Why Cloth Diapers

Diaper Need, according the the National Diaper Bank Network,

  • 5.3 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families.
  • 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.
  • Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps, and no state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
  • Disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.
  • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.

We believe that no family should have to choose between diapers and other necessities and that every baby should have an adequate supply of dry diaper changes. Disposable diaper banks serve an important role in improving access to diapers, but we believe that cloth diapers can and should be part of the solution. While cloth diapers aren’t right for every family, we work to make them as accessible as possible to families that choose them for their children.

Cloth Diaper Facts:

  • 18 billion disposable diapers are dumped in landfills every year in the United States. Estimates range from 18 to 20 billion diapers every year, or about 3.4 million tons of waste.
  • Disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose. 500 years. While they used to be made out of wood pulp, they are now made out of super absorbent polymers, a plastic material that takes significantly longer to decompose.
  • Cloth diapers are more economical than disposable diapers. A family can spend about $2,000 on disposable diapers for one child. We can purchase a brand new set of diapers for about $150, and they can usually be used for multiple children. Even when factoring in the cost of water and detergent, cloth diapers can save a family money.

Because cloth diapers have to be washed, there is often concern about whether low income families have access to washers. However, U.S. Census stats on the 20% of households with the lowest incomes show that 69% of them have a washing machine. That being said, we know that cloth diapers aren’t right for every family, and we are happy that there are local diaper banks like the Columbus Diaper Coalition and Columbus Diaper Bank providing families with disposable diapers. Cloth Diaper Connection is proud to provide an alternative to families that are interested in reusable diapers for their children.