Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Parent to Parent: Cloth Diapers
Nothing beats the convenience of disposable diapers, but more and more moms are diapering the old fashioned way-- with cloth. Seven's Lynn Martinez talks to parents who are choosing cloth in tonight's Parent to Parent.
WSVN -- Irene Martija: "Yep, say you're wet."
Eleven-month-old Eden is getting a good, old fashioned diaper change.
Mom Irene chose cloth over disposable five years ago for all three of her children.
Irene Martija: "I actually learned that the disposable diapers had chemicals in them, and those chemicals really aren't good for the baby's skin."
Irene's sister Faith is due to have her first baby next month. She's also going with cloth.
Faith Rizzo: "For me it was the financial aspect of it-- that we're going to save so much money in the long run."
Yep, cloth is making a comeback. Beverly Muzii runs Baby Drawers, a company that sells cloth diapers over the Internet.
Beverly Gurney-Muzii, owner, Baby Drawers: "These are doublers that go inside a cloth diaper to make them more absorbent. It's like extra protection."
These aren't your grandma's diapers!
From pre-fold cotton, micro terry to extra-plush organic bamboo-- these cloth diapers have come a long way and are built to last.
Beverly Gurney-Muzii: "Right now, issue number one is the economy, and one of the best ways to save money as the parent of an infant is to go with cloth diapers because you can reuse them."
Exactly how much can you save by doing those extra loads of laundry a week? Plenty.
The National Association of Diaper Services says the average cost for a child in disposables for two years is around $4,000. For those who use cloth, about $1800-- less if you wash them yourself.
And you can use the diapers for other babies you might have later.
Irene Martija: "The diaper that I actually purchased is for one size, so I used them for newborns till they're potty-trained, and I've used them with all three of my kids."
Dr. Valerie Goode says using cloth is a good idea.
Dr. Valerie Goode: "The thought of putting plastic on my child is not an appealing one, and to throw away all of this plastic is also not appealing."
About 18 billion disposable diapers are put in landfills every year. Many don't realize it takes an estimated 500 years to decompose, so parents can feel good about putting cloth on their children.
Greg Muzii: "Yes, nice, clean diaper."
Like her sister before her, baby Belinda is happy in cloth diapers.
Her dad likes that they're green and economical, plus changing is a breeze.
Greg Muzii: "These things are just as easy as disposables. It's the same thing. They love it. It's very easy ... isn't it, sweetheart?"
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Valerie Goode