diapers give your baby a sense of softness and tenderness to the their skin. Due to their reusability, cloth diapers last longer, cost less, and are not harmful to the environment.

One advantage is that cloth diapers do not contain harmful chemicals that some disposable diapers have. Disposable diapers have been known to contain Dioxin. This substance is also used for bleaching paper. Do you want that touching your baby's skin? This material has been banned in most countries. However, it is still sold in the United States. Another toxin found in disposable diapers is Tributyl-tin or TBT. It contains toxic pollutants that have been found to cause hormonal problems in certain animals and humans.

Sodium polyacrylate is another toxin contained in disposable diapers. It turns into a gel like property upon getting wet. A similar substance was used in super-absorbency tampons until the 1980s when it was found to increase the chance of toxic shock syndrome. A health survey carried out recently discovered that using disposable diapers for long periods of time could harm the physiological testicular cooling mechanism essential for proper sperm production.

A baby may need to be changed as much as 3000 times or more per year. The price of generic disposable diapers is about 25 cents and brand names diapers are about 38 cents each. That turns out to be about 32 cents each on average. So, your monthly cost for each child may be as much as 78.00 each month.

Cloth diapers cost more, but you will save a lot more in the long run. If you were to take the average of 32 cents per diaper and multiply that by 100, you could save yourself 32.00 for each cloth diaper you use instead of disposable. Caring for cloth diapers is just like taking care of your own clothes. By washing them regularly, they should last a long enough for several children to use them. Just use soft detergents that won't irritate your babys skin.

Trying both types of diapers to see which one works best for you and your baby is probably a good idea. You can also ask your friends and family what they preferred when bringing up their own children. In the end, it comes down to your choice and your baby's.
About the Author
Tyler Flemming is a father of 3 children on cloth diapers . By using cloth diapers, he saved over 10,000 diapers from entering our landfills. Using reusable diaper s helps save the environment.
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