Tinkle Bell Diaper Service Santa Barbara

Providing Premiere Cloth Diaper Services to CA's Central Coast

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Benefits of Cloth Diapering

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Wondering if cloth is for you?  Get all the information you need at an upcoming cloth diapering class

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Let’s dispel some myths & discuss the many benefits of cloth diapering:


Cloth diapering has come a long way - there are MUCH better options now than when our mothers and grandmothers were doing it! Long gone are diaper pins; modern cloth diapers are easy & adorable. In addition to our very cute diaper designs, the new adjustable diapers offer the perfect fit every time! You can expect to experience fewer blowouts and leaks with cloth diapers than with disposables.


  • Disposable diapers contain Dioxin, a carcinogenic chemical, Tribytly-tin (TBT), a toxic pollutant, and sodium polyacrylate, which increases the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
  • Baby's poorly developed outer skin layer absorbs 50 different chemicals if you use disposable diapers, wipes, and standard baby products.
  • That is a LOT of chemicals! By cloth diapering, you are reducing your baby’s exposure to plastic, chlorine, polyacrylate, and other chemicals that haven’t been proven safe for use on anyone, especially babies!

See the Real Diaper Association’s reports on chemicals in disposable diapers

Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a relatively new phenomenon that surfaced in tandem with the use of disposable diapers and is now found in half of all U.S. babies. Diaper rash goes hand in hand with chemicals, which irritate your baby’s skin. Now imagine how comfortable a clean, natural, soft cotton diaper feels on your baby.


Tinkle Belle Diaper Service's mission is to make your home a greener place, one baby at a time.

  • In the next 5 minutes, another 200,000 throwaway diapers will enter landfills.
  • Disposable diapers are the third largest consumer item in landfills and represent 30% of non-biodegradable waste. Cloth diapers are the epitome of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
  • 250,000 trees and 3.4 billion gallons of oil are used every single year to manufacture disposable diapers.
  • Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.
  • The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amount to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth. Additionally, using our service instead of washing at home will conserve even more water and energy.

These are just a few of the statistics available on the havoc that disposable diapers wreak. See more stats at Real Diaper Association. What a difference we can make by switching to cloth!

Potty Training Sooner = Money Saved!

Babies that use cloth diapers normally potty train around 2 years old, 1 year sooner than babies using disposable diapers because they are more aware of the wetness and connect the sensation faster.

Convenience & Reliability

Tinkle Belle Diaper Service offers convenience & reliability from the experts! Let us do the research and the dirty work for you–we are a resource and a one-stop-shop for all your cloth diapering needs. Enjoy the peace of mind & spend that extra time with your family instead!

Community Support & Training

  • Tinkle Belle Diaper Service is the only local cloth diaper laundering & delivery service. We hold complimentary cloth diaper workshops where you are invited to come ask questions, get your hands on diaper samples, and meet other like-minded parents.
  • The Santa Barbara County Cloth Diapering community is growing, so know that you will have local support!
  • Upon your initial delivery, you will also have an in-home personalized consultation. We will make sure that you are 100% confident about cloth!

Not convinced yet?  Check out these FACTS from the Real Diaper Association:

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Real cloth diaper facts. No drama, no spin. Just reliable studies on cloth diapers and the implications for your baby. 

  • In 1988, over 18 billion diapers were sold and consumed in the United States that year.[4] Based on our calculations (listed below under "Cost: National Costs"), we estimate that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S. [13]
  • The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system. [4]
  • Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill. [4]
  • In 1988, nearly $300 million dollars were spent annually just to discard disposable diapers, whereas cotton diapers are reused 50 to 200 times before being turned into rags. [4]
  • No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone. [5]
  • Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste. [5]
  • Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp. [3]
  • The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth. [3]
  • Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR. [6]
  • In 1991, an attempt towards recycling disposable diapers was made in the city of Seattle, involving 800 families, 30 day care centers, a hospital and a Seattle-based recycler for a period of one year. The conclusion made by Procter & Gamble was that recycling disposable diapers was not an economically feasible task on any scale. [17]
  • Cloth Diapers, Dryness, and Diaper Rash
  • The most common reason for diaper rash is excessive moisture against the skin. [19]
  • Newborns should be changed every hour and older babies every 3-4 hours, no matter what kind of diaper they are wearing. [20]
  • At least half of all babies will exhibit rash at least once during their diapering years. [20]
  • Diaper rash was almost unheard of before the use of rubber or plastic pants in the 1940s. [21]
  • There is no significant difference between cloth and disposables when it comes to diaper rash. [22]
  • There are many reasons for rash, such as food allergies, yeast infections, skin sensitivity, chafing, and chemical irritation. Diaper rash can result from the introduction of new foods in older babies. Some foods raise the frequency of bowel movements which also can irritate. Changes in a breastfeeding mother's diet may alter the baby's stool, causing rash. [19]

Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers: Cost

  • We estimate that each baby will need about 6,000 diapers [7] during the first two [8] years of life. The following estimates are based on prices in San Francisco, California.
  • Disposable Diapers Cost. Disposable diapers cost about $62.50 per month, $750 per year, or $1,500 over the full time a child is in diapers.
  • For these calculations, let's assumed that a family needs about 60 diapers a week. That number will be higher for newborns and lower for toddlers. The best-selling disposable diapers on the two top-selling websites for disposable diapers cost from $.17 to $.31 each. This averages to $.24 per diaper.

Disposable diapers will cost about $1,500 for the average child for two years in disposable diapers, or about $62.50 a month. [9]

National Costs. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were just over 20 million children under five years of age in 2010. We could probably assume that there are about 8 million children under two and therefore in diapers at any one time. Based on previous studies, we estimate that 5-10% of babies wear cloth diapers at least part time. We will average these figures to 7.5% of babies in cloth diapers and 92.5% in disposables. This means that about 7.4 million babies in the U.S. are using 23.1 billion disposable diapers every year. [13]

Diapers and Health

  • Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S. [1]
  • Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) - a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals. [2]
  • Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome by increasing absorbency and improving the environment for the growth of toxin-producing bacteria. [3]
  • In May 2000, the Archives of Disease in Childhood published research showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers, and that prolonged use of disposable diapers will blunt or completely abolish the physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for normal spermatogenesis. [18]

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What Clients are Saying

We choose cloth diapers for our family because they are simple to use, low environmental impact, healthier for baby's skin, and more cost effective.
Emily Kuhn