5 Reasons to use Cloth Diapers
So, my guess is you’ve finally started to become intrigued on how to cloth diaper your baby. That’s great! There are so many benefits for those who cloth diaper their precious babies. I am going to write all about how I cloth diaper my son and how you can too. This will be series of posts so be sure to stay tuned for more!
In this series, I’m going to talk about the reasons most people and I choose to use cloth diapers for our little ones.
Perhaps the greatest factor in determining whether or not to use cloth diapers with my son was the thousands of dollars I would save when compared to buying “sposies”. Here, I’ll break it down for you:
Let’s say the average baby will have a diaper change 6-10 times a day. Multiply that by 352 days in a year. 3520 sposies (at most).
Then lets say the average toddler is potty trained at 2 years old. Multiply 3520 by 2 = 7,040 diapers they will use until being potty trained.
Now, 26-36 diapers usually come in a jumbo pack which runs anywhere from $7-10 depending on the brand and sale.
So let’s use 31 as the amount of diapers in a pack as an average. 7,040/31=228 packs of diapers over 2 years.
Now lets use $8.50 as the average purchase of sposies. 228×8.5= $1,938.
So, over the course of 2 years, you will have spent almost $2k on sposies.
Now you may spend more or less depending on how often your little one goes, which brands you use and whether or not you use coupons, or even how long it takes for your little one to potty train but it will probably still be a hefty hunk of change.
Now, cloth diapers range anywhere from $5-25 per diaper on average. Some go even as high as $40 Per diaper. In fact, I just saw one auctioned off for over $100!! Those are the fancy ones that are hard to get.
Anyway, let’s say your lovely uses 10 per day. You need to wash dipes at least every 1-3 days to avoid mildew among other things. If you wash sooner, you’ll need less “fluff”.
So let’s take the average of washing every 2 days. That means, you’ll need at least 20 diapers to last til wash day. Let’s add 2 to that so that your little one has something to wear while all the dipes are in the wash.
Let’s take the average price of $15 per dipe. 22x$15= $330.
Now, let’s add in some other accessories that you’ll need: a diaper liner ($15), a diaper sprayer ($50), and a medium wet bag ($15, for travel). There are a ton of other accessories that are out there but in my opinion, I don’t NEED them so I won’t include those in the total which comes out to be $410 for all 2 years of diapering and more. Plus if you don’t potty training by 2, the savings will rack up even more.
So, $1938-$410=$1,528 in savings over the course of 2 years!
I did not include the cost of water however, because that varies widely by where you live, what kind of machine you have, and how often you wash. But I will tell you I’ve noticed an increase in my water bill by $3 per month once I started using cloth diapers. I wash every 2-3 days and own an HE washer.
Safe and non-toxic
Most cloth diapers are completely natural, free of any toxins. These diapers are organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp. They feel soft and rashes are non-existent when used right.
Disposable diapers contain the chemical called polyacrylic acid. This is the chemical responsible for the absorption aspect of the diaper. It starts off as a powder but becomes gel-like when wet. You may notice these gel-like beads if your little one has an extra full diaper and they begin to leak out. When your baby’s skin comes in contact with this substance, it may begin to cause rash and even lesions.
The next chemical in a disposable diaper is dioxin. This chemical is the by-product (result) of the bleaching process in production of the diaper. When it comes in contact with baby’s skin, it also causes rash and lesions.
There are a TON more chemicals in disposables so do your research and make your own decision.
Remember that amount of sposies used in a total of 2 years? 7,040. That is how many disposable, non-biodegradable diapers are filling up our landfills per baby while they are diapered and they will sit there leaching into our ground soil for approximately 5 years.
Now I never knew this until I began to use cloth diapers, but did you know that it is illegal to dump human waste into landfills? Yes, you still have to dump the stool contents into toilet before throwing in the trash. I don’t know anyone who does this but I was surprised to hear this fact. Just think, the more disposables people use, the more dirty diapers are getting absorbed into our soil, eventually contaminating our ground water.
Yes. I have been diapering my son for 9 months now and I have yet to have a blowout while wearing his fluff. As soon as my husband puts a disposable, there’s poo everywhere! It has to do with the elastic that cloth diapers have. It makes it much easier for me knowing that I don’t have to worry about having blow-out issues when out and about.
So darn cute
I mean, really? If you just Google “cloth diapers” under images, you’ll soon notice why some people become addicted. There are so many cute prints for both boys and girls. There are solids, patters, prints, sports, WAHM which offer customization. If you want a Harry Potter diaper, you’ll get a Harry Potter diaper! It’s that awesome. Of course, that will depend on how big your budget is.
So are you ready to use cloth diapers on your little one?
Then you’ll like The poop goes where? where I go into detail about how to wash cloth diapers.