Studies have shown an infant goes through between 8,000 and 10,000 diaper changes before entering potty training.
The savings associated with using cloth diapers is phenomenal compared to using disposables. On average, you will spend anywhere from $2,8000 (for 8,000 diaper changes) and $3,500 (for about 10,000 diaper changes) per child on disposables. You will save on average about $1,500! And the bonus is you can continue to use those same diapers on a second and third child!
When you finish using disposable diapers with your child, all you have left is a huge mountain of trash. Solid human waste in landfills may seep into local ground waters. Even worse, a disposable diaper normally made out of plastics takes around 500 years to decompose, and 18 billion disposable diapers are thrown out in the US each year. That is 100,000 tons of plastic and 800,000 tons of tree pulp. Disposable diapers also contain dioxin- a by-product of bleaching pulp which has been linked to cancer.
However if you have used cloth diapers, you are ready for the next child!
Studies have proven that babies who are disposable diapered have about a 78% incidence of diaper rash, compared to only 7% of cloth diapered babies!
Washing cloth diapers takes the equivalent amount of water as flushing a toilet 5 times a day.
Thus cloth diapers have half the ecological footprint of disposables.