Benefits of Using Cloth Diapers

Why?

I get asked this simple question all the time, “Why should I use cloth diapers?” Well here is where you will find my answer as to what are the benefits of using cloth diapers.

 

Cost Effective

Sure, each single or pack of cloth diapers may cost as much as a pack or box of generic brand disposable diapers but you get to keep and reuse your cloth ones. Those disposables are ruined with the slightest spill of juice or itty bitty tinkle. Those disposables end up in the trash and eventually in a landfill somewhere.

*Fun Fact* According to realdiapers.org, nearly $300 million have been spent in a single year just to discard disposable diapers compared to cloth diapers which can be used on average 200 times before being thrown out.

Benefits of Using Cloth DiapersNormally a single baby will go through anywhere from 2500 to 3,000 diaper changes in their first year alone. On average that’s about 8000 diapers by the time they are potty trained. With the above statistics, given that you keep up with proper upkeep and hygiene standards with each reusable diaper, a stock of 20 diapers would last you all year!! A 32ct pack of Huggies disposables will run you around $8.96. That will run you just over $2200 by the time your tot is using the potty. This cute 6pk of  LAIMALA AIO cloth diapers is $19.99 and with roughly 200 uses each, you’d only need about 40 of these to minimally suffice your 8000 diaper changes. That will barely run you $150 !

And I’ve received the worry of the cost to wash all those extra articles of clothing as well. This source did a full breakdown of their cost of diapers, inserts, accessories, detergent and cost to wash and found that it’s barely over $200 for upkeep. That’s a whopping $350 at best with this particular brand and only $550 for the full 8000 changes!!! Not to mention the time and gas it saves to make those special trips to the store. Think of all the savings! Of course, I always recommend having a few more than that typically so you won’t be caught off guard or without any but that’s all a personal preference. Not to mention these babies can be passed on to younger siblings or sold as gently used if kept in top shape so you’re getting even more bang for your buck. It may take a while to build up a stock supply due to higher cost per diaper but it will pay off in the long run.

Going Green

Some cloth diaper brands not only offer washable inserts (which you can save even more time and money by making your own) but also flushable inserts that make on the go diapering a breeze! Simply remove the soiled insert and flush or even compost to stretch your green thumb to your garden! Gdiapers are a great example of a hybrid diaper you can either use a cloth insert or their own Gdiaper biodegradable insert. Although they recommend opening said insert (they easily tear open) and swishing in the toilet with a toiled wand or swishstick to help the process (you can’t exactly friendly flush with these). That way you can prevent any plumbing problems due to EXTRA full diapers.

 

Ease of Mind

Compared to disposable diapers you can feel good knowing your many diapers won’t end up in a land fill somewhere, taking centuries (250-500 years!!) to decompose. You also know exactly which soft, absorbent fabric is against baby’s skin compared to the Bamboo-cloth-diaper-insertmany chemicals involved with making and stuffing a disposable diaper. Some materials used to make cloth diaper inserts and liners are cotton, ***** bamboo, hemp, and microfiber (by far the cheapest material) each super soft and absorbent and are good at wicking away moisture from baby.

It’s true that disposables may be more absorbent but some babies develop a rash reaction due to the chemicals in these diapers. And think about it, if given the choice, would you want to wear a plastic or paper set of underwear or do you enjoy comfortability of your cloth undies? Unless you go commando of course and obviously most of us don’t have that luxury. Just a thought.

 

So Fresh and So Clean, Clean

I may have shown my age a bit with that title reference but you should know, cloth diapers are off the chain!! OK I’m done with the late 90s/early 00s references (for this post at least). Cloth diapers have a plethora of designs and color schemes to choose from. There are also ones that actually look like denim, eliminating the need for shorts or extra layers when its warm out. Not to mention the many solid colors that can coordinate perfectly with your tike’s dress/skirt, meaning no need for a diaper cover altogether. There are so many themes for both girls, boys and gender neutral outfits such as dinosaurs, flowers, boats, polka dots, stripes and even your child’s favorite TV characters. A quick trip over to Amazon.com and you can find all your diapering needs as well as accessories such as diaper pails, wet bags, snappies, swish sticks, boosters, inserts and covers right at your fingertips keeping your baby looking stylish and feeling oh so fresh.

 

Do you have a favorite cloth diaper brand you prefer to use? Do you use cloth diapers at home and disposables out and about like I did (easier to not carry around a bag full of dirty diapers in my opinion)? Let me know in the comments what  made you decide to use cloth diapers as an alternative.

