Cloth diapering is one of those things that you love or hate. Love is a strong word, but I will say that I am glad we chose to use cloth diapers for all 3 babies. When we found out I was pregnant with Jack, we both had the idea that we wanted to use cloth diapers. We went to a local store learned all about the different types of diapers, how they work, and how to wash them. If you are on the fence or decide to go with cloth diapers after reading this post, I highly suggest finding a local class to attend. It was very informative and helped us make out final decision.
Environment: Did you know that a disposable diaper takes 450 years to breakdown? So, your kid’s diapers will be on this planet much longer than all of us. It’s pretty sad if you think about ALL of the diapers being used. One day there will be so many diapers that they will flood the streets. Ha! I doubt that would happen, but basically they never break down.
Cost: Based on most of the estimates I found online. You will spend about $700 or more on disposable diapers the first year. You will spend less in subsequent years because you will not need to use as many. Our cloth diaper and wipe stock was about $450. We purchased ours from a local store, so the diapers were more expensive than some you can find online. We did have to buy more diapers when Birdie was born since we needed diapers for 2 children, but only spent about $5o. Thanks Amazon! You have to spend more upfront, but you will save money. Especially if you have multiple children.
Non-toxic: Some disposable diapers have been found to contain toxins that can irritate your baby’s skin.
You’ll never run out: There’s no need to send the hubby out on a late night diaper run. You’ll always have diapers at home as long as you keep up with the laundry.
Cuteness: There is just something about a cloth diaper booty that gets me. Babies just look so dang cute in them! You can also find super cute covers. Picking out the designs was my favorite part about buying them! Also, cloth diapers are easy to use now! No more pins. You just snap and go.
Laundry: It seems like every time I need to do laundry, I also need to wash diapers. If you keep up with your laundry (unlike me), you probably wont have an issue. If you don’t wash them in time, they will get stinky. Not fun.
The poo: While you have to deal with poo regardless of the diapers you choose, you will be up close and personal sometimes. You do have to put the excess in the toilet. I’ll be honest and let you know I’ve been splashed by toilet water several times.
Other people: Most childcare facilities allow you to use cloth diapers as long as you provide a wet bag (bag that can hold dirty diapers). That doesn’t mean grandma will want to deal with them. While both grandmothers have changed a cloth diaper, they were freaked out at first. I usually have some disposables on hand just in case we need one of them to watch the kids.
Travel: We have never traveled with our cloth diapers. I always buy disposables because I don’t want to deal with washing diapers at someone else’s home or one the road. I’m curious to know what other cloth diaper mamas do, but I personally don’t know any!
As you can see, there are multiple pros and cons for using cloth diapers. I’m personally glad we use them because they are good for the environment, save us money, and are easy to use. If you’re on the fence, try to get into a local class so you can make the best decision for your family! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!