Cloth diapers vs. disposables

4:44 PM, Jul 14, 2008   |    comments
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Clearwater, FL - Sara Hanson has been using cloth diapers since her 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, was 9 months old.

She had a bad diaper rash and their pediatrician suggested they ditch the disposables.

Now her sons, 2-year-old Logan and 5-month-old Ethan, are both in cloth.

Sara Hanson said, "I think they breathe a lot more. I think they're softer on their skin. My two year old loves to pick out his diapers. This color. That color. Some have things on them, so there's sort of a fun factor there."

You can find them online or at specialty stores like CottonTail Baby in Clearwater.

Owner Amy Carr opened her doors in January, after her own experience with disposables.

"My daughter had rashes and was allergic to disposable diapers, and so we just could not find a single diaper that would be OK with her,” explained Amy Carr. “She was allergic to all of them, so we switched to cloth when she was about six months old and [it's an] amazing difference."

These days, cloth diapers are a mini fashion statement, from colors to patterns.

You simply pop a cover over a pre-folded diaper, and you're good to go.

Or you can buy the all-in-one which is a diaper and a cover together.

Tobi McMullen went cloth for both her kids, with an eye on the environment.

"I would say that's one of the reasons why we did it”, said Tobi McMullen. “Another was cost, but as far as the green perspective goes, I mean, certainly I know that I'm not putting thousands, literally thousands, of diapers into the landfill."

For more information about cloth diapering, click here.

Jennifer Howe, Tampa Bay's 10 News

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