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To Dispose or Not to Dispose?

To Dispose or Not to Dispose?
Cloth diapers might seem like a thing of the past, but a recent trend back to the washable is disposing of the disposable. Learn how babies' health is one of the reasons for the return to tradition.

090610HEALTH.jpgThe generation who started wearing disposable diapers has grown up and out of the bulky undergarments and are having kids of their own. But there's been a recent trend back to cloth diapers, a trend that makes Good Natured Baby happy.

 

Started by husband-and-wife team Amy and PJ Hruschak and serving the Greater Cincinnati area, this diaper service makes cloth diapers easy and accessible. "Most people can't believe how easy it is to use cloth diapers," Amy says. "They think they'll need pins and rubber pants, but things have changed! Many parents are surprised at how cute cloth diapering is."


For a near monthly (every four weeks) fee, Good Natured Baby offers a weekly pickup and delivery day to take away the dirty and give you the clean. On the first diaper delivery, Good Natured Baby provides instructions for using cloth diapers, and they can make that first delivery weeks before a baby's due date in case of an early delivery.

 

The way it works is that, instead of throwing the cloth diapers in the trash, Good Natured Baby customers throw it in a zipper-shut bag. And instead of taking out the disposable diapers with the weekly trash, customers just put the bag of dirty cloth diapers outside the front door for their weekly pickup and delivery. Good Natured Baby collects the used diapers, replaces them with clean diapers, and then launders the dirty diapers for reuse.

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While the idea of never needing to run out and buy a pack of disposable diapers might seem like the reasoning behind this trend toward the at-your-door service, that's only one of the benefits of returning to the cloth. The more pressing concerns of the disposable deserters surround the health of their babies.

 

"There are more than 60 chemicals in disposable diapers. Some are known toxins and one is a chemical banned from tampons in the 1980s. These chemicals have been linked to asthma and male infertility," according to the Good Natured Baby Web site. "In contrast, cloth diapers have been linked to less diaper rash and younger potty training."

 

You might be saying, "What?" right about now, but the research is there to back it up. Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) were banned from use in tampons after they were linked to toxic shock syndrome, but they are still used in disposable diapers for their liquid-absorbing powers.

 

A scientific study showed an increased temperature in plastic-lined disposable diapers that can pose a threat to the fertility of male babies, as consistently high scrotal temperatures can cause infertility. "We're not for babies having babies, but someday you might want grandchildren," the Hruschaks say on their Web site.

 

Beyond the health benefits to your baby, you also refrain from sending all of your kids' diapers to a landfill. And by using the diaper service, you don't have to rinse, soak and wash the diapers yourself, which saves you time and money.

 

For more information about Good Natured Baby and other benefits of using a diaper service, check out GoodNaturedBaby.com.



PHOTO CREDITS
Photo courtesy of 
Good Natured Baby

Model: Rory Hruschak

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