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comment Are modern cloth diapers really cost efficient compared to disposible diapers?
@Beofett true, renewable energy is not the majority, but it can be an affordable choice for some. There are now 5 states that have the Windsource program available, allowing residents to opt in for 100% of the electricity they use to be purchased from wind farms, at a cost of around $10 per month. As of 2011, only 58,000 households were enrolled (myself included), but it is an option for a larger number of households than I think most people realize.
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comment Are modern cloth diapers really cost efficient compared to disposible diapers?
Not to say it isn't a valid point that people should consider whether $200 per year really is worth the additional effort of washing diapers at home (I think this is an under represented point of view in this discussion actually), just clarifying
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comment Are modern cloth diapers really cost efficient compared to disposible diapers?
You mentioned in another comment that your disposable cost is $584 a year, so $200 per year in savings is a 34% cost savings. Perhaps the straight number of $200 is not significant to you, but in my mind saving 34% justifies the term 'major', regardless of the actual straight number. My answer is based on a 25 year old washer and a 35 year electric old dryer held together with duct tape (pretty much worst case scenario for efficiency).
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comment Are modern cloth diapers really cost efficient compared to disposible diapers?
Your use of the term "environmental cost" is ambiguous. Electricity is a renewable resource (or can be) but landfill space full of plastic diapers is non-renewable.
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comment Are cloth diapers really more environmentally minded than disposables?
You need to clearly define "environmentally minded". The study Treb mentions shows that: "Electricity use for nappy care is the most significant single contributor to the impacts assessed". In my mind, electricity is a (potentially) renewable resource, whereas plastic landfill space is non-renewable. Where I live, we have the option to pay $10 extra per month to have all of our power bought from a wind farm, so the cost savings of cloth diapers can be put to offset the environmental impact of increased electricity use at home.
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comment What are the pros and cons of a chicken-pox party vs immunization?
I had shingles at age 29 and it was horrible. I am not the type of person who complains about pain, I work through it and figure I am stronger for having dealt with it. With shingles, it was a crippling pain. I didn't sleep for 3 straight nights (at all) because the sharp stabbing, ripping pain came in waves so intense it would cause my body to curl into the fetal position. I was unable to carry on a conversation because of the pain. Only after I started taking narcotics was I able to sleep. If there is any way to minimize the risk of that happening to someone, I support it.
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comment What are the biggest expenses for a new baby?
Agreed about induction, I think doctors want to cover their asses for liability reasons and not go past 42.5 weeks. State law even dictates midwives have to transfer care to an MD at 42 weeks. Going in, we had a doula and were dead set on a natural birth, but once 42.5 weeks rolled around, she wasn't comfortable going any longer. In retrospect, waiting another week would probably have been a good idea
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comment What are the biggest expenses for a new baby?
The total cost pre-insurance was 60k, so our portion was the 3k deductible and then a percentage based coinsurance after that. We were in the hospital for 7 days, 3 days of failed induction followed by a c-section and then recovery. We went in at 42.5 weeks for the induction
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answered What are the biggest expenses for a new baby?
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answered Are modern cloth diapers really cost efficient compared to disposible diapers?