Top 10 Reasons to Use Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers vs Disposable Diapers

Northern Colorado Best Cloth DiapersAre you considering cloth diapers?  Cloth diapers today are vastly different from the pins and plastic pants that they used to be.  They are easy, cute and lots of fun.  If you are considering cloth, it is never too late to switch and you will be glad you did.  Are you looking for a reason to switch to cloth diapers, well….here are the Top Ten Reasons to Use Cloth Diapers.

1. BETTER for BABY – Cloth is definitely more comfortable for your baby.  It is more breathable, does not trap heat like disposables, and causes less diaper rash.  The health benefits for baby are huge too.  Disposable diapers contain polyacrylate gel which is the tiny clear beads that you see in disposable diapers.  This gel was banned from tampons due to its link with Toxic Shock Syndrome, but is still allowed in diapers.  No thank you!  Dioxins, known carcinogens,  are used as part of the chemical bleaching process in disposable diaper manufacturing  –  even though this substance is banned in most industrialized countries except the United States!  Another chemical in disposables, TBT or Tributyl-tin, is not only dangerous to the environment but also linked to hormonal problems.   These chemicals are potentially in contact with your baby’s skin 24 hours a day, and cloth is a great solution to avoid this.

2. BETTER for the BUDGET – You will save money by using cloth diapers.  On average, a family will spend at least $2000 on disposable diapers per child as a conservative estimate.  However, cloth diapers will cost from $150 to $500 depending on how many and what type you decide to purchase.  That is a savings of at least $1500 and when you consider that you can use cloth diapers on multiple children the cost savings only increases.  That is money that mom and dad can use for other fun things….like trips to the spa, or vacations, or date nights…..

Northern Colorado Best Cloth Diapers3. BETTER for the EARTH – An average baby will use between 6000 and 10000 disposable diapers before he or she is potty trained and those diapers have been shown to last at least 500 years in a landfill, although many suspect they will never decompose.  That is a huge environmental impact.  Even when you consider the manufacturing and washing of cloth diapers, they are much better for the earth.  The manufacturing of cloth diapers uses primarily natural and sustainable fibers such as cotton and hemp, while disposable diapers are made of wood pulp and plastics.

4. CLOTH IS EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK – First of all, it is not as messy as you might imagine.  The amount of time to change a diaper is the same.  It takes way less time to start a load of laundry than it does to get a baby ready and out the door to go buy a package of diapers.  Modern cloth diapers are not anything like the ones of days past and changing them can be just as convenient as changing a disposable diaper.  Also, the accessories that are available to go with cloth diapers, such as diaper sprayers and wet bags make it even easier.

5. EARLIER POTTY TRAINING – This is a clear advantage to using cloth diapers as no parent has ever said, “I wish I could change more diapers”.  In general, kids who are diapered in cloth potty train as early as 18 months, whereas those in disposable usually potty train closer to 30 months old.  In fact, there is an article from the New York Times that reported that in 1957, before disposable diapers were invented,  92% of 18 month olds were potty trained.  Since disposable diapers became more widespread, only 60% of kids are potty trained by 36 months.

6. SMELLS BETTER – Cloth diapers do not smell any worse than disposable diapers and in fact may smell better.  Cloth diapers are washed regularly and do not sit in a trash can until the trash man comes once a week.  Furthermore, you can always tell when a disposable diaper is full of urine as it has a very distinct urine mixed with chemicals smell.  This is not something that happens with cloth.  There are great products available to minimize odor but most people will tell you it is just not a problem with cloth diapers.

Northern Colorado Cloth Diapers7. CONVENIENT– With cloth, you will never run out of diapers and make a mad dash to the store to buy more.   Clean diapers are just a load of laundry away.  On the rare occasion when I have been away from home and in need of a cloth diaper I have been able to use a t-shirt, cloth grocery bag or baby blanket.  Not only that, but cloth diapers are more reliable.  The infamous blow out story is a rarity for those who use cloth diapers.  When a cloth diaper fits correctly leaks are rare and cloth contains the mess that disposables are unable too.

8. CLOTH DIAPERS ARE FUN– It can be a great conversation starter, a way to meet other parents with similar parenting styles, and a great way to connect with a well established and supportive online community.  It is fun to try different styles and types of diapers to see what works best and choosing the cloth diapers for your baby is just as fun as choosing the nursery décor or cute clothing items.

