The other night I called my brother, Robbie. When he answered the phone, he asked, "What's up?" I told him, "Not too much, just folding diapers." His response, "Uhhh... you use cloth diapers. I don't understand people like that. Why not disposables?"
That's when I explained to him that the primary reason we do it is to SAVE MONEY. I told him when I buy disposable I buy Target's brand, and Charis currently wears Size 4, which cost approximately 18 cents/diaper. Then I told him to do a load of diapers in our apartment building cost $2.00. I hang dry them on the drying rack out on our balcony. A load consists of 18-24 diapers. In the long run, I will be saving money, especially if we have more children. I also told him it's BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Don't get me wrong, I don't believe in "mother earth." I believe a Sovereign God who is in control of all things created the world and everything in it, that we are to be stewards of His creation. Yes, there are times we use disposables, such as travelling, but when I put a cloth diaper on Charis, it will be washed and reused again, not thrown in a plastic bag to be taken out to the trash to eventually be thrown in a pit somewhere. Cloth diapers are BETTER FOR BABIES. Disposables contain harmful chemicals such as Dioxin (can cause cancer), Tributyl-tin (TBT) (can cause hormonal problems), and sodium polyacrylate (associated with Toxic shock syndrome and tampon use).
The intention of this post is not to say you must use cloth diapers, but rather to inform and educate you on some reasons parents choose to use cloth diapers. My brother was not convinced, but he and his wife do not have children, so they don't need to decide whether or not to use cloth.
Note: Yes, I do think Fuzzibunz and Bumgenius diapers are cute, but I am sometimes bothered that they are made in China and Egypt. Etsy has a lot of cute diapers, often made by WAHMs. Some sellers are offering discounts and/or free shipping in honor of Earth Day. (Again, I don't like the principle of Earth Day, due to elevating the earth above the creator, but I'm not opposed to buying from people when they do offer discounts.) For a list of some of the stores offering promotions, go to: http://etsyclothdiapers.blogspot.com/