Sunday, June 5, 2011

Disposable Diapers Are Better Then Cloth Diapers

Or so someone recently said. This was his reasoning:

*Note, I didn't correct spelling or grammer

1) You do not have to wash disposable diapers.
2) You can save on water and time use to wash cloth diapers.
3) Time will be better spend doing anything else than to wash cloth diapers.
4) You do not have to change your baby clothing because they seldom get wet if they wear disposable diapers.
5) You do not have to worry about getting yourself wet when you carry your baby.
6) You do not have to bring wet cloth diapers back home to wash if you baby wet himself outside. Disposable diapers are more convenience to use when traveling.
7) There is something call diaper rash cream to prevent and heal diaper rash.
8) Large safety pins are dangerous.
9) Double or triple layers cloth diapers are hot for the butts.
10) Disposable diapers leak less.
11) Day care or childcare center do not want to deal with cloth diapers.

I respectfully disagree:

1. You don't have to wash disposable diapers however they are consuming much of our natural resources. Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR. Not to mention that at least 1/3C of crude oil goes into one disposable diaper.

2. Cloth diapers today rarely leak, ours are known for not leaking even after extended use.

3. An extra 2 loads of laundry a week equals less water used then a potty trained child flushing the toilet 5 times a day.

4. When you make the decision to become a parent you are also making a decision to dedicate time to raise your child. Changing and laundering diapers are a part of that.

5. You don't have to change the baby with cloth either.

6. You do have to bring wet diapers home, I'll give you that one. I do travel with cloth diapers and it's not an issue.

7. Diaper rash cream has it's purpose but why put extra chemicals on babies skin when the issue was most likely caused by chemicals on babies skin.

8. Cloth diapers today do not use safety pins, they are available with an aplix closure, snap closure or a snappy which is a plastic doohickie that fastens diapers.

9. Babies sweat more with disposable diapers because the plastic outer heats up the entire diaper. Depends on the type but generally cloth diapers are far more breathable.

10. That's completely untrue and redundant.

11. That is not true of all day cares, some will only take cloth.


Liz Amason said...

Great rebuttal!

My earthy momma odyssey said...

Thank you Liz :)

MommaWhipps said...

LOVE the rebuttal! I think someone needs to see the temperature study that i saw a little while back, inside a sposie in the summer time they said it's up to like 110 degrees inside! and as low as like 80 something with certain types of cloth