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What is in a Disposable Wipe?

I love our Thirsties cloth wipes. I use them exclusively and since we’re already washing cloth diapers it’s super easy to throw them in wet bag and wash them.  But I have to admit I’ve been using them because I feel it’s less wasteful and because it’s cost efficient. Out of curiosity, I did quick online search for the chemicals found in common brands of disposable baby wipes. I was shocked when I learned about the following common ingredients:

Methylisothiazolinone: This is what is known as a biocide. It is used to kill microbes or bacteria in solutions that contain water. It’s used a preservative of sorts in wipes. Full strength it can cause chemical burns, skin irritation and contact dermatitis. Some babies may actually have an allergy to this type of biocide and their skin may react accordingly. Methylisothiazolinone has been banned for use in cosmetics in … Read More

How much will I save if I buy cloth vs. disposables?

With 6000 – 8000 diaper changes from birth to potty training, disposable diapers can cost anywhere between $2000 – $3000.

The cost savings of cloth diapers depend on how long your baby is in diapers, what diapering system you are using, and how many children you will use the diapers for. If you use your diapering products for more than one child, your savings multiply!

To cloth diaper, you will need:

Diapers:
Newborn: 20-24 diapers
6-12 months: 14-18 diapers
12-24 months: 12-16 diapers
Potty Learning: 4-8 diapers

Covers:
Newborn-9 months: 1 wrap for every 3 diapers
9 months-18 months: 1 wrap for every 4 diapers
18 months to potty training: 1 wrap for every 5 diapers

Thirsties Duo Diaper:
Use from birth-to-potty and save $617 + over the cheapest disposables!

Waterproof pocket diaper. (No cover needed.) This diaper offers: ease of use, convenience, adjustability, trimness, absorbency.

You will need between … Read More

Blowouts: One of the Big Downsides to Disposables

Just before our first child was born I remember taking the newborn-sized diapers out of the package and marveling at how how small they were. I imagined lifting tiny legs and wiping the teensy-tiny cheeks.  Those first few diaper changes are a new and exciting experience, as are all the “firsts” you will have with your child. But be warned: diaper changes can and will get ugly and you will eventually learn to fear “The Blowout“.  Because I now use cloth diapers on my son, our blowouts have been few and far between and have happened only when he is wearing disposables–like on the plane.  What better time to have a wriggly, poo-covered infant than when you are surrounded by silently staring strangers? But I digress.

The first few bowel movements your baby has will be meconium–a sticky black substance left behind in the baby’s intestines from … Read More