9. RESUABLE – Not only do you save money when you use cloth diapers for a first baby, but imagine the cost savings for subsequent babies when you reuse your diapers.  Many people sell their cloth diapers once they are finished and are able to recoup some of the original cost.  Once a cloth diaper has reached the end of its lifecycle it can be used as a cleaning rag and those that are made of natural fibers can ultimately be composted.  Reusing diapers sets a great example for your children who learn from imitation.

10. DON’T BE PART OF THE CROWD –  By using cloth, you are going against the trend to use disposable diapers.  You don’t have to use disposables just because “everyone else does.”   You can show other moms just how fun and easy it can be and once they learn, many want to join in.  When I first started using cloth diapers, everyone told me that I would quickly switch back to disposables.  Not only do I love using them, I want to show other moms how great they are.

I hope this information inspires you to use cloth diapers for your new baby or make the switch for your older child.  It is never too late to start!   If you have questions, need help, or live in Fort Collins, Longmont, Greeley or Northern Colorado and want to meet in person, I would love to share my experience.

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Northern Colorado Resources

There are many recources for families with young children in the Northern Colorado/Front Range area.  We hope this list, although incomplete may be of help to you

 

BREASTFEEDING ASSISTANCE/SUPPORT

La Leche League: works to futher their mission of helping mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

The Stork Store  provides a range of childbirth education, breastfeeding, infant care classes and mommy and me classes.  They also carry breast pumps for purchase or rental as well as a selection of nursing bras, nursing covers and other breastfeeding supplies.

DIAPER ASSISTANCE

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is a non-profit organization that provides education, support and cloth diapers to low income families in the continental United States.

DOULAS
Sarah Boccolucci Photographer and Birth Doula is ocated in Berthoud & serving Northern Colorado with birth photography & doula services

MIDWIFERY

Mountain Midwifery Center of Colorado provides a full range of midwifery services for clients in the Denver Metro Area, the front range, across Colorado and even further locales.  It truely is Colorado’s only freestanding, accredited birth center.

NUTRITION

Baby Food Doctor  works to spread good quality, evidence based information on healthy eating habits for babies as well as children’s nutrition from conception, through the toddler years.

Colorado Center of Health and Nutrition is the Fort Collins nutrition leader in holistic women’s health and kid’s nutrition for the Northern Colorado area.

PARENTING

Colorado Bright Beginnings is empowering parents with the guidance, knowledge and tools to create a bright beginning for their child.

NoCo Tots is dedicated to making lives easier for parents.  Join them for playgroups, fun activities and events around town.

Northern Colorado Parents of Multiples Club is a support group for families with twins, triplets & more in the Northern Colorado & Southern Wyoming areas and a proud sponsor of the Grow With Me Kids Sale!

PHOTOGRAPHY

Sarah Boccolucci Photographer and Birth Doula is located in Berthoud & serving Northern Colorado with birth photography & doula services.

 

If you are interested having your information added to this page, or would like to update your listing, please contact us via email.

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Giving Diapers, Giving Hope Fundraiser

In April 2010, Giving Diapers, Giving Hope was started by Kristen McCarthy and Emily Glover as a local cloth diaper lending foundation for Gloucester, MA.  Within weeks of beginning their local service, GDGH’s Facebook page and email inbox were full of inquiries from parents across the country.  To meet this need, Kristen and Emily decided to expand and accept applications from families throughout the United States.   Over the last 10 months, Giving Diapers, Giving Hope has already managed to help over 70 families cloth diaper their babies.

Because Giving Diapers, Giving Hope expanded so rapidly to meet the needs of families they are still working to obtain enough funding to file for their 501 c3.  A 501 c3 is needed to become a recognized Non- Profit and will further their ability to help lend free cloth diapers to families in need.

In addition to filing for the 501 c3 Giving Diapers, Giving Hope will use funds raised to purchase office supplies such as business cards and letterheads, packaging materials, and buy supplies needed to repair donated diapers that need them.

