They also have this great program to try cloth diapers for $10. You pay $150 up front, get a bunch of different kinds to try for 21 days, then you send back the ones you don't want and get your money back! The keep $10 plus the amount of any diapers you decide to keep. It looks like a great way to try out a lot of different diaper options.
Cloth diapers are so much better for our planet. But you have to be careful what you use to wash your diapers and baby clothes, bedding etc. Your baby will be in almost constant contact with these items. Famous name brand laundry detergents, dryer sheets and fabric softeners all contain many toxic chemicals including known carcinogens. http://mcs-america.org/SteinemannLaundryDetergentFabricSoftener.pdf
http://www.immuneweb.org/articles/perfume.html American laundry detergents, dryer sheets and fabric softeners are banned in Europe. These chemicals can be devistating to adults but infants are especially susceptible. Some of the chemicals in these products have been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. These are documented facts.
The solution is Soap Nuts. Soap nuts grow on trees and no chemicals are added. They contain a natural detergent called saponin. They clean as good as toxic chemical detergents but they are non toxic, hypoallergenic, non polluting and remove odors better than any products I have ever tried. Soap nuts are Mother Natures gift to mankind and they are even vagen. They cost less than half of what Tide costs. I even have a coupon code for you, just enter 10off for a 10% discount coupon on anything on their site. If your sceptical like I was, they even have a sample available. Go to http://www.greenvirginproducts.com Don't gamble on your babies health, you should use soap nuts even if you use disposable diapers for the other clothes.
I have three children, 11 year old twins and an 8 year old. All were cloth diapered. I did buy some nice snap form fitted diapers and they were so easy to use. They were worth the cost and when I was done, I sold them for 8 dollars apiece. Huge since I paid 15 apiece. Take your time to research what you like or don't like. I so wish I could have tried some before I bought them. Some were a waste. I gave away 80 dollars of diapers because they were so awful and useless. Good luck. Now all you need is a baby bootie to put them on LOL. Ruby
I am not sure if you can get biodegradable nappies in the USA we can get them here in Australia, you can also get the wipes. They work out to be 60c (Aus) a nappy, I have a feeling they are made out recycled material, I could be mistaken though.
I used cloth diapers for both my children (including cloth training pants). My initial reasoning was due to the fact that I didn't want them to be enclosed in plastics containing chemicals 24/7 for the first two years of their life.
There were a few instances when we had to resort to a disposable for short periods of time, however they were few and far between.
I used Ivory Snow for detergent. I had a diaper pail with a lid that snapped shut next to the toilet in the bathroom with a small amount of detergent/water. Wet diapers I would throw in directly, soiled diapers I would rinse out in the toilet first, then throw in. The pail was not large, it was about the size of an office desk trash can.
Every other day (sometimes every day) I would take the pail to the washer, dump it in and wash them. So they would never sit in the there very long. I used pre-folded diapers but not the ones with Velcro.
I was lucky though. While I worked my Mother watched my kids, and she was very pro-cloth. A lot of daycare or caregivers do not like them or wont allow them.
The most responsible diaper on earth is LolliDoo - they are cloth diapers that are recycled and recyclable, made from certified organic cotton in the USA of components made in the USA. www.lolliplace.com
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