Most of the parents we see at the Punkernoodle Baby showroom are expectant parents, researching cloth diapers and setting up their stash before baby arrives.
Still, every week or two we do help a parent who wants to make the big leap, the switch to cloth for their already disposable-diapered baby. Because we’re on the cusp of a new year, and it’s as good a time as any for resolutions, we thought it would be a great time to revisit the Top 5 Reasons to Switch to cloth. Because really, it’s never too late to change how you diaper.
1. It’s cheaper! The average week in disposables for an infant costs $21.00! About $85 per month, $1,000 a year and about $2,500 for 2 1/2 years of diapering! Setting up a cloth diaper system with one-size diapers, All-in-Ones or prefolds and covers can cost as little as $500.00 and can diaper two or more babies for a lifetime! Even if you’ve spent a few months, a year or more buying disposables, you still stand to gain a ton of savings with cloth.
2. Baby’s health. Disposable diapers contain chemicals such as Dioxin that most parents would not want up against their babies’ most sensitive areas 24-7. I know I didn’t. As a new mother I had enough environmental pollution and chemical-laced products to worry about. Using cloth means choosing a natural or safe fabric in place of chemical-laden plastic. It’s a logical extension of choosing healthy food for your family and making a marketplace choice to say no to dangerous products.
3. The planet. Would you throw away your clothes every day? One baby will go through 8,000 disposable diapers during their babyhood. It all goes into a landfill where it sits for hundreds of years before breaking down. We shouldn’t be a throwaway society. We have no reason to be, and it’s not what we should teach our kids.
4. It’s easy. Putting a cloth diaper on your child is just as easy as fastening a disposable — really! Modern cloth diapers have Velcro or snaps and are easy enough for freaked-out mother-in-laws and the most skeptical dads to put on in the dark. Can you change it in the rain? Can you change it on a train? Yes!
5. All the cool kids are doing it. Ha. No, really. Cloth diapering is going mainstream. No one is going to look at you askance when you pull out a super soft, super cute Watermelon-colored FuzziBunz instead of a crumply, chemical-smelling “Snuggies.” In fact, you’ll likely just get a lot of ooohs and ahhhs and “Where can I get me some of them hot-to-trot heiny hiders?”
So there you have it. Our Top 5. Don’t be scared — it’s smart, it’s easy, it’s cool. Switch!!!!!