To make it happen a fundraiser campaign was planned by Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry.  The Fundraiser involves two parts:  the first is a kickoff Twitter Party.  January 25 at 9 PM EST join @KimRosas, @GivingDiapers, and friends and tweet using the #GivingHOPE hashtag.  There will be prizes given during the party but to be eligible you must RSVP on Kim’s website.  Some prizes include gift certificates to Abby’s Lane and Kelly’s Closet, 6 Diaper Rite Pockets from Diaper Junction, 8 CJ’s BUTTer’s from Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique, a Prize Pack of all natural, vegan balms from “THE” Balm, a One Size Gro Via, Thirsties Duo Diaper, GroVia Magic Stick and GroVia disposable Biosoaker inserts from Jack Be Natural and more!  But this is just the TIP of the iceberg.

On January 25 the Facebook Fundraising Campaign will also open.  With over $1,700 worth of prizes you do not want to miss out!  All prizes can be viewed easily on the Fundraiser Announcement post.  There are prize packs from The NOW Family (ARV $124), Orange Diaper Co (ARV $100.00), Tushie Ties Tie on Prefolds ( ARV $90.00), a $100.00 Gift Certificate to Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique, a BabyKicks Prize Pack (ARV $78.00), an Oeko Popo Prize Pack (ARV $84.00), a “Try Cloth Diapers” Prize pack from Go Green Baby Shop (ARV $70), a GroVia and more Prize Pack from Jack Be Natural, an Accessory Prize Pack from Abby’s Lane (ARV $75.00), another Accessories Prize pack from Modern Cloth ($ARV $80.00), an Incredibum Package (ARV $100.00),  “The” BALM! Package (ARV $75.00), a Thirsties package with 3 new DUO AIO’s and more (ARV $75.00), 2 bumGenius Freetimes donated by All About Cloth Diapers, and much, much much more!  Whew!  All of the prizes are listed on the Dirty Diaper Laundry Facebook Page and the contest will open first thing in the morning on January 25 and ends midnight on February 14.  To enter just like the sponsor’s pages using the easy to use Rafflecopter widget.  You don’t have to like every page but you must like the sponsor’s page to win their prize.

It should be noted that every sponsor you see listed has generously given a monetary donation to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope so please, please show them your appreciation and support!

How can you help?  Just spread the word to all of your cloth diapering friends!  Share the giveaway on your Facebook, Twitter, Message Boards, or by carrier pigeon to your buddy on a deserted island.

If you want to do more to help out a worthy cause you can, and you even get more entries into the giveaway!  If you donate any amount, anything, you get 25 extra entries.  Send a donation to givingdiapersgivinghope@gmail.com via Paypal then choose the Donation option in the giveaway.  By donating any amount you increase your chances to win one of these amazing prizes!

I hope you will join me in supporting this organization I believe so much in.  This Fundraiser will help them continue operating for the rest of the year.

To learn more about Giving Diapers, Giving Hope you can visit them on their website: http://givingdiapersgivinghope.org, or their Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/givingdiapersgivinghopefoundation.

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New Beginnings!

The holiday season can be a time for fresh starts and grand adventures.  Along that note we would like to welcome you to the new and improved Go Green Baby Co. website!  If it has been awhile since you have heard from us it is because we have been hard at work.   We are excited that our new website will provide our great customers with an easier and more straightforward shopping
experience and we are thrilled about the new products we have added and arecontinuing to add.  We will soon be carrying the Nifty Nappy brand, and starting up a Newborn Cloth Diaper Rentalprogram with the Nifty Nappy Bitty Bum Diapers which are absolutely perfect for newborns.  We are finalizing the details of a “Green Bucks” rewards program where all our customers can earn free diapers and products and will soon be starting an Affiliate Program and Refer-A-Friend program so you have the opportunity to earn even more free fluff.

Despite the new look we will continue to strive for the best in customer service and to bring you the best products for cloth diapering and natural parenting.  All of our products are personally tested by our family and we will not sell anything that we would not use ourselves.

We hope for this blog will become a place for conversations, learning, and sharing with each other.  If you would like to be a guest blogger we would love to hear from you.  If you have questions or a blog topic to suggest, we would love to hear from you too!  Feel free to email us at gogreenbabyco@gmail.com anytime.

So thank you for your patience with us during this transition and here is to new beginnings!!!

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