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.
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.
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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Bear Bottoms has diapered all four of our children. Wow, this is really our last! The diapers are so soft and we love having the choice of thin or thick diapers, as each of our children is so different. Thank you for the continued wonderful service, we feel like we are part of your family. 🙂 We just had to tell you how glad we are that we found you and we all love seeing the big green truck come!
We love the ease of the fitted diapers and there is RARELY ever a mess! I have had many comments from friends and family on how wonderful and easy they look. I can’t imagine why disposable diapers are still around when there is Bear Bottoms instead!
I really like the service and recommend it to many people. The convenience of having diapers delivered to my door and not having to do even more laundry is great. The service is always friendly and you are always willing to go out of your way to make things work even better! Many thanks!
Thank you for making it so easy to be green! Your product and service were amazing and I tell every new mom I meet about it! If I have another child you will definitely hear from me. Keep up the great work!
Your service has been excellent, and the cloth diapers are great, we have had zero issues with diaper rash in a year. We would recommend you to anyone looking for a diapering service, for sure.
We have been using the service for almost 8 months and we love it! Despite all the ‘green’ reasons for cloth diapers – the best part is the convenience. I never have to worry about running out of diapers or bringing home those huge boxes from the store. Keep up the great service – it makes a difference.
We love that the diapers are easy to use (even my husband feels comfortable using them) and environmentally friendly. I also find they tend to hold our daughters, poop explosions, better than disposable diapers.
Going cloth diapering was important for us. We’re just so happy we heard about your company from our friends. Not only do we feel great about being better to the planet, we don’t even have to do all the dirty work! Thanks for being quick to respond and making our lives so much easier.
We have been using the service for just over six months. I love everything about your service. I love the quality of the diapers, I love the convenience of having them delivered and not having the extra laundry. Most of all I love the high service level that Bear Bottoms offers. Thanks so much.
Nothing compares to Bear Bottoms, having both day & night diapers and I just found out they are made right here in Ontario – support the economy right? Our baby is now big enough for super soakers and wow! My baby has never even leaked or had a rash. He never fusses to be changed and we have never had to use any creams. We can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t use cloth, when it’s this easy, cheap and better for the world! Thank you Bear Bottoms, for your service!
I can’t thank you enough for everything – the service, the quality, the pricing, you guys have been absolutely wonderful. Happy to write a testimonial wherever, whenever. Will miss you!