I sometimes wonder…if I had my children today (as opposed to 9 and 12 years ago), would I use cloth diapers?
With everything that we know about the harmful impact that disposable diapers have on the environment…would I still use them?
The untreated waste placed in landfills by dirty disposable diapers could contaminate groundwater…would I still use them?
An estimated 5 million tons of untreated waste and 2 billion tons of pee-pee; poo-poo, plastic and paper are added to landfills annually…would I still use them?
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It takes about 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees each year to manufacture the disposable diapers for just American babies…would I still use them?
The incidence of diaper rash is greater with disposable diapers than cloth since disposable diapers hold large quantities of urine…would I still use them?
I’m ashamed to say that I probably would still use them during the day and cloth at night (and I would offset my use of disposable diapers in other areas.) Why, you ask. With everything that we know about the aforementioned harmful effects to our environment. Well, here’s the truth: Convenience, convenience, convenience. I truly cannot imagine a worse scenario than being out and about with my children (or babies for this example) and having to find a potty where I can scrape the “waste” from the cloth diapers…have some sort of storage place for the soiled cloth diaper to keep with me for the rest of the day, etc…(imagine being on an airplane having to do all of that, yikes!) It’s hard enough for mothers on the go to have it together with the disposable diaper option (wipe, wipe the tushie and toss the diaper! Remember in the midst of all of this your baby may pee all over you and the fresh diaper that you’ve just laid out, thus you have to pull another diaper out…) I think that the cloth option is even more cumbersome. You may disagree, I’m just being honest. (Oh yes, how about the additional dirty laundry for the cloth diapers on top of the already mounting pile of laundry to be done???)
I’m feeling guilty and I am off to recycle my Diet Coke can.