Why Cloth?

Reusable cloth diapers are much more comfortable to wear! Soft and cozy all natural cotton blends and modern high-tech stay-dry micro-fleece wraps your baby in luxury. Sweet Pea Diapers are designed for very easy use utilizing durable quick snaps and body hugging elastics, plus they are easy to wash in the comfort of your own home.

Most of us already know reusable cloth diapers are the only choice if concerned about our environment. But did you know cloth is also better for your baby's health? Disposable diapers contain trace amounts of dioxin (a bleaching agent known to cause breast cancer) and emit harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC's) from their unnatural absorbing gels.

We, at Sweet Pea Diapers, have become passionate about the debate over cloth diapers vs. disposables. Cloth diapers are simply better for your baby and the environment. We also believe they are very easy to use, despite the misconception, eliminating any need to use single-use diapers. It's important to have the right cloth diapering system for you to maximize your success when using cloth.

Here are a couple of reasons why many customers choose to cloth diaper our babies:

Economical

In the first three months of your baby's life you will spend upwards of $400CAD on disposables as your little newborn goes through at least one diaper every two hours. For 23 Sweet Pea Diapers it costs $299CAD. So in three short months you've already seen a return in your cloth diapering investment.

After the three month mark, you will normally change your baby's diaper 8 times a day. On one child, you will spend well over $2500CAD using disposables, and that's if you potty train shortly after their 2nd birthday! Most toddlers who are using disposables potty train much later. Depending on which cloth diapering system you choose, you can spend as little as $320 and as much as $950, depending how many diapers per size you invest in. Plus, depending on how many diapers you have in your rotation (the more cloth diapers you have in your rotation, the longer each diaper will last) you will be able to use your cloth diapering investment for your next baby.

Bleached Paper

We don't want your babies wearing bleached paper against their delicate skin. Didn't seem very comfy to us! Plus, disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin which is an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals and is banned in most countries, except the USA and Canada. (1) Other chemicals were a worry too.  One study conducted by Anderson Laboratories in 1999 and published in the Archives of Environmental Health, found that disposable diapers do release chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and dipentene. All of these VOCs have been shown to have toxic health effects, such as cancer and brain damage, with long-term or high level exposure.

Fewer Rashes

Another reason was fewer rashes because with cloth diapers a parent can feel when the diaper is wet. They change their baby's diapers more often, allowing for more air circulation, which is needed to prevent rashes. Plus, most cloth diapers don't have all the irritants that single-use diapers have which have been known to be a problem for sensitive newborn skin.

Less Leaks

Babies wearing quality state-of-the-art cloth diapers (diapers with snaps and elastics) will experience much less leaking or blow-outs. We often hear from disposable users that they are frustrated their single-use diapers don't hold in messes very well and are doing extra laundry to clean their babies' sleepers and bodysuits. Might as well just do one extra load of cloth diapers every couple of days and save your babies clothes!

Reduced Adult Male Fertility

Another important study for us was one linking reduced adult male fertility after using single-use diapers when they were infants. In May 2000, the Archives of Disease in Childhood published research showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers. Pretty serious stuff to think about when parents are expecting a baby boy!

Environment

We also liked the idea of helping our environment as 18 billion disposable diapers are thrown in landfills each year, taking as many as 500 years to decompose. Disposable diapers make up the third largest source of solid waste in landfills, after newspapers and food and beverage containers, a significant fact, considering they are a single product, used by a limited portion of the population.(2) It takes upwards of 82,000 tons of plastic and 1.3 million tons of wood pulp, or a quarter-million trees, to manufacture the disposable diapers that cover the bottoms of 90 percent of the babies born in the US.(3) Plus, solid human waste is illegal in most landfills. Most disposable diapers have directions on their box instructing you to dump solid waste into the toilet, how many do this? Plus, buying your environment friendly cloth diapers from small fair-labour businesses help your local community too!

We feel that with the right cloth diapering system combined with the right home washing routine, any busy parent (it takes us only five minutes to fold and put away our cloth diapers, about the same amount of time as standing in line to pay for disposables) can cloth diaper their baby absolutely successfully, with less impact on our baby's health and our fragile environment. Cloth diapering that our grandparents used has evolved into a convenient and easy to use system. Perhaps more would do so if they questioned their automatic predisposition to disposable diapers...

1) Allsopp, Michelle. Achieving Zero Dioxin: An emergency strategy for dioxin elimination. September 1994. Greenpeace
2) EPA, "Positive Steps towards Waste Reduction," June 1989 
3) Rhode Island Solid Waste Management Corporation