Updated on November 19, 2016
Five Reasons to Consider Cloth Diapers
When you think of cloth diapers, what comes to mind? Do you think diaper pins, plastic pants, and spending hours scrubbing huge pieces of cotton every day? A lot has changed about cloth diapers over the last sixty years, and the way your grandmother used cloth diapers is a thing of the past. When I think of cloth diapers, I think of money saved, a smaller environmental impact, no poopsplosions, a cute fluffy bum, and convenience. Yes, I used the word convenience in reference to cloth diapers. If you’re just starting to look into diapering options for your soon to arrive baby, or if you didn’t realize there were options outside of disposable diapers, this post is for you. I’m going to cover the top five reasons you should consider cloth diapers!
1. Cost savings. Having a baby is expensive. Not only will you need a place for baby to sleep, clothes for baby to wear, and a way to transport baby around, you also need diapers. Lots and lots of diapers. Although the cost of a pack of disposables may not seem like a lot of money, when you tally up the cost of using disposable diapers from birth to potty training you might be shocked at the cost. If you potty train you child at age two and a half, and never put them in another diaper, that child will have had, on average, just over 6740 diaper changes. Even if you’re buying diapers on sale, you’re still paying $0.18/diaper (for a brand like Pampers or Huggies, significantly more if you’re going with a “green” disposable diaper brand). That’s over $1200 to diaper one child from birth to 2.5 years old, and that doesn’t even count the cost of wipes or a diaper disposal system. What does it cost to cloth diaper a baby from birth to 2.5 years old? You can buy a stash of 24 cloth diapers for around $500 for a premium brand like Funky Fluff. Enough cloth wipes to last you through potty training will cost less than $40. So that’s $540 to cloth diaper one child from birth to potty training vs. $1200+ to use disposable diapers for that same period of time. If you plan to have more than one child, you’ll pay another $1200+ on disposable diapers. With cloth diapers, you can use the same diapers on subsequent children, so it costs NOTHING to cloth diaper a second child. Not to mention that you can sell your cloth diapers when you’re finished using them and recoup at least 25-50% of your investment (or more). Have you ever tried to sell a used disposable diaper? I hear there’s not much of a market for that.
2. Less Impact on the Environment. We’ve all heard that disposable diapers can take anywhere from 250 to 500 YEARS to decompose in a landfill. Did you know that it’s estimated that in the USA alone, 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used every single year? There’s no denying that using a diaper that doesn’t get thrown in the garbage is better for the environment. If you’d like to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the amount of waste your household produces, cloth diapers are a great way to do that!
3. No Poopsplosions. What’s a poopsplosion? This is when baby’s poop explodes up and out the back of a diaper, and if you’re really lucky, it also explodes down and out the legs of the diaper. This is something that happens fairly often with disposable diapers. It’s such a common occurrence that there are actually products on the market designed to keep exploded poop off baby’s clothing… Guess what! Poopsplosions don’t happen in cloth diapers. When a cloth diaper is put on correctly, poop just doesn’t explode up and out of the back of the diaper. Sweet!
4. The Cute Factor. I know cuteness shouldn’t really be a factor, but come on! Have you seen some of the cloth diapers on the market these days? They’re adorable.
5. Convenience. Yes, I said convenience. Guess how often I’ve run out of diapers? Never. Guess how many times I’ve noticed we were down to our last two diapers and needed to run out to the store to buy more? Not once. How about time spent checking out flyers for sale prices on diapers? None. And rushing off to the store with both kids in tow to stock up on diapers? It just doesn’t happen. When we are running low on cloth diapers, I just throw them in the washing machine and get back to spending time with The Heir and Petit Prince. Maybe you don’t like doing laundry, but having a baby in the house means you’re doing more laundry anyways. Let’s be honest here, you’re not piling up all your dirty clothes, carting them off to the local river, and pounding them again the rocks for hours on end. It’s laundry. You dump it in the machine, add your detergent, turn it on, and WALK AWAY! It’s brilliant. I spend less time “hands on” with diaper laundry than I do just driving to the grocery store and walking in. So yes, cloth diapers are convenient!
Interested in trying cloth diapers on your baby? I’ve got a post all about the stuff you need to get started with cloth diapers! You can check it out RIGHT HERE.
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