Without fail, every time someone learns that we cloth diaper their response is always a wrinkled nose and a “Really?…Why?” So, I’ll tell you why.
1) It’s cheaper to use cloth. We’ve got a budget, we’re paying back student loans, we’ve got a car payment, and we’ve got lots to save for in addition to our regular monthly expenses. There are few people in this world for whom money isn’t a factor. Let’s break it down, shall we?
An economy-size pack of Pampers (252 diapers) costs about $45. A newborn may go through up to 12 diapers a day, whereas an older baby probably uses about 8. So, I’ll estimate and say 10. That means the economy pack would last you about 25 days. 365 days per year/25 days worth of diapers=14.5 econo-packs per year. Multiply that by $45 and that totals $657. If your kid is in diapers until they are 2, that is $1,314 to diaper ONE child from birth to age 2. If your child potty trains earlier or later, you may spend a little more or a little less.
Here’s what we’ve spent on cloth. For Sophie’s first 3 months, we did a Kissaluv’s trial from Nell’s Natural Baby. Cost us $75. We had to buy 4 covers ($10 each) to use with these diapers, since they were fitteds, so another $40. We bought a wetbag-$20. After our trial ended, we purchased 20 Bum Genius 3.os for $18, so that was $360. Our cloth diapering total= $495. These will all be able to be reused with future children. Adding in the cost of detergent is not even significant-cloth diapers require a very tiny amount of detergent to wash (using too much causes residue on the dipes). As you can see, the cost factor is clearly in favor of cloth.
2) Disposable diapers are garbage. They feed into our consumerism. They’re on a baby’s bottom for a few hours (or sometimes only minutes!) and then they spend years and years in a landfill. I do not want to contribute more trash to a landfill, especially trash that takes so long to break down.
3) Disposable diapers are full of chemicals. Chemicals that are right next to your baby’s genitals. Since disposable diapers are relatively new to our society, we do not yet know the effects these fact may have on the fertility of our children when they reach adulthood. However, these chemicals are making almost constant contact with a baby’s genitals for a matter of years. That can’t be good, can it?
4) They are not as hard as you may think. Pins? Covers? What do yu do with the poop? These are all things that flash into people’s minds at the mention of cloth diapering.
Pins-Very few people use pins anymore. Pins are used with prefold diapers only, and I have never used prefold diapers. Most people who do use prefold diapers now use a handly device called a Snappi that secures a prefold together. Like this:
Then, you would use a cover, to make the diaper waterproof. All that doesn’t really apply to use, because we use pocket diapers-where the absorbency is slid into a cover-so you only have one piece to put on baby. Like this:
Easy peasy right? But…oh my word…what do you do with the POOP???
Welp, here’s a newsflash that all parents, cloth diapering or not, know: Dealing with poop just comes with the territory of being a parent. So…what do I do with poop? Well, I put it in the toilet of course! Right where it belongs. I’ll elaborate.
Warning: Poop talk ahead!
When Sophie was a baby, before she ate solid food she was exclusively breastfed. Her poop was like mustard and had practically no smell. It wasn’t very gross at all, actually. And, being breastmilk poo, it was completely water soluable. So, I did not spray it, did not swish it in the toilet (like the olden days of CDing), nope…I just put it straight into the diaper pail, and then put it straight into the washer. Poop in the washer? Yep. And I’ve never every found remains of poop in my washer after a rinse cycle.
Now that she eats solids, her poop is formed. So, after I clean her bottom and put a clean diaper on her, I take it to the bathroom and plop it in the toilet. Not hard. When she ate purees and her poop was sticky, I’d use toilet paper to wipe off as much as I could, and didn’t worry about the rest. Again, not hard.
Laundry- “Doesn’t it take you lots of time to do diaper laundry? And then you have to stuff the diapers?”
I do diaper laundry every other night. Rinse cycle-wash cycle-extra rinse-dryer. Sophie likes to help me stuff them the next morning. We’ve gotten into a good rhythm with it and the frequency of diaper washing has never made me feel overwhelmed.
5) Cloth diapers are cuter.
There’s no denying it.