8 Benefits of Cloth Diapers

When it comes to your child, you have likely heard endless recommendations and suggestions as to how to raise them properly. There are so many parenting topics that get debated on a regular basis, and one of them is deciding which type of diapers to use. While it’s totally up to the parent to decide which is best, here’s why you may want to choose cloth diapers:

1. Savings

The savings are obvious and undeniable when it comes to cloth diapering over having to continue buying new disposable ones as needed. On average, your family will save about $2,500 per child using cloth diapers over disposables.

2. Eco-Friendly 

Are you a typically eco-conscious person? Well, is you opt to go with disposables, you’re producing around a full ton of waste that will simply be transported to your local landfill. Cloth diapering is the clear eco-friendly option.

3. No Irritation

Most of the time, diaper rashes are caused by the fabric or materials used in disposable diapers. These diapers can contain sodium polyacralate (the shiny crystals in the diaper), which is an irritant to your child’s delicate skin. Cloth diapers are a lot gentler.

4. Avoid Asthma

Did you know that using cloth over disposable diapers can actually reduce your babies chances of getting asthma? The Archives of Environmental Health ran a study that concluded the emissions from one disposable diaper were high enough to produce asthma-like symptoms in mice!

5. Potty Training

Using cloth diapers will help to facilitate quicker potty training when that time comes for your child. During potty training, children who have been in cloth will recognize sooner when they are wet vs. a baby in disposable diapers.

6. Carbon Footprint 

Your family is reducing their carbon footprint by using cloth diapers as well. The manufacturing of disposables takes over 1 million metric tons of wood pulp and 75,000+ metric tons of plastic each year.

7. All Natural 

There are so many great options for cloth diapers that are made up of all-natural, organic materials. These are the type of products that you want to use for the new, sensitive skin of your little one. Disposables have so many unnecessary chemicals and ingredients that your child shouldn’t come in contact with.

8. Cute Factor 

Part of the fun of having a new child is obviously all the adorable outfits and apparel choices. With cloth diapering, you can even get cute with these too! Since you’ll likely be using these diapers for a long time, feel free to seek out your favorite designs and prints to make sure your child is looking good!

Also read: 8 Mistakes Parents Make with Cloth Diapers

Written by Stephanie Parker from SleepingBaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

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