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6 Tips for Talking to Friends and Family about Switching to Cloth Diapers

Before disposable diapers existed, everyone used cloth diapers for their babies! Now, bring up using cloth diapers and you might be starting a hot debate.

So, you know cloth diapers are great and actually not that gross. How do you talk to your friend and family about the awesomeness that is using cloth diapers?

Here are 6 tips of what to say when talking to friends and family about switching to cloth diapers.

What You Can Say About Cloth Diapers

  1. You’ll save (lots) of money!
    On average, the American household spends $2,000 on disposable diapers, but purchasing quality cloth diapers will cost on average $300.
  2. You’re helping the earth!
    Disposable baby diapers make up 3.4 million tons of waste that ends up in landfills. Yikes! Cloth diapers will probably result in more loads of laundry, but you’re keeping gunk out of the already large landfills.
  3. Cloth diapers are CUTE!
    You can buy the cutest cloth diapers. Just look at this… it’s so cute. You can choose fun colors and patterns!
  4. There are traces of chemicals in disposable diapers!
    Disposable diapers may contain
    traces of Dioxin, Tributyl-tin, and a type of super absorbent polymer.
  5. It’s really not that gross!
    Ok, it’s a little gross. (It’s poop!) You just need to shake off the diaper and liner in the toilet and toss it in a lined, sealed container.  Then, when it’s time to do the wash, you just toss it in the washer to clean. Not really that bad. If you’re out and about you just need a sealable bag to throw in your diaper bag.
  6. You never have to worry about running out of diapers!
    You don’t have to worry about buying diapers all the time and making sure you have enough. Sure, you might run out of diapers when you’re running around, but that could happen if you use disposables, too!
The Cloth Diapers Debate
Woo! Hopefully, you’ve convinced your friend or family member to use cloth diapers. Or, maybe you haven’t… using cloth diapers just isn’t for everyone!

Even if you convinced your friend or family member to try cloth diapers, that’s great. Some people even do a mix or cloth and disposable.

Bio: Shelly Weisheipl is a midwife at the Kaldas Center

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