by Margaret Murray
Betsy Larsen succeeded in what many mothers never dare to do. She bucked the trend of using disposable diapers when she opted for the controversial cloth.
Disposable diapers such as Pampers and Huggies have been the go-to choice for mothers for decades, and today around 90% of babies in the US are in disposables. Though Larsen did use Pampers for her first child Carter, now eight, she made the switch to cloth four years ago when her second son, Evan, was born. And she wasn’t the only one resisting the disposable trend.
“By the time I had Evan, I developed a group of friends using cloth so I had a lot more support and resources” Larsen, a Wallingford resident, says.
Larsen’s decision to go with cloth diapers was primarily for the environmental benefits. “I always felt really bad about using disposables with Carter. My husband and I are committed environmentalists and got a yucky feeling every time we threw away diapers.”