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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cloth Diaper Wipes: 4 great reasons to make the switch

Cloth Diaper Wipes are the Perfect Partner to Cloth Diapers

You'll love using cloth diaper wipes for all the reasons you love your cloth diapers! They're softer on your babies skin, chemical free and will save you money! Need more reasons to make the switch to cloth diaper wipes? Keep reading!

Cloth Diaper Wipes are Softer on your babies skin!

Cloth diaper wipes are made out of soft flannel, fuzzy velour, luxurious sherpa and looped terry.

Cloth diaper wipes pamper your child's tender skin. Disposable wipes can be rough, and are made from plastic pellets and chemicals!

Cloth diaper wipes are also perfect for cleaning up those messy faces, runny noses and sticky fingers! Nothing is too messy for cloth diaper wipes to clean up!

Cloth diaper wipes come in several sizes: 5X7's are the perfect fit for your wipes warmer or recycled disposables box. The larger 8X8 size just needs to be folded in half to fit, but handles bigger messes! Just fill your old disposables box, wipes warmer or even an old margarine container with wipes and add some water or wipes solution, and you're ready to go!

Cloth Diaper Wipes are Easy to use

It is easier to use cloth diaper wipes with cloth diapers than to use disposable wipes. Simply wet your cloth wipe with plain water or cloth wipe solution for a comfortable, effective way to clean up. What do you do with them after they are soiled? Just toss them into the diaper pail with the dirty diaper. No more sorting through that dirty diaper to throw disposable wipes in the garbage! Wash your cloth wipes with your cloth diapers. Cloth diaper wipes will fit in your recycled disposable wipe container, recycled margarine container, or even Tupperware. Cant find a container? No problem! You can also wet your wipes as you need them.

Cloth Diaper Wipes Save you Money

Not only are cloth diaper wipes soft and easy to use, you'll save money by switching from disposable to cloth! When you throw away disposable wipes, you're throwing away your money. Many

families spend over $100.00/month on disposables and wipes! Many disposable wipes are so thin that you need to use two or three at a time - more money being thrown away. Cloth diaper wipes are washed and reused to save money, and will usually last through more than one child. Thick enough to handle the messiest of cloth diaper changes, cloth diaper wipes remain soft wash after wash.

Cloth Diaper Wipes are Chemical Free

Cloth diaper wipes are better for your child's delicate skin than disposable wipes! Cloth diaper wipes are made from natural hemp, cotton and bamboo, and only have the ingredients you add to them. Disposable wipes contain chemical ingredients such as preservatives, surfactants, artificial fragrance and parabens. And those cloth like fibres are actually melted plastic pellets! To learn more about the chemicals that go into them and how disposable wipes are made check out e-notes.

A note about home made wipes solutions and recipes:

You need to use caution when home made wipes solutions call for commercial products (like baby wash or shampoo). Shampoo and Baby Wash manufacturers are not required to list every ingredient contained in their product(s). Unfortunately, many commercial products do leave out the fact that their shampoo or baby wash contains phthalates (as surfactants). Which have the potential to cause reproductive problems/cancers and can be quite toxic. It is highly recommended that you check the ingredients list on any product you intend to use on your little ones delicate skin and research those ingredients.

Stay tuned to our next entry on wipe solutions to buy and home made recipes!

Want to win a wipes variety pack from Natural Parenting Shop?
How to enter: Become a follower of this blog (mandatory to win) then visit Baby's Bottom Line, Natural Parenting Shop or Moms and Bums and tell me what one other item you would purchase besides wipes and why. (you can tell us one item from each site for 3 separate entries).
Entrance Guidelines

-Please, be sure to leave us a way to contact you. You can be logged into your email account when you post your comment for us to be able to contact you if you win (that is with the option called OpenID). If you have a blog, be sure to be logged into the account linked to your blog for an easier way to contact you.

You can also add your email to your comments (ie. info(at)naturalparentingshop(dot)com).
-This contest runs until Friday August 20, 2010 @ 11:59pm EST.
-Winners are chosen using random.org, and notified on Saturday July 24th, winners name will also be posted on Blog and Facebook
-Winners have 7 days from contest end to claim their prize.
-Participation is open to cloth diaper users in CANADA ONLY!
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Contest closed:

winners #70 & 75

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Why Use Reusables?


The reasons to use reusable or cloth diapers are many. This blog post will outline a few of the reasons many families are making the choice to ditch disposable diapers and use reusables.

No matter what you believe regarding the environmental impact of cloth versus disposable diapers, you need to understand that VOLUME is a huge part of the equation. How many disposable diapers would you estimate a baby will go through before he or she potty learns? Let’s start counting….300 in the first month…..250-300 in the second month….all added up for a total of 5000-7000 diapers tossed into the trash! That is a huge amount of garbage! Imagine piling 300 dirty disposables next to your newborn the first month of their life, then another 300 the next month and keep going. Because it is so easy to simply drop a disposable in the garbage and not think about it any further, the cumulative impact of throwing away diapers can be elusive for some parents considering how to diaper their baby. Compare those 5000-7000 disposables with the 30-80 reusable diapers a baby will require, depending on the system being used. That is potentially 6970 fewer diapers to be manufactured, packaged, shipped, etc.!

Over four MILLION disposable diapers are discarded in Canada each day!

The effluents from manufacturing the plastic, pulp and bleached paper for disposable diapers are damaging to the environment. 2.4 million trees in Canada and one billion trees world-wide are used per year to manufacture disposable diapers. In Canada, the manufacture of disposable diapers consumes over 65,500 tonnes of plastic each year.

Most parents using disposable diapers do not dispose of solid waste properly by dumping them into the toilet. The untreated waste placed in landfills by dirty disposable diapers risks contaminating ground water.

Babies have diapers in contact with delicate areas 24 hours a day. Many parents have concerns about chemical exposure from exposure to disposable diapers. A diaper has more prolonged contact with your baby’s skin than anything else in their wardrobe or environment. The fluffy part of disposables is a pulp which is produced by chemically treating wood fibres. The pulp is whitened and softened when it is exposed to either chlorine-based or other bleaching agents. The waterproof part of throw-away diapers is made out of plastic. Disposable diapers are absorbent because they contain tiny beads of a substance called sodium polyacrylate. This chemical turns into gel-like crystals when wet. No long term research has been conducted to study the effect of this chemical on young children. Disposable diapers may also contain dioxins, pthalates, petrolatum, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, inks, perfumes, polyurethane and adhesives. Do you REALLY want any of these chemicals touching your baby's skin?

Purchase and launder your own cloth diapers and save hundreds or thousands of dollars compared to using disposables or a diaper service. When your child has potty learned, you will have diapers left to sell or to use for your next baby. It is possible, using a cloth diapering system of flats or prefolds and covers, to cloth diaper a baby for under $300 total, through to potty learning.

Diapering System
Cost
Notes
Prefolds & Covers
$300-500
Laundering diapers costs
less than a dollar per load
One-Size Pockets
$575
24 diapers total
Sized All-in-Ones
$1200
24 small, 20 medium,
16 large
Diaper Service (average cost)
$2800
*assumes potty learning
at age 2.5
Disposables
$2200 or more
*assumes potty learning
at age 2.5

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