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Green Parenting Ideas: Cloth Diapers

Do the math. Five or six diaper changes a day for an infant, seven days a week equals more than two thousand diapers in baby'??s first year. That'??s a lot of space clogging up the landfills. Cloth diapers are easier than ever to use and cuter than ever to look at. Momtrends has a few thoughts on the matter.

I do regret my addiction to disposable diapers. And if I have a third, I think I would go the cloth way. Why? Here are some facts to consider. According to a non-profit group the Real Diaper Association:

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  • Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.
  • No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years.
  • Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.
  • The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.

The numbers are growing. And the blogs devoted to the subject prove it. If you need tips for cloth diapering head to Heather at the Estimates on blogs suggest cloth diapers can also save families hundreds of dollars a year compared to disposables. Want to give it a whirl? Here are some brands to consider (many offer starter kits for newbies):

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G Diaper: gDiapers are breathable diapers with a reusable cover called the "gpants". Available with plastic-free biodegradable gRefills or cloth inserts.
Bum Genius: Pick from organic, cotton or bamboo--there is a diaper for you and moms swear by the fit. Using the snaps on the front of the diaper, adjust the size if needed, put the diaper on your baby, wash, dry and re-use. No stuffing or cover required.
Bambino Mio: System uses a biodegradable liner, nappy (the cloth part that absorbs) and a cover. The nappy can be separated from the cover so that there is no need to change the cover with every nappy change, simply place a fresh nappy inside the cover and fasten back onto your baby.

Green Parenting Tips is a new weekly feature brought to you by Momtrends and makers of Nappy Balm, a blend of olive, coconut and sesame oils, this antioxidant rich balm soothes many of your baby'??s skin conditions. Calms diaper rash, cradle cap and other irritations and NO NASTY CHEMICALS!

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