This blog post is a part of a series to celebrate Real Diaper Week and the Great Cloth Diaper Change that will be taking place this Saturday, April 21, 2012. Each day this week, I’ll be discussing a different angle on the topic of cloth diapers to bring more awareness to the Event and to CD’s themselves! Feel free to chime in by way of the Comments section, or if you’re a blogger yourself – JOIN IN the fun!
Real Simple Real Diapers Waste Reduction – Waste Reduction, Environmental benefits, Elimination Communication (diaper-free baby)
It’s a very easy debate to win when you make the declaration that cloth diapers produce much less waste than disposables. An average child will go through about 6 disposable diapers a day, in a 2 1/2 year period that’s 5,600 disposable diapers!!!
Another great advantage to using cloth diapers is the statistic that babies who wear cloth potty train, on average, 5-6 months earlier than those who wear disposable diapers. I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago about how I don’t think cloth helped my daughter potty train faster, just because it was cloth. But because I took a more active approach to my daughter’s bathroom habits by practicing part-time Elimination Communication.
Cloth Diapers and Elimination Communication, in a way, go hand in hand. Cloth Mama’s are sometimes more in tune with their baby’s bathroom habits as they have to be changed a bit more often and we learn to look for those cues.
To learn more about Elimination Communication and it’s huge advantages see this great guest post from a So Easy Being Green reader, Rachel!