By Sherri Kuhn
Does the idea of using cloth diapers make you cringe? Cloth diapering has come a long way. Gone are the bulky folds of cloth held in place by massive diaper pins that your mother (or grandmother) may have used. Diaper companies are jumping on the bandwagon and offering so many cute options you may not even consider disposables for your baby. Continue reading about the benefits of cloth diapers…
Benefits of cloth
Cloth diapers are soft against your baby’s tender skin and free from chemicals that disposable diapers contain to make them more absorbent. To keep baby’s skin from developing a painful rash, diapers need to be changed as frequently as possible — whether you are using cloth or disposable. Today’s cloth diapers have adorable covers in cute patterns, designed to fit your baby’s contours and provide better protection. Closures with Velcro or snaps make changing a cloth diaper as easy as disposables.
Who loves cloth?
Many celebrities have been big fans of cloth diapers for years, and many more seem to be jumping on board. Among celebs said to have stashed cloth diapers in their diaper bag are Tori Spelling, Heidi Klum, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alyssa Milano and Denise Richards. With all of the cute styles and trendy patterns available, who wouldn’t want the paparazzi to snap a photo?
Mother Nature’s opinion
What about the environment? While it’s estimated that disposable diapers take years to completely break down in landfills, cloth diapers can be reused for years and for subsequent babies. While you do use resources such as water and electricity to launder cloth diapers, the effect on the environment may still be less.
Save some green
One of the lesser-known benefits of cloth diapering is the amount of money you can save over the period of time from your baby’s birth until she is potty trained. The estimated cost of $300 – $500 for a complete set of cloth diapers seems high until you compare the $2,500 price tag parents will shell out for disposables.
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