Why We Switched To Cloth Diapers

Why We Switched To Cloth Diapers

I have found several perks to using cloth diapers instead of using disposables. First and foremost it is better for the environment.  Did you know that 92% of disposable diapers in up in a landