Cloth Diaper Benefits

Early Potty Training

Cloth diapered babies are typically potty trained a full year earlier than baby’s who use disposable diapers. Our clients usually begin toilet training their babies around 18 months of age and there are very few clients that remain on the service after the two year mark as their baby’s have fully graduated from diapers. Baby’s who wear disposable diapers are typically still in diapers at three years of age. This is because the chemicals in disposable diapers mask the feeling of being wet so your baby does not know they are sitting in a wet or soiled diaper… but they are. This contributes to diaper rash and makes it difficult to potty train your baby. By contrast, baby’s wearing cloth diapers will feel when they are wet. They will normally let you know when they need to be changed which helps you ensure your baby is not sitting in a soiled diaper for long periods of time. It also helps incent them to use the potty! The average family that chooses cloth diapering will save $800-$1000 vs disposables and will save themselves a lot of work.


A Healthier Option for your Baby

There are many concerns with disposable diapers that can affect the health of your baby. Since they are made of non-breathable materials (paper and plastic), there is a higher incidence of diaper rash if your baby uses disposable diapers.  Our cloth diapers are made with only natural fibers (cotton, bamboo, hemp) which are both breathable and comfortable on your baby’s skin.

Disposable diapers also contain many harmful ingredients. Dioxin is an extremely toxic by-product of paper bleaching. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic cancer-linked chemical. Tributyl-tin is a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals. Dyes found in some disposables are known to damage the central nervous system, kidneys and liver.


Sodium Polyacrylate is a super absorbent gel that shows up as little crystals on your baby’s skin.  It has been found in urinary tracts of babies and causes severe diaper rashes.  A similar substance used in tampons was pulled from the market in the 1980s due to increased risk of toxic shock syndrome.  This chemical has been linked to respiratory problems and skin irritations.

A study published in the Archives of Environmental Health in 1999, found that disposable diapers release chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and dipentene.  VOCs are linked to toxic health effects over time and with a high level of exposure, including cancer and brain damage.  The same researchers found that mice exposed to chemicals released by disposable diapers were more likely to have irritated airways than mice exposed to emissions from cloth diapers.  These effects were increased during repeat exposures. The authors suggested that disposable diapers may cause “asthma-like” reactions.



Using cloth diapers helps reduce climate change and other environmental concerns

Disposable diapers are an environmental catastrophe. Over 1 billion mature trees are cut down EACH YEAR to produce disposable diapers while climate change analysts attribute 15% of all climate change to deforestation. In fact, deforestation adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than all cars and trucks on the world’s roads!

The raw materials required to keep one baby in disposable diapers for one year include more than 136 kg of wood, 23 kg of petroleum and 9 kg of chlorine. By comparison, cloth diapers use 20 times less raw materials, 2 times less water and 3 times less energy to produce than disposable diapers.

Disposable diapers have also led to another major environmental issue… the enormous waste and landfill impact. Canadians throw out 1.7 billion disposable diapers each year and it takes up to 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose. This is unsustainable and unnecessary.

Bear Bottoms Cloth Diaper Service provides families with a cost effective and easy way to use cloth diapers as an alternative to disposable diapers.

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