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Eco-Friendly Diaper Options
When it comes to matters of the potty variety for your baby, it may not be as simple as putting a diaper on and calling it good. We are much more aware and in tune with the needs of baby and how that effects our earth, not to mention our pocket book and home life.
Today, 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the United States (that translates into more than 3.4 million tons of waste dumped into landfills). Another issue with disposable diapers is the number of trees that are cut down to make them. Two hundred fifty thousand trees are consumed every year to make disposable diapers for American babies. Not to mention the fact that disposable diapers are generally filled with fibers made from pine trees called cellulose. Cellulose draws the liquid into the center of the diaper away from the baby's bottom. This virgin paper pulp then goes straight from your baby into the landfills.
I have used cloth diapers with all three of my sons. I absolutely love them. This may seem a daunting task for many of you, but it actually is quite easy. I chose to use a diaper service. For me it just made sense. It cost less than disposables, used less water than washing them myself, and was more hygienic. It also saved time, and I was able to spend that extra time with my kids instead of the laundry load. Another plus for me (and many families that I know that use cloth diapers) is that all of my boys potty trained early and had no diaper rashes. My first two boys basically potty trained themselves by 22 months old. My second son was even night time trained by then. Maybe my third son will be earlier. I'm not out to set a record, it just happened naturally for them. And how great is it not to have to change another poopy diaper?
Here are some of my favorite diaper options and some reasons why you may want to try them.
- Cotton is clean, cool (its breathability is superior to any synthetic counterpart) and comfortable. You'll know when it needs to be changed because they don't contain chemicals that mask the wetness. This may be a contributing factor in why children may potty train earlier in cotton diapers; they are learning to recognize the signs of when they pee or poo.
- Cloth diaper delivery services provide a very convenient weekly delivery and pick-up to your door if you decide to not clean the diapers yourself. You don't even need to be home and it saves on water and money to use a service.
- It costs less than disposables if you are washing them yourself and line drying or using a service.
- Cloth diapering reduces the amount of material entering our landfills by not creating the mountains of waste generated by disposable diapers. It's an important part of the environmental motto of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."
No Diapers; Diaper Free
- This is a method of foregoing diapers completely using “elimination communication,” (infant potty training) using timing, signals and patterns. Parents enable their babies to use the potty instead of a diaper.
- The practice is embraced in dozens of countries around the world.
- No diapers means no diaper rashes and no diaper costs.
- Diapers are 100% biodegradable diapers (Made of materials that when broken down do not leave any harmful residues behind)
- They are flushable and compostable.
- They have an easy to use diaper cover with waterproof liner.
- 100% non-toxic, chlorine-free, sustainable, and plant-based materials
- Naturally biodegradable & pure plant-based PLA in the inner & outer sheet (NO petrochemicals/oil)
- Bio-based wheat / corn super-absorbent materials blended with reduced SAP gel
- Secure moisture barrier cuffs to prevent leakage or blowouts
Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Baby Diapers
- Seventh Generation uses only non-toxic ingredients that are safe for your baby, and safe for the environment.
- They are hypo-allergenic and made without latex or fragrance agents.
- The Chlorine Free Baby Wipes are free of artificial scents, alcohol, chlorine-bleach and any of the synthetic chemicals found in traditional wipes, so they don't irritate baby's skin.
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