I often wonder if other parents in general consider cloth diapering or if the majority just go with the "default" - disposables - and never really think twice about it.
Anyway, I was a little bit shocked, and a little bit not-shocked-at-all, by this story. When I found it yesterday, I wanted to shout from the rooftops to all new parents and parents-to-be to PLEASE realize that disposable diapers as just as much a choice as cloth diapers are. Think about what you are going to put on your child 24 hours a day for approximately 2 years.
I'm not sure why people ask this, but the fact is that diaper rash has not been an issue for us since we switched completely. Before we were 24-7 cloth, Boogie did have a lot of diaper rash. And we changed him quite frequently no matter what he was in.
Which is why I am 100% convinced that cloth is healthier.
This is a great article (ironically, it shows up with an ad for pampers) that sums up the health costs of disposable diapers.
It all goes back to that old addage that all our parents quoted at one time or another. If all your friends are jumping off a bridge, do you do it, too?
I'm not saying that disposables are akin to throwing your kid off a bridge. I'm just saying that parents should consider all of their options and weigh the benefits and the deficits for each one. And, hopefully, if cloth isn't going to work for your family, you might just consider one of the healthier chlorine-free disposable diaper options out there.
Maybe, just maybe, if enough parents switch to chlorine-free, healthier diapers, the major brands will have no choice but to start manufacturing a better product. I know Huggies has a new "pure and natural" diaper but compared to Earth's Best or Seventh Generation, it's just more green washing.