Every year there are 20 billion disposable diapers thrown away with each one taking about 500 years or more to decompose.

Every year there are 20 billion disposable diapers thrown away with each one taking about 500 years or more to decompose. Although there are pros and cons to wearing disposable and cloth diapers, reusable diapers have shown to be both better for the environment and just as effective for your baby.

Disposable diapers are the most convenient option, but they contain loads of harsh chemicals that are then absorbed into your baby’s skin. Nasty chemicals like sodium polyacrylate, dioxin, xylene and ethylbenzene all may be present in disposable diapers. Currently we don’t have the long term evidence to show how harmful these chemicals are for our children in the future, but we should still be just as mindful to avoid exposing our kids to carcinogens. If cloth diapers still aren’t for you, organic cotton diapers may be a better choice since they don’t contain these toxic pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Another option of a disposable diaper are biodegradable diapers which are much better for the environment and don’t contribute as greatly to the landfill.

If you are interested in making the switch to cloth diapers, here are some facts that might convince you. Cloth diapers don’t contain all the harmful chemicals that disposable diapers do, so that means there is a lesser chance of irritation. Cloth diapers have softer natural fibers and are more breathable which will significantly help to keep your baby’s bottom drier. When using disposable diapers, parents are more likely to change their kids less often because of how absorbent they are. When using cloth diapers, parents are more likely to change their kids more often and avoid diaper rash since your baby will feel the wetness. There used to be a stigma around cloth diapers and how they are challenging to use and not very convenient, but in today’s day and age these old problems are long gone. Now the design of cloth diapers is much better, they are either snap or velcro to close, they have fewer leaks, and you only have to purchase them once!

It can be hard to stray from the norm and make the switch to cloth diapers, which is why it is important to be informed on all of your options. Being the one to initiate the change only leads to others following your path. Becoming a sustainable parent can be very difficult to do, but even switching to organic cotton diapers if cloth doesn’t seem like a feasible option for you is still making a positive impact on the environment.

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