The Diapering Dilemma

The Diapering Dilemma

When a baby arrives, parents must make a decision about their diapering choices. The market is flooded with numerous brands but the biggest choice is whether to use re-usable diapers (cloth) or disposables.

Today’s society, filled with busy schedules from work and extracurricular activities to commitments to other children, makes disposables a convenient solution.  However disposable diapers add immensely to landfill sites (in Canada, 4 million diapers per day), take hundreds of years to decompose, use toxic chemicals in manufacturing and some babies bottoms develop rashes and sores in reaction to the synthetic absorbency material. And it is more economical to use cloth diapers; “it will cost you upwards of $1500 to use throwaway diapers” from birth to when the child is toilet trained. Instead for cloth diapering “you could spend as little as $600.” And furthermore you are already diaper-equipped for any further babies.

I commend all parents who use re-usable diapers. For those who use disposables, perhaps using cloth diapers on the weekends or those days/nights that you are not so busy could be a beginning. For first time parents, time is often required to transition into cloth diapers until the baby grows a little and parents grow to be more comfortable with their little bundle. When choosing disposables, try to use ones that are chlorine-free, fragrance free and fully biodegradable/compostable.

Whichever you chose, always consider your baby’s health first. Remember what’s healthy for your baby is also healthy for the planet.


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