Are Disposable Diapers Really More Convenient Than Reusable Cloth
When I think of convenience, I mostly think of something that saves me significant time or makes some repetitive
task considerably easier, like my dishwasher and my washing machine.
For some people, convenience also means using things that can be thrown away. Paper napkins. Plastic utensils.
Let's think about that one. Diapers.
Are disposable diapers more convenient? The families who use them seem to think so, but
Do they take less time to put on? Mm, not really. There are lots of reusable diapers on the market that are just
as quick to change.
Is it easier to put a diaper in a trash can than in a diaper pail? Surely not if you are at home. If you are
elsewhere, then that depends whether there is a trash can handy. For me personally, putting a worn cloth diaper
into a bag to take home and wash is just as easy.
But you have to get poop out of the cloth diaper and not the throw-away diaper, right? Well, not if you are
using disposable diapers responsibly. Did you know it is actually illegal to dump human feces in a landfill? That
meansyou should remove the poop from any diaper , not just reusable ones. After all, the sewer system was developed precisely to
take care of such things as human excrement safely. Who wants to have another plague come along? Not me.
So it would seem that the only real convenience of using disposable diapers comes down to the one thing you
don't have to do; wash them.
If you have a one-year-old in your house, you don't need me to tell you that you do more laundry now than you
did before you had the baby. But you probably also realize that you don't have as much laundry now as you did
during those first six months. And most likely, laundry isn't the chore you hate most.
Before we call that a win for disposable diapers, though, let's turn it around and look at it the other way.
Are there any inconveniences due to the continual use of throw-away diapers?
Well, there is one. It's a big one. And it's one that I've never seen anyone bring up when
discussing the decision to use disposable versus cloth diapers.
It is now much harder for most parents to potty train our children than for past generations.
Our kids potty train later and later on average. Not only that, but it takes longer than
you'd think for them to catch on.
Children diapered in super-dry-feeling disposable diapers potty train later than children diapered in reusable
cloth diapers. They don't know when they are wetting, because they don't feel wet; even briefly. Because of this,
the average age of achieving daytime dryness has about doubled since 1960.
Is changing diapers for an extra year more convenient than setting the stage for
easier potty training on a normal child development schedule?
Is running to the mega membership store right now because there aren't enough diapers left in the box to make it
until tomorrow at 10AM more convenient than throwing a load of diapers in the washer
every few days?
Is spending $85 each month on ugly pseudo-underwear for your child to wear briefly and discard, now many times
the original size and weight, into the garbage can more convenient than taking her to
the potty and sending the pee and poo through the sewer instead?
So are you really willing to pay good money to keep your child in diapers for an extra year?
There, I've said it.
By choosing disposable diapers for your child, you are choosing to delay a major child development
Is there any other development milestone that parents routinely delay through their actions??? I don't know of
any. And I don't doubt you would feel like an awful parent if you were guilty of any of these...
Surely you wouldn't try to discourage your child from learning to walk?
I've never heard a parent tell their child not to say the alphabet, count to twenty or read a book.
And you wouldn't do things to prevent your child from learning to talk.
Why would this miracle of convenience, disposable diapers, touting such a useful benefit as dry skin for your
precious child, cause such an undesirable result? Well, let's take a look at the possible motivation.
These companies make money from your child's bodily waste.
They get more money the longer your child is stuck in diapers (have you noticed
the bigger sizes have fewer in each package at the same price?)
And they make even more money once your child starts wearing pull-up training
pants (they cost more than standard diapers), even though their product won't actually help your child
learn when they need to go potty.
So they get you hooked on the supposed convenience of throwing your baby's waste in the garbage by supplying
hospitals with free product; teeny little cute diapers that cost ten cents apiece and trap you into a
buying cycle that continues until your child is two and a half, or three, or even three and a half
That's 6000 diapers or so! And upwards of
You really do pay for "convenience", don't you?
Wow, right? Did you ever stop to do that math before?
Don't make daytime dryness harder for your child to achieve, just because of diapers you chose last month or
You can make a different choice right now.
Since using disposable diapers keeps children in diapers longer, what is the solution?
