Cloth diapers aren’t exactly the “go-to” diapering option these days. After all, the media doesn’t show cloth diapers being used and disposable diapers are marketed all over! You almost can’t flip through a magazine without a disposable diaper advertisement. Truth be told- I didn’t even think cloth diapers were still an option when I had my first baby 6.5 years ago.
Cloth diapers were introduced to me by my sister-in-law. She had decided she was going to cloth diaper her new baby. I’ll be honest- I totally questioned her. “Why do you want poop in your washer?!” I’d ask her, “How does it actually save money when you add in the higher water and electricity bills?” And then I’d get a little interested and look at them…. “You’re going to spend THAT much money on something he’s going to poop in?!”
Yes, yes. These are just a few questions I asked her while questioning her sanity. After all, I had a baby and this was her first. I had seen first hand the kind of stuff that comes out of a baby’s bum! It wasn’t until her baby and my second baby were over 1 year old when I decided to start using cloth diapers too!
I’ll be really honest. Cloth diapering seems really expensive in the beginning. You need to grow your stash to a usable size which is roughly 25 cloth diapers. A diaper stash can cost anywhere from $300-$800 depending on the style/brand you choose. Yes, this sounds really overwhelming especially when you’re thinking about all the other things you need for a baby. But when put into perspective, it’s the cheaper option. Diapering a baby then toddler in disposable diapers can cost between $1,800-$2,400. That’s a HUGE difference. Think about where that extra $1,000+ could go! 😉 And did I mention that you can use the same diapers on subsequent babies? The more babies you have equal more savings!
Did you know that it takes a disposable diaper hundreds of years to decompose? That’s a whole lot of trash from one tiny human! While you are using water and electricity to wash your diapers, it’s not near as bad for our planet than the thousands of diapers sitting in our landfills from even just one baby! To take the eco-friendly thing a step further, you could also line-dry your diapers instead of putting them in the dryer. The sun is a natural bleach and will actually help remove stains!
Support small business! If you’re the type of person that enjoys shopping local and supporting small businesses, then cloth diapers are seriously a thing to look into! While the disposable diaper companies are HUGE corporations, many cloth diaper manufacturers are very small businesses. Some cloth diaper companies, like Bumgenius, Smart Bottoms and Thirsties, are also made in the USA.
Can you get cute photos like this from a disposable diaper? The answer would be a simple, “no.” Cloth diapers come in many solid colors and adorable prints. There’s something for everyone to like! In fact, my older kids have always enjoyed picking out the diapers for their little brother. And my middle child actually learned most of her colors from picking out cloth diapers with me!
Today’s cloth diapers are much different than the diapers used by our grandparents and great-grandparents. They have also been modernized and made simple for today’s parents. You have choices! Some people even have access to diaper services that wash the diaper for them! Some communities may have local retailers that offer a cloth 101 class! No more folding, unless you want to; and no more old fashioned diaper pins, unless you want to! Today’s cloth diapers are as simple as a disposable diaper just instead of throwing it in the trash, it gets thrown into a diaper pail and washed later!
Cloth diapers are really a great investment! Even if you don’t cloth diaper 100% of the time, then at least you are contributing to helping the planet and keeping some money in your wallet. Now tell me- why do you cloth diaper? Or what’s holding you back??
Going to MommyCon? Be sure to attend the Cloth Diapering 101 session with Cotton Babies‘ Founder and CEO, Jennifer Labit! She’ll discuss all the things cloth diapering related, including how to get started!