NEW IBERIA, La., – New parents enter a whirlwind of choices when baby arrives – everything from whether the baby should sleep in the family bed to what kind of stroller they should buy. But one up-and-coming choice that many new parents consider today is whether to use cloth or disposable diapers.
According to Tereson Dupuy, the inventor of FuzziBunz® reusable diapers, cloth diaper usage is gaining significant momentum. “As shown by the steady increase in demand for our diapers and the amount of real-world and easy to use options, more and more moms are trying their hands at cloth diapering and making it a part of their child rearing practices.”
And it’s not just suburban moms who are turning to cloth diapers. Tinseltown is taking on the trend too. Anna Belknap, star of CBS’s CSI-NY, is a known FuzziBunz® fan, as are country music star, Brad Paisley, and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams. Madonna was recently spotted changing baby David’s cloth diaper and Dave Matthews and Maggie Gyllenhaal have been widely reported as a cloth diaper users as well.
MaryLenore Arsenault, celebrity publicist and owner of BopStarBaby, which provides gift baskets to new celebrity parents, says, “Hollywood’s elite new parents are always looking for the next best trend. Environmental friendly items, like FuzziBunz®, are definitely a hot item found in many of today’s A-lister’s baby nurseries. I wouldn’t be surprised if more and more celebrities made their cloth diaper duties publicly known.”
With environmental issues at a peak, it’s no wonder that today’s new parents are looking for greener options. According to statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 1960, there was almost no diaper waste. But by 1970, the EPA reports approximately 350,000 tons of diaper waste and by 2005, 3.6 million tons of diaper waste annually. In another EPA report, disposable diapers are documented as the third largest waste item in today’s landfills – a significant number given they are only used by a small percentage of the population.
While many parents can still opt for old-fashioned fold and pin diapers, many are turning to the newest modern option, pocket diapers, which include snaps or Velcro and allow for absorbency customization. And while disposable diapers come in one color, reusable diapers come in a plethora of colors and print choices, ensuring that today’s baby is sporting style from top to bottom.
Dupuy adds, “New moms are always telling me that they are pleasantly surprised at how easy FuzziBunz® diapers are to use and wash. Cloth diapering is nothing to be scared of – not any more with today’s modern options.”