Bring back the element that's missing. Your child needs to know when elimination occurs in order to learn from
it. So, even now in our age of convenience, that means reusable diapers.
Cloth Diapers Optimized For Your Active Toddler - Day And Night
When my first child started using the potty at 18 months back in 2008, her daycare refused to use the cloth
diapers she'd been wearing almost her whole life. They wanted me to send pull up training pants so it would be
easy to take her potty.
I hated the idea of switching to wasteful disposable diapers, so I researched my cloth options first.
I wanted an easy-to-use next-step diapering solution that the daycare would use and that would help my toddler
through the learning process, but without creating extra hassles for me. All of the conveniences of disposable
products, but with the true wetting feedback you can only get with cloth.
My background is in Apparel Design, and I spent years managing innovation projects for the biggest global name
in the sportswear industry. I was paid a very good salary to research and solve problems, creating apparel that
truly was technical gear. That experience makes me a notoriously demanding customer when it comes to any kind
of clothing, but especially performance apparel.
What did I find waiting for me in the cloth diaper world?
Lots of cloth diapers that didn't pull on and off over the feet.
Lots of training pants that aren't waterproof, or don't hold a full pee, or both.
You see, my dream product, this cloth diaper/training pant hybrid, didn't exist, so I designed it myself. And
does it live up to my lofty requirements? Absolutely.
Pull-Up Cloth Diapers
Read on to see why Antsy Pants™ are so perfect for active toddlers:
Easy Pull-Up Styling Fits Great - These diapers are designed to fit
comfortably on your child as he grows. Not ready for potty training boot camp? No problem.
Antsy Pants™ are cool with that.
Convenient AIO for day diapering - No stuffing required. There are
three super fast absorbing layers of absorbent materials inside every Antsy Pants™ Pull-Up
Easy night diapering - Every Antsy Pants™ is built to allow for
best cleaning and allow you the flexibility to add absorbency for night, naps, and heavy
wetters, without stuffing your whole arm into the diaper.
I have a whole new appreciation for your product!!
I decided during the weekend to go all cloth training pants/diapers for Connor (except for
nighttime, just for the convenience of it.)
My reason: he needed more feedback so I could coerce him into potty training.
So I bought a few, and tried them all today.
Of them all, he loved yours the most! And I love the design!
Nicole, Mommy to Connor, age 2 1/2
Daycare-Friendly Leak-Resistant Design - Antsy Pants™ are diapers first and
foremost. Their job is to contain messes so they don't end up on the floor, the furniture... you get
the picture. Cloth training pants can't make this claim.
"We were happy to use Antsy Pants™ Pull Up Diapers in our daycare. I liked the design of
these trainers so much I even ordered a set for my granddaughter."
Miss Penny, Owner, Butterflies and Bumblebees Daycare
Your child will love them - These look like "big kid pants" and they are super
cute! In fact, don't tell your toddler that they are diapers. It'll be our secret.
"When Jasper first tried Antsy Pants™ he refused to cover them up. He ran to show them to
everyone he saw, even strangers. And when we were out, they were the perfect solution when he
refused to use the auto flushing toilets."
Amberlynn, Mom to Jasper, age 2 1/2
Easier diaper changes for antsy toddlers - Change them standing up or lying down,
pull them on like big kid pants or wrap and fasten like usual. No need to pull big messes over shoes
and socks, or remove shoes in a public restroom.
"One day I was in the men's room at the zoo changing my daughter into a disposable Pull-Up. I
was balancing us both as I took off her shoes and tried to keep her socks clean while putting
on the diaper. I found myself wishing I were putting her in her Antsy Pants™. Sometimes you
want the flexibility to open the sides instead."
Neil, Daddy to Georgia, 20 months
Better for your child - No chemicals next to your child's sensitive skin, unlike
Better for the environment - These reusable diapers will cut your trash output
greatly, and their care makes very little impact as well. They can be washed with your other laundry;
no extra loads, just an extra pre-rinse.
Save money over disposable products - Invest once and cross diapers off your
grocery bill for good. Want to know more? Check out our Cost Comparison.
