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The average baby goes through some 8,000 diapers before potty training, and the ease and convenience of disposable diapers is making that number grow. As a working mom, I struggled with the Great Diaper Question since my first son was born. I like the convenience as much as anybody, but I need to choose what’s safest for my children and the planet.
According to the EPA, diapers account for 3.4 million tons of landfill waste. They’re like little bundles of infant poop wrapped loosely in essential indestructible packages. Plus they’re made of bleached paper fibers, sodium polyacrylate absorbent gels, plastics and other materials you don’t want near your baby’s skin.
You can wash and reuse cloth cotton diapers, so they may seem like the perfect choice. But it’s not that simple. There’s the energy and water you use to wash them, plus the environmental costs of growing the cotton and producing and bleaching the cloth.
You can find cotton reusable diapers with organic cotton and even wonderful Velcro closers instead of scary safety pins. And you can find disposables that aren’t as bad for the environment. They’re made without the nasty chemicals you want to avoid, and some come with biodegradable liners you can flush. The decision about diapers has to work for your lifestyle, your budget and, of course, your healthy home.
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