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.
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.
Normally 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.
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 many 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.