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Cloth Diapers - 5 Very Important Questions

Sep 15, 2008
You may know that using cloth diapers can save you about $500 every year compared to the cost of disposable diapers. You may know that babies get less diaper rash, are more comfortable and generally happier in cloth diapers.

Yet, you may still be on the fence about cloth diapers. Here are 4 important questions and answers you may not know. They may surprise you.

1. How long does a disposable diaper take to decompose?

A disposable diaper can take as long as 500 years to decompose, clogging landfills as it does so. And of course, this decomposition only happens if there are optimal conditions, such as exposure to sunlight and air. In landfills, this is usually not the case.

2. How many diapers does a baby use per day on average?

According to studies, the average is about 8 diapers per day! While some babies, especially infants use much less, older babies will have bowel movements a few times per day.

3. What is the effect of disposable diapers on babies?

Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate (the super absorbent gel), which has been linked to toxic shock syndrome. It is toxic and babies can get to it if they tear open the diaper. Additionally, the incidence of diaper rash has increased along with the increase of using disposable diapers, the incidence of diaper rash has also increased: from 7.1% to 61%. Many say this is due to the toxic nature of the chemicals used in disposable diapers.

4. What is the average age most children in the world are potty trained?

Until the 1960's almost all children were potty trained before reaching two years of age. Disposable diapers have pushed this age far back, with many children not being potty trained until as old as four or five!

5. What is the average age most children in the U.S. are potty trained?

In the U.S., the average age for potty training has risen to 37 months, an all time high and a real cause for concern. A lot of parents are worried about dealing with the "terrible twos" and want to avoid potty training at this age. However, the environmental effects of this trend are devastating, with as many as 2,000 diapers per child per year clogging our landfills!

The impact on our children as a result of the "age of convenient disposable diapers" is incredible. Many say it is because of big business that we keep our children in diapers longer than at any time in history - and because of the media making it "acceptable" to be in diapers longer.

It makes one wonder about the lasting effects this disposable diaper culture can have on our children. However, the effects reach further than our households - there is a serious impact on the global environment as well. These are some things to consider when choosing cloth diapers over disposables.
About the Author
Nick Lombardi is a life coach who helps families save money and go green. To discover more about cloth baby diapers and how they can save money and the environment, visit http://www.BabySproutNaturals.com
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