Still on the fence about cloth diapers. We chatted with Charlie Banana's CEO to get her top reasons why you should switch.

By peoplestaff225
November 05, 2010 02:00 PM

Courtesy of Charlie Banana

Cloth diapers are as old as the beginning of time, but they quickly lost their luster when disposables hit the scene. Now back bigger (and more stylish) than ever, they’re enjoying a resurgence among green-conscious parents. If you’re still on the fence, you may not be for much longer. We recently chatted with Gaëlle Wizenberg, ceo of luxe, modern cloth diaper company, Charlie Banana, to get on her take on why it’s important to switch to cloth. Check out her top six reasons below:

They’re not your mom’s (or grandma’s!) cloth diaper. The cloth diapers available today are more suited for the modern parent’s needs. You no longer need to worry about pins or a diaper service. Plus, today’s cloth diapers are available in adorable colors and prints from bright, bold colors to pastels.

They’re more comfy and healthy for baby. Disposable diapers contain so many chemicals, including chlorine which causes some babies to break out in rashes. Cloth diapers are comfortable, breathable, absorbent and have super soft interior liners. There are no hard, sharp plastic closures to irritate or even cut baby’s skin (like many disposables on the market).

Charlie Banana diapers have a fleece interior and micro terry inserts, so it keeps baby dry and diaper rash-free. Cloth diapering cuts down on diaper rash tremendously.

Options, Options, Options. There are TONS of cloth diaper brands and products on the market that fit every parent’s need and budget. I recommend researching the best option for your family. If you’re not ready to go 100 percent cloth, hybrid options are the best bet for you. Charlie Banana provides a Disposable Insert option — it’s 100 percent biodegradable — made of wood pulp. It’s also a great alternative when traveling or when you’re out and about running errands.

They’re easy to clean and care for. The truth is you need a minimum of 24-36 cloth diapers throughout your baby’s entire lifetime. Many parents are scared of the “poop” factor, but the reality is, it’s a part of parenthood and not that big of a deal. Once you get the hang of disposing of the poop and tossing the diaper in your diaper pail or washing machine, you’ll be on cloth diaper cruise control. And it will prepare you for potty training — studies have shown that cloth diaper babies potty train earlier. Check out our recommended care tips.

They help reduce your family’s carbon footprint. Whether you’re super eco-conscious or not, this is truly priceless! One child will need about 6,000 diaper changes by the age of 24 months, which equals to one ton of rubbish. And disposables diapers take 500 plus years to decompose. Actually, we’re not even sure if they ever fully break down.

And parents are supposed to remove the solids prior to disposing of them, but this rarely happens. Mostly, they end up in the landfills, sitting in the sun. And since they are full of bacteria, viruses and vaccines, they pose a threat to wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole.

And we haven’t even mentioned the packaging, the wipes, the plastic liners for the disposable diaper buckets and all the resources required to produce the diapers, shipping, trucking etc.

You’re not truly green until you use cloth diapers. From the best organic baby food and softest organic cotton duds to a eco-friendly nursery and green baby care products, more and more parents are jumping on the earth-friendly bandwagon. But when it comes to diapers it seems totally acceptable to let your adorable tot sit in a rough plastic bag full of chemicals 24 hours a day for 2 years!

Babies’ pores and skin are so fragile and new — the skin absorbs everything. For a happy and completely healthy baby, we highly recommend making the switch to cloth diapers.

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