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Monday, May 11, 2009

CLOTH Diapers V.S. DISPOSABLE Diapers

Being a parent in today's day and age, it is so hard to find the right kind of diaper for your child in this competitive market! So many options...

My husband and I weren't sure if we should use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. We thought, using disposable diapers just fills up the landfill, and statistics say we dispose 18 billion diapers a year! The plastic liners do not biodegrade, therefore just fills up the landfills. It is a very scary thought. But... if you use cloth diapers you're using a lot of electricity and water to clean/reuse the diapers. Which is better? It has been a very difficult topic / decision for us. Below are the GREEN options we considered. Perhaps, it may be some information you already know, but this is what we were able to find.
  • CLOTH DIAPERS

    There are many different companies and brands that make different cloth diapers. It is quite a big market and you can choose many. One brand we found that we almost used was called Bumkins. They are Made in the USA and are 100% American materials & manufacturing. They are Free of Vinyl, PVC, Phthalates, & BPA. Not to mention, they have a different variety of cloth diapers. All in ones, Contour Diapers, Bamboo Diapers, Flat Cloth Diapers, Diaper Covers (for when your babies/toddlers goes swimming). They are absolutely stylish and adorable! Bumkins also has many other accessories such as bibs, washcloths, towels, organic items, & more!

    Gerber also makes organic flat cloth diapers. I hear the absorbency is very good for a cloth diaper, and people have used them for burp cloths instead of diapers...

    There are other companies too... I will list some of them, but I have not done thorough research yet on these brands since they are fairly newer. (i.e. - Kushies, FuzziBunz, Happy Heiny's, bumGenius)

  • HYBRID DIAPERS
    (Our Son in the BROWN gDiaper)

    There are hybrid diapers out there! Now, my husband and I do use these with our son. They are called gDiapers. We absolutely love them because the diapers are cloth & very cute, and the disposable liners you put inside are plastic free, biodegradable, & flushable! There is the diaper cover which is made of cotton, then a plastic liner holder that snaps inside the diaper cover, and inside that liner holder, you lay your disposable liner. The disposable liners are very absorbent and are great quality. You can put your wet liners in your compost bins or boxes and they will biodegrade, or... just flush them! The liners will not fill up the landfill, but you will need to wash your liner holders and the diaper covers time to time. But... the washes will not be as frequent since you will not be soiling the whole diaper every time your baby does their duty. They have starter kits that include all the instructions, and they come in size Small, Medium, or Large. Check them out...


    Kushies also makes flushable and biodegradable liners, but have not used them myself. However, it is still viable "GREEN" option! They say you can line them in your cloth diapers and even in your disposable diapers.

  • DISPOSABLE DIAPERS

    SEVENTH GENERATION is a wonderful company that makes eco-friendly products. Their diapers are great! We have actually used these, and they have a cloth like feel, instead of like some of the conventional disposable diapers. They are Chlorine Free, Hypoallergenic, & Fragrance and latex free. They are Made in the USA. They come in Size 0 to 6. They also have training pants as well. Have not used the training pants yet, but I probably will in the near future!

    Earth's Best has been around for a long time. They make a variety of baby products, even food. My husband and I have actually used these diapers and still do. They have the best absorbency. We use these on our son during the night since it has wonderful absorbency and keeps our baby dry longer. They are Chlorine Free, Latex & Dye Free, Contain Natural absorbency materials (corn and wheat), and they are made with Renewable resources and fewer petro chemicals. These diapers are Made in the USA as well.


    Nature Babycare is one of the best and award winning brands that make baby products. They have especially won numerous awards for their diapers. These diapers are also 100% chlorine free,non oil based, and made from renewable materials. Nature babycare products are based on natural and renewable materials instead of plastic, therefore the diapers have a soft and cloth-like feel.

    Why is CHLORINE FREE important? It doesn't contribute to the dioxin pollution and also helps avoid diaper rash.

    These are our findings, when we did our research. We definitely recommend doing your own research and see what works best for you and your family.

4 comments:

Lyndsey said...

What a great post! We use Bumgenius AIOs for night diapers and then prefolds with a diaper cover during the day. We practice EC part-time, so the prefolds work great for us. If we didn't though, I'd have a WAY bigger diaper stash! They're so addicting!

Alexandra, The Techy Mom said...

Wow! These have come a long way since my kids were in diapers. Wish I would have read this 6 years ago. Great post.

Alicia said...

I wish the had these when my babies were in diapers!!

I had a quick question...did you see my blog link on the Nielsen list???

jeff9 said...

The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Hand Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use at the same time as you benefit from using it on the diapers, by using it on yourself. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off" Available at http://www.bathroomsprayers.com they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won't know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we're talking green and helping the environment without any pain. One review: http://jonathanandandrea.blogspot.com/2009/04/spray-it-or-scrub-it.html

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