Immediate Wetting Feedback™ - Every accident is a new learning experience to help
your child master the skill of identifying the need to eliminate, whether or not you are actively
Children who wear cloth diapers tend to potty train earlier than those in disposable diapers. The difference
comes down to wetting feedback. Antsy Pants™ Pull Up Cloth Diapers provide the same instant Wetting Feedback™ as
all-cotton diapers, but without risking rashes and discomfort on sensitive skin.
Disposable training pants do a great job of absorbing accidents,
and so do Antsy Pants™. What's different is how they feel to the touch immediately after wetting.
Disposable diapers and training pants whisk wetness through a
non-absorbent top sheet into a moisture-sucking batch of chemicals, keeping your child from feeling wet for even a
brief time. No feeling = no learning.
So just what is Wetting Feedback™? It's the
immediate wet feeling that helped our mothers and grandmothers potty train their children early using cotton
diapers, coupled with a transition to a dry feel through the use of performance wicking fabrics and super fast
absorbing "guts" inside the diaper.
Antsy Pants™ were developed to feel wet before they return to a dry feel on the lining surface.
Wetness is spread quickly across and through the lining fabric, where it is pulled into the
moisture-loving absorbent layers. That means that your child will know when she wets, every time
she wets. You don't have to change her immediately, and you don't have to strip her naked to let her know
when she's wetting.
What Antsy Pants™ really provide is a top-quality convenient, comfortable, leak-resistant reusable pull-up
diaper that has the added benefit of helping your child learn when it's time to go potty (a skill absolutely
crucial to achieving potty independence, and which makes potty training so much
easier!), with no stressful accidents.
Here's what you can expect to receive when you place your order:
Your own stash of reusable Antsy Pants™ Pull-Up Diapers in fun toddler colors. Choose how many diapers
based on number of changes per day and laundering frequency.
Flat inserts for night-time diapering if desired.
Full printed instructions for the diapers' use and care.
Our support during the whole time you are using the diapers, including our online FAQs and customer
service by email and phone.
Our full product guarantee. We stand behind the quality of our diapers one hundred percent. That's even
if you've already washed them, and even if your child has already worn them.
Every day your child stays in disposable diapers reinforces his habit of eliminating into a diaper instead
of the potty.
Place your Antsy Pants™ order today and start laying the groundwork for successful potty training.
Let me tell you, no corners have been cut in the making of this premium product. Antsy Pants™ Pull-Up Cloth
Diapers were engineered to perform to some pretty high standards (mine) and as such, the price tag may at first
glance seem high.
Bear in mind, though, that this one-time purchase also replaces the ongoing expense of disposable diapers. One
set can easily pay for itself in less than three months of use.
"When I put my son in an Antsy Pants™ diaper for the first time he just kept saying "I have
a green one" excitedly. He actually cried when we took it off."
Sabrina, Mommy to Lucas, age 2 1/2
Don't you owe it to your child to take this step? It's simple to get your own stash of the best pull-up cloth
diapers on the market. Just make sure you have your PayPal or credit card information on hand, click on the
appropriate link below and follow the instructions on the order page. Your Antsy
Pants ™ will be on their way to you soon.
The sooner you let Antsy Pants ™ take over the task of teaching
your child his body's elimination signals, the sooner you can be rid of daytime diapers once and for all.
Take a positive step for your child, your family and your environment right now.
You'll be so glad you did. And if your child has another six months in
diapers, the cost is only around $0.80 per day*!
Place your Antsy Pants™ order today and start laying the groundwork for successful potty training. Don't
delay; these popular toddler diapers are selling as fast as we can make them!
Renee J. Tice
Fly Baby, LLC
Makers of Antsy Pants™ Pull-Up Cloth Diapers
P.S.-I ran across a pediatric
study about potty training funded by Kimberly-Clark, the corporation that sells the Huggies® brand of disposable
diapering products. Their intention was to show that children aren'treadyto start potty training until they turn two and a
half. But in the process, they confirmed that doesn't have to be true, if you let your child learn from Antsy
Pants™ Wetting Feedback™.