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While there's no simple solution to the diapering dilemma, three kids and some 15,000 diaper changes have taught me there are a number of alternatives for environmentally conscious parents.

Flush it

Raw fecal matter in the landfill contaminates groundwater. Even baby poop belongs in the toilet. Flushable liners simplify this process and make diaper washing a breeze.

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Cloth diapers are easy

Gone are the days of pointy pins and leaky rubber pants. Today's cloth diapers are simple to use, a cinch to clean and crazy cute. Available in cotton (bleached and unbleached), hemp, bamboo, wool and a number of other materials, there's an option that meets the eco and budget needs of every parent.

Except when they aren't

Nobody's perfect. Sometimes sanity comes first. For example:
* The first two weeks of baby's life. You're an overwhelmed new parent. She's a tiny precious thing. The simpler, the better.
* Long airplane rides. Nobody's happy when the baby is soaked and the seatbelt light is on!
* Overnight. Some kids just don't sleep well in cloth. After months of quadruple nightly diaper changes, we prioritized sleep and switched to disposables.

Green disposable diapers

Greener disposables are free of harmful chemicals found in traditional brands. Seventh Generation has even started to substitute wood pulp and corn-derived materials for non-renewable petrochemicals in their absorbent core. Ultimately, disposable diapers are resource-heavy to produce and end up in landfills. Use 'em only when you must.

Cloth diapering saves money

Including upfront costs, laundering and the occasional disposable, cloth-diapering parents save about $1,800 over disposable-diapering families after one child. And the gains grow as the family does! See for yourself — it's easy to work out your detailed comparison!

Choosing a second-hand set will save you even more. After seven years of continuous use, our one-size-fits-all numbers are still in great condition and will soon be Craigslist-bound. And after running its course, a diaper makes a great rag!

Hybrid diapers

The newest thing on the diaper scene combines a reusable cover with a disposable insert. Some—like gDiapers—even boast flushable or compostable inserts. Others—like Flip Diapers—allow parents to alternate between cloth and disposable inserts.

What's your bit of green diapering genius to share with new parents?

Sincerely,

Tovah Paglaro, The Queen of Green

November 13, 2012
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2012/11/green-baby-bums-diapers-for-eco-parents/

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May 21, 2013
3:00 AM

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Mar 16, 2013
8:34 PM

No two ways about it, cloth diapers are great! My boy has never had a diaper rash. HE washing machine works great for saving on water and energy and in the summer I use my cloths line and winter I use a rack in the house. I never have to worry about running out and making the nearly two hour drive to town to get diapers. Baby face cloths make great wipes too. We need to set good examples for our children, they will inherit the consequences of our waste.

Jan 29, 2013
4:23 AM

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Dec 06, 2012
8:12 PM

if you are a stay at home parent with a washer and dryer, cloth diapering is as easy as pushing buttons on a machine. I had two in diapers at once and it really was not difficult, hanging them on the line to dry always got them super soft, bleached out any stains naturally and gave me a few minutes of satisfying time to myself. My “babies” are now in thier 30’sand I still have the odd flannel diaper in the rag bin.

Dec 04, 2012
6:43 AM

Disana makes an amazing breathable diaper system using a wool cover. One size fits all and the diaper is stretchy.

http://www.disana.de/engl/produkte/wickeln/index.html

Dec 03, 2012
1:35 AM

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Nov 27, 2012
1:14 PM

gDiapers are awesome! I fell in love with them using them with my own son years ago now. AND they also allow you to interchange cloth and disposable inserts allowing the most flexibility! Plus they are super-cute!!

Nov 15, 2012
12:34 PM

Use Cloth wipes as well! They just go in the wash with the diapers. Save even more money by making your own. You can buy solution to dampen them in, but some people make their own from online recipes. A bonus is that, just like cloth diapers, cloth wipes are more effective than disposable.

Nov 14, 2012
4:48 PM

Buying used cloth diapers enabled me to try a variety of kinds to decide which brand worked best for us. This saved us tons of money in the long run! We love them now. But I also used disposable for the first two months when she was too little for the cloth diapers.

Nov 14, 2012
3:22 PM

I am a mom of two in a rural area which make getting disposable diapers expensive and in limited quanitity. I found, like everything with a newborn and a family, it takes some getting used to and a routine established. It is like breastfeeding it takes time and getting used to. The main thing is not to give up. Since my oldest was born I took it in myself to teach my children to live a greener lifestyle, whether it is composting,growing our own food, biking or walking instead of using a car. It's not easy but once you get started it gets easier and every little thing counts.

Nov 13, 2012
5:51 PM

After much research and experimentation I've been diapering my baby using G-Diapers and prefold cotton inserts. I've posted a tutorial on my blog:

http://www.amaranthroad.com/2012/09/home-cloth-diapering-adventures.html

Hopefully it will help you to see how easy it can be!

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