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Why Choose Cloth Diapers?

by Kelly Wels

photo courtesy Kelly Wels

Reason #1: It’s Best for Baby

Many disposable diapers are made using a variety of chemicals and bleaches, potentially exposing babies to harmful chemicals. These chemicals have been linked to allergies (and sometimes asthma) in babies and children. Research has also indicated that lowering a baby’s exposure to chemicals can benefit a baby’s skin. In fact, some studies say that cloth diapering may lower a baby’s incidence of diaper rash. 

Reason #2: You Can Save $2500 Per Baby

Want to save a couple thousand dollars or more? You can. The economics of cloth diapering can be astounding for a family on a budget. From newborn to potty training you will change your baby up to 8000 times. Disposable diapers can cost up to $0.36 per diaper change.

Reason #3: You Can Be Eco-Friendly

It is cool to be green and it really is good for you, your baby, and mother earth. Did you know that it takes up to 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose due to the chemicals inside the diaper? When you choose cloth diapers you are saving approximately two tons of landfill space. (approx. 8000 diapers = 2 tons of landfill space) 

Reason #4: Cloth Is Convenient

As silly as it sounds to some parents, cloth diapering really can be a convenient diapering option. Imagine not having to run to the store every time you need more diapers. Imagine never having to lug a heavy box of diapers home and then finding a place to store them each and every time. Instead, with cloth diapers you simply put in a load of laundry at night and have clean diapers in the morning.

Reason #5: Cloth Diapering Is Fun

Many moms love cloth diapering, and some are even addicted to it! They love the fashion-forward colorful diapers and talking about cloth diapering with other moms. Modern cloth diapers are as easy to use as a disposable!


Kelly Wels is a leading cloth diaper expert and advocate who has a passion for helping parents make informed decisions when it comes to how they diaper their babies.

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