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Why Cloth


									Why Cloth?

Well, that is a good question. Why would anyone want to give up the convenience of disposables for a (presumed)
less convenient diaper system?

For us, money and the environment were two factors motivating our switch to cloth. However, there is a third very real
aspect to also consider (one that was very important to us) - the chemicals in a conventional disposable diaper. We
don't believe it is just coincidence that our son's diaper rash completely disappears upon switching to cloth, whereas
he had had it constantly with disposables.

The Money

Let's talk money. Various estimates put the cost of disposable diapers, for one child, somewhere between $1,500 and
$2,500. (1 - 3) This number is staggering, but most people consider disposables to be just a part of having a baby,
and budget accordingly. Now imagine if you could diaper your baby for less than a third of the cost of disposables.
And then imagine you could reuse these diapers for your next child(ren). The cost savings is staggering.

I think where people get the most shell-shocked is the upfront cost of cloth diapering. Why invest $300-$600 into cloth
diapers when you can buy a pack of disposables for under $20? Does this question ring true to you? (One note -
notice my phrasing in the last sentence - 'invest.' Cloth diapers are just that, an investment, not only economically, but
also in the health of both your child and the environment.) If you have browsed through our shop I am sure you have
noticed there are diapers covering all price ranges.

If you choose to buy prefolds with covers you could diaper your child(ren) for as little as $200. If you chose to use
diapers such as Pockets, All-In-Twos or All-In-Ones you will notice the cost of cloth diapering jumps (remember, we
live in the age of convenience and even cloth diapering has not escaped its reaches - the price you pay is essentially
indicative of the level of 'skill' required to use the diaper).

Here is another way to approach it: think of cloth diapering as buying a house. A two-bedroom, one bath will suit your
family just fine. But sometimes it is nice to have that second bathroom, office space or additional square footage. Buy
what suits both your family's needs and budget the best. And do not think you are locked in to a diaper once you
have purchased it. Just like you can eventually build a shed or remodel that kitchen, you can modify your diapers to fit
your needs. For, as I mentioned earlier, cloth diapering is an investment. There is a booming resale market for cloth
                                                                                 diapers. Depending on wear and tear, I
                                                                                 estimate most families can recoup
                                                                                 anywhere from 25% to 70% of their
                                                                                 upfront diapering costs. How many
                                                                                 disposable users can say the same?

                                                                                 The Environment

                                                                                 In addition to the money you save with
                                                                                 cloth, consider the landfill space you
                                                                                 will save not contributing roughly 6,000
                                                                                 diapers (again, per child!) to these
                                                                                 earthly time capsules. No one yet fully
                                                                                 knows how long it takes a disposable
                                                                                 diaper to compose, but the estimates
                                                                                 range from 250 to 500 years. (4)

                                                                                 With the recent oil spill, consider this -
                                                                                 'Nearly 3.5 billion gallons of oil are
                                                                                 used to produce the 18 billion
                                                                                 throwaway diapers that Americans
                                                                                 toss each year. To put that in
                                                                                 perspective, that's more than the
                                                                                 amount of crude we import annually
                                                                                 from Kuwait.' If that number does not
                                                                                 scare you - did you know that it takes
at least 2/3 cup of oil to make just one disposable diaper? (5)

The Health of Baby

Finally, consider the contents of a typical disposable diaper - among other things - Dioxin (a carcinogenic chemical
banned in most countries and listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-causing chemicals) and Tributyl-tin (a
toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems). Finally, sitting in a plastic diaper has been known to raise the
scrotal temperatures in boys and 'prolonged use of disposable diapers will blunt or completely abolish the
physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for spermatogenesis' (similar to warnings against prolonged
laptop computers on laps of young men or prolonged hot tub exposure). (6)

In addition to these three main factors, there are also other reasons to choose cloth - potty training is usually easier
and happens sooner, cloth diapers are so darn cute and last but not least - no more late-night trips to buy diapers at
the convenience store!

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                                                     Traci Sherman



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