 

Not sure if you would like cloth diapering? Check out this Gdiaper Try Me bundle! It includes 2 size small Gdiaper covers, 3 waterproof liners and 20 flushable inserts. Let me know if how you like them.

 

 

 

51 thoughts on “Benefits of Using Cloth Diapers

  1. I have to agree on the use of cloth diapers. So much, much more less expensive and better for the environment. And to me, they just seem like they would feel softer, nicer for the baby. My kids are past this stage, but I have a grandchild on the way, any suggestions for a new mom?

    1. I used Gdiapers with my youngest but am considering trying some all in one diapers with our next one. Of course I will still use the gdiapers I already have as well though lol. If the parents are interested in cloth diapering, the Gdiapers newborn try me bundle bundle comes with 2 size small Gdiapers, 3 waterproof liners and 20 flushable inserts. It would make an awesome baby shower gift! I’ll add the link in the article.

  2. Hey, this some pretty useful information you got here.

    I’m not exactly a firm believer in going green, I mean, I like the idea, but it’s seems inconvenient to do sometimes.

    However, I am all about saving money.

    I will consider using these when the baby comes.

    Thank you for the advice.

  3. Going Green and Saving money is really a compelling reason to use the cloth diapers.
    I am happy they are so many designs – that is so cool.
    Great post.

  4. Ash,
    I grew up in the cloth diaper era. My brothers were 9 and 12 years younger than me. That means I changed a lot of diapers when they were babies. I had no problems with cloth diapers, it was all we had at the time. You learned how to clean them and put them on, it is an art to putting a square diaper on a round butt.
    I think people are lazy to use the throw away plastic diapers. Some complain of the cost, when as you showed it is less money to use the cloth. Some people wonder why their baby has a rash on their bottom all the time, like you stated they may have an allergy to the diaper.
    What do you think of designer diaper bags that can store the dirties until you get home.
    John

    1. There are “wetbags” as they like to call them that are used for stowing the dirty diapers until you are ready to wash them. But it’s awesome that you had so much experience with cloth diapering. I feel like if more people were educated on how simple it really is, they would probably make the switch just like I did.

  5. Hi Ash, you put forward a very good case for using cloth diapers. I really enjoyed reading your article.
    It makes perfect sense to me, you save money and save the environment, a win-win situation.
    However, we live in a throwaway society and I guess it is just a matter of educating people.
    Your article goes a long way in helping to educate people on the benefits of using cloth diapers.
    Thank you and keep up the good work!

  6. That’s really scary to think that our kids use approx. 8000 diapers by the time they are potty trained and that disposable diapers take 250-500 years to decompose.
    I don’t even feel like doing the math (8000 x 250)!

    I love the idea of having cloth diapers that look like denim, eliminating the need for shorts or extra layers when its warm out. This sounds very cute!

    Thanks for the great info.

  7. I used cloth diapers with both my boys, and I would never go back to disposable! It’s horrifying and sad to think how many disposable diapers are still sitting in landfill, and that they will be there for many, many years to come. We used Cushie Tushies and Baby Beehinds, which are the modern style (not the old folding kind) which made them super convenient – just like a disposable, no soaking required, and machine washable.

  8. My mom just had a newborn, she would totally love reading this. I hadn’t thought of recommending cloth diapers before, I will definitely have to look into this. Thanks for the points!

  9. Hi Ash.
    I am glad to see posts about cloth diapers. I used them when my kids were little. Simply because like you said it is more cost efficient and definitely helps with the going green and saving our planet. However, with my daughter I didn’t even have an option. She was allergic to a ton of things and so this was the route to take altogether. My kids are all grown now and reading your post really showed me how times have changed. I was surprised to see now they have different themes you can buy like the ones that look like the denim shorts. This is a cute idea. Thank you for sharing with us.

    1. Sorry to hear about your daughter but so glad that you were able to find these as an alternative. A little research sure goes a long way! When I first thought about using cloth diapers I had no idea of all the different types let alone colors and prints you could choose from either lol

  10. You can really sell cloth diapers. Disposable diapers have gotten so expensive these days. In the early years of child raising, the young couples can real do with the money they would save by going with cloth diapers.

    I was unaware of the inserts that you can flush. Thant is a great idea.

    so many designs to pick from that needs further exploration!

    Great Niche and post. Needed for the younger gen so they can make good decisions for their babies.

  11. Great post! I love all the new options and colors with cloth diapers, so I have to chime in on this. I think cloth diapers are great! After changing many cloth diapers, I know that they last a long time with far less uncomfortable rashes being caused. Disposable diapers may be more convenient to use b/c they don’t have to be washed, but do the landfills really need more of them? No. To me, cloth diapers are the best b/c the baby stays more comfortable. All you need are some cloth diapers and a washing machine and you’re set for quite some time. No need for quick dashes to the store to buy more of those scratchy disposable diapers.

  12. Wow… SO many good reasons to go with clothdiapers!
    My daughter is 4, so It’s a bit late for her… 😉
    But who knows what the future will bring? I’ll definitely be going the green route if I get the option. Until then, I’ll direct all my expecting friends over to your site.

    Thanks for some great information!

  13. I’m all for using cloth diapers and have used them for my twins girls of now 5 months old. However I noticed that they started leaking at the sides and have stopped using them since. Do I have to change them more often when I’m using cloth diapers? I’m willing to give them another go because I would love to save money and the earth, but I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong, or my babies just pee too much 😉

    1. It’s always a good idea to constantly check your babies’ diapers to prevent rashes but you can always add a booster to your cloth diaper. It’s just an added layer of absorbency 🙂 Hope that helps

  14. This is a great post packed with Information. A must read for anyone with a child in diapers and is leaning to cloth. Thank you so much.David

  15. I have always thought about switching to cloth diapers. You give some really good arguments for why we should use them and stop using disposable diapers. A few questions for you:
    1. What is your favorite brand of cloth diaper?
    2. Do you still use disposable diapers when out and about?
    3. What do you think is the easiest way to clean them?

    1. My daughter is too big for them now but I used the gDiapers brand for her but when she was younger, I packed an insert or two to change out her pee diapers and kept them in a plastic bag. If she pooped or got the shell wet then I also had disposables on hand. If I knew we would be in the car for a long time I used the disposables as well but that wasn’t that often. It’s not really hard to clean them, simply dump and wash (be sure to empty poop into the toilet however lol)

  16. Like your article and you’ve done a great job with the numbers. 8.000 diapers is massive impact on the environment. Definitely gets me thinking. I always perceived cloth diapers as an outmoded model. The one with the flushable insert sounds interesting.

  17. We always used disposable diapers for our children without thinking. Your article has certainly made me think about the wasted revenues we have needlessly spent. I thank you for bringing up my awareness for this. I may even pass on what knowledge you have passed to me.
    Thanks

  18. Great article. I’ve been thinking about making the switch to cloth diapers for a while, but currently using the twelve-hour diapers and as my kids sleep through I’m worried about them waking up wet and so disrupting their sleep. Have you found any brands of cloth diapers that can last twelve or thirteen hours without leaking?

  19. I am expecting my first grandchild and I have been having this debate with my daughter in law. They have a limited budget, and I just think that cloth is the way to go. The expense is much less, and they are really not that difficult to launder, etc. I used cloth on my children. I am going to bookmark this site and have her take a look. Great information!

    1. Yes, please do! There are also ways you can buy used cloth diapers if you’re interested in saving a tad more money. I see mommas post on the facebook marketplace all the time selling their stash.

  20. Excellent article! We need to get back to doing things the old-fashioned way! It is much more natural and healthful. We live in an increasingly artificial world, but our babies deserve better. Thanks for sharing these great benefits to using cloth diapers.

  21. Nice informative post! Going green and inconvenience is always the opposite sides of the same coin. A good reason is the saving of money. Seems the baby will feel more comfortable too. Thanks for sharing.

  22. From your post, cloth diapers are clearly very cost effective. I haven’t used them before, it nwoukd like to know whether they hold up well and can last for some time before getting unusable

  23. Cloth diapers that can be used 200 times sounds powerful and I think every parent should think of using that. Your inclusion of links where the diapers can be purchased is another great advantage to the readers and of course, to those who want to buy them straight.

    Having shown the differences between disposal and cloth diapers, it may be time to dismiss the Disposal ones.

    That was a good read and I wish you all the best.

    1. I’m so glad so many people agree that cloth diapers are a better alternative. Obviously no shame in those who do use disposables. Some people just can’t fit it into their schedules or lifestyles.

  24. I never thought about using cloth diapers but i see that there are alot of benefits in doing so. I’m glad I came across this website. Gonna go check out what else you have to say on your other articles. nice website!

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