Cloth Diapers: the healthy, convenient, and environmentally smart choice for you and your baby

Benefits of Cloth Diapers and Our Diaper Service

#1 Reason .. It’s Easy - we make it convenient today to diaper your baby the healthy way -- while reducing your carbon foot print for tomorrow.

Sweet Cheeks Delivers!

Better for You

  • low upfront cost to try our convenient service - No admin fee to get started. No need to purchase diapers. No charge to change diaper sizes or for additional diapers (with reason)! No long-term commitment.
  • save you time and energy - no dumping of solids, no rinsing, no soaking, no stripping or washing of diapers. We do it all in our computerized energy efficient washer with 180°F heat cycle where diapers are Ph balanced test and finish in our environmental laundry process. We use the energy and water of 2 children to wash 7 children’s diapers when compared to home washers.
  • reduce overall cost of diapering your baby - On a weekly basis, our service costs about the same as using brand-name disposables. BUT, because every cloth diaper is a “feel and learn” diaper, babies on average potty train 6 to 12 months earlier than babies in disposables, you save money!
  • reduce your time spent buying diapers – To the Door NOT the Store. Who needs to be lugging home the bulky bags or big boxes of disposables. With Sweet Cheeks is all about your convenience. We provide you with enough diapers that is consistent with your usage so you will not run out. And did I mention this is to your door?
  • reduce the fuss - Today's cloth diaper uses velcro and snaps on the cover, NO pins.
  • reduce foreign imports - Most disposables you buy are made in the US not here in Canada. That’s $1.5 Billion that does not stay in Canada or our local economy. All we get is the waste collection bill. Our government collects more taxes from our diaper service with job creation here than is collected in the sale of equal numbers of disposables.
  • reduce your water and sewage bill - With our service, you do not have to remove solids from the diaper. As a home washer or a disposable user, you would be dumping and flushing each time. In HRM, a 6 liter flush costs 1 cent and average flush costs 2.5 cents. If you wash your own diapers, a typical top load washer uses 138 liters for full cycle. Every extra liter of water used, adds to your water bill.

Much Better for Your Baby

Guide to Less Toxic Products

Want to reduce your baby's exposure to toxins? Checkout the helpful guide at: Guide to Less Toxic Products (by Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia).

Note the section that outlines the benefits of cloth diapers over disposable diapers.

Asthma Prevalence
Birth - 19 Years in Canada

Asthma Prevalence - Birth to 19 years - in Canada
  • reduce (or eliminate) your baby's exposure to potentially harmful off gases and chemicals released by some disposable diapers. Did you know that asthma has increased almost 400 percent in children since 1985? Is it a coincidence that this sharp rise tracks the increase in market share enjoyed by disposables who added sodium polyacrylate to diapers in that same year. That superabsorbent polymer that can absorb 100 times its weight in liquid. This Chemical addition revolutionized disposables by reducing change rates between leakage making your child’s diapering phase seem easier. Asthma has been on a slight decrease in recent years from its high’s of 12 percent. You will also note a higher cloth usage today then the late 90’s.

    For more information on VOC’s off gassing from disposables, and the support for our Diaper Service (formally Fall River Laundry), see web page: Diapers/Diaper rash - Baby Care Section on Environmental Health Association of NS website, called "Guide to Less Toxic Products". Visit their website www.lesstoxicguide.ca
  • reduce time in diapers - That's right! Your baby will be trained earlier on average because every cloth diaper is “feel and learn” diaper. Our cloth-diapered babies are usually fully trained (including night time) around 26 months!
  • reduce diaper rash and cream use - Our diapers breath better and are PH balanced so are gentle to baby's skin. A precondition to diaper rash is the need for a diaper. Early potty training means no diaper. No diaper means no diaper rash. Check any big box store for diapers that fit a child weighing up to 125 lb. It’s no joke.

Better for the Environment

  • reduce landfill - We presented a study to HRM’s Waste Committee in 2002. Then, children’s disposables accounted for 4.8% of the waste stream at a cost nearing $2,000,000 /year to tax payers. In 2006 this number dropped to 4.6%. As support for a diaper service in HRM, Council added our business to the community page of the Green Cart News letter (Fall River Laundry) for you.

Environmental Impact of Disposables in Landfill

Test Soiled Diaper Soiled diaper on scale
Test Diaper in bucket Disposable diaper in bucket of water (one hour)
Test Diaper - Wet and absorbed more than 7 times it's soiled weight Wet disposable diaper on scale: diaper absorbed more than 7 times it's soiled weight

Sodium Polyacrylate (SAP) a super absorbent polymer that can absorb 100 times its weight in liquid was added at a rate of 5 to 6 grams per diaper originally in 1985. Today’s new, thinner disposables have less wood pulp and more SAP: 10 to 15 grams per diaper. This product is un-regulated for its use in disposables.

Soiled diapers heading to landfill can absorb 7 times their weight on average (From our trials. See pictures right). HRM’s landfill is a leachate collected landfill. All landfills are anaerobic processes while sewage treatment systems and compost facilities are aerobic. This means landfills generate CH4 methane while sewage and compost systems do not.

Methane is 21 Times more harmful to global warming than C02 off gassing that occurs in landfill, sewage treatment and compost processes. Roughly equal tonnages of methane to C02 occur in landfill while only C02 occurs in the other processes.

Disposables are like chemical sponges that can absorb leachate once in landfill. This results in leachate being with-held in an anaerobic landfill by the chemical diaper not allowed to be collected and transported for compost like other leachate.

Each ton of Disposable diapers can generate 7 times more methane then any normal ton in landfill. They have the greatest generation of Green House gases of any ton in landfill with leachate collection as they work against the landfill design of collection and treatment of leachate.

Home washing or the use of a Diaper Service generates no waste methane. Incurs no cost for waste collection to landfill and extends our landfill life while reducing our Provincial green house foot print. All the while keeping our money in our local economy as these disposables are not made here in Canada just disposed of here in Canada.

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It really is TIME FOR A CHANGE! Give Diaper Dan a call today: 902-860-0011

Serving Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia from our location in Fall River, Nova Scotia.

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