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We would like to explain a few things about the magic of cloth diapers, especially for parents trying to decide what kind of diapers to use. The cloth diaper is a misunderstood product. There is so much misconception about cloth diapers that it scares many parents. So many websites, forums, and designs are available, it can be overwhelming. We have summarized the information we have gathered over the years in order to help you understand the full impact your choice will make.

Our parents and grandparents were raised with cloth diapers. They did not have a choice - those were all that existed. At the same time, washing machines and dryers were non-existent and laundry products were inefficient. Parents had to hand-wash and boil dirty diapers! The result? Babies then did not have diaper rash. They were also potty trained at an early age and you would not see a child entering pre-school or kindergarten wearing diapers. Then came a modern breakthrough: the invention of the disposable diaper. Suddenly, cloth diapers became unfashionable, something ”only for hippie moms!” as some used to say!!

What most parents don’t know about the toxicity of disposable diapers.

There are so many chemicals, including chlorine and perfume, in disposable diapers, dioxins that can quickly cause a rash. The chemical that was linked to toxic shock syndrome in tampons is still found in many disposable diaper brands. Some independent research in Germany even linked certain chemicals in disposable diapers to infertility in baby boys. Please check for yourself this BBC report.

ECO FACTS about reusable diapers

One child will use approximately 6,000 disposable diapers by the age of 24 months, resulting in one ton of rubbish. Disposable diapers take over 500 years to decompose, and no one is even sure if they ever fully break down. Parents are supposed to remove solids and flush them down the toilet, but this rarely happens. Instead the solids end up in landfills, the bacteria contaminating ground water and posing a threat to wildlife and the ecosystem. Not what one may think about when tossing a disposable diaper in the trash!

And this does not take into account the resources required to produce and distribute disposable diapers, as well as things like packaging, disposable wipes, and diaper pail. Some studies even try to convince parents that cloth diapers are more wasteful than disposables because you have to launder them. Nice try!!! Guess who financed those studies?!

On the other hand, a supply of just 24-36 cloth diapers will use very few resources and will result in little waste. Today’s washing machines are great at conserving water and energy and the laundry soaps are so efficient that you only need to use a small amount. Realistically one load of laundry uses the same amount of water as a few toilet flushes that your baby when a toddler would use daily.

Today’s parents buy for their babies organic food, organic cotton clothing, the best vitamins and toys . . . but when it comes to diapers it seems totally acceptable to let their little angels sit in rough plastic bags full of chemicals 24 hours a day for 2 years! Babies’ pores and skin are so fragile and new; they absorb everything. Some parents often find crystals on top of their babies' skin when opening disposable diapers.

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How can we knowingly be okay with this?

Now that you have a clearer picture of the situation, you will understand the full benefits of using cloth diapers. We are so happy to see cloth diapers go mainstream. Major retailers all over the world are now stocking them. They are here to stay and we are proud to be promoting and manufacturing these products.

The truth is: cloth diapers are WONDERFUL on so many levels. Forget the chemicals and the green facts, and simply consider:

  • The designs versatility of the many cloth diapers available today are brilliant and will suit every baby’s shape and parent’s needs.
  • They are so cute and will look darling on any little one’s bottom.
  • They are so comfortable with their soft liners.
  • Your baby will be rash-free and will sleep like an angel.
  • Your baby will potty train earlier.
  • They will save you a small fortune.
  • They are easy to use and to care for.
  • You will feel so proud using cloth diapers that you show off your baby’s bottom every chance you get.
  • You will reduce your family’s carbon footprint.
  • And, most importantly, they will make your baby healthy and happy always!