Ah, yes. Diapers. Literally the last thing that comes to mind when thinking about having a baby. But let’s talk numbers. In the years from infancy to training pants, your baby could use nearly 7,000 disposable diapers! (Don’t even get me started on twins; 14,000 diapers!!). If we estimate that at a cost of between $.17 and $.25 per diaper, it adds up to over $1,500 in diapers for just one baby. So I’m you’re thinking, “is there no other alternative?” Well, yes there is: the old fashioned way.
Cloth diapers have been around, literally, for ages. It’s the go-to answer for many moms and dads worldwide to their babies...needs. So why are they usually so unpopular in our country? Today we talk about 5 reasons to stop buying disposable diapers and start buying, cleaning, washing, and brightening cloth baby diapers.
They will save you a lot of money. - You can build a cloth diaper stash for anywhere from $100-$500 depending on the style of diaper you choose. That stash will not only last through one child, but can be reused for multiple children. Remember to wash them with gentle baby detergent, so as to not irritate your babies’ skin and to protect the fabric for years.
They are, actually, very easy to use. - Washing a cloth diaper is as easy as flushing the solid waste down the toilet, then rinsing, washing, and drying your diapers just like a regular load of laundry. Depending on the fabric, they can be washed on any kind of water at any temperature. Any gentle or baby detergent works fine, too. You can use either liquid detergent or laundry pods.
Cloth diapers are great for the environment. - Every year, billions of disposable diapers are produced and used in the U.S. Valuable resources are consumed to produce these diapers, and they in turn create millions of tons of waste to be dumped into landfills. Many even have plastic fabrics that make them imperishable! Using and rewashing cloth diapers eliminates this waste.
Both cloth and disposable diapers mean you’ll have to deal with poop. - If you have a baby, you know what we mean. If you don’t - be aware that you’ll be dealing with poop. Eventually. Constantly. It doesn’t matter which kind of diaper you’re using. So why not make the switch to the more affordable and eco-friendly alternative? ;)
They are reusable. - If you're using all-in-one diapers, you only need around 40 - 50 for as long as your baby uses them! (Yes 40 diapers for 2 or more years) When they wear out, they can be used as burp towels, washcloths, changing pads, or whatever you need a soft cloth for. Just throw them in the washer, place a couple of laundry detergent pods, use your go-to washing cycle, and - Bam! - you have new diapers. Be sure to protect your baby’s skin by using gentle detergent, unscented is preferred. Most babies, and many adults find that using harsh detergents will bring breakouts on their skin, even worse on sensitive areas of our skin.
The good news about cloth diapers is they have a high resale value. If you are thinking about giving it a try, there's no harm in doing so! If you don't fall in love, you can always resell the diaper. But we assure you’ll fall in love with the idea of saving up hundreds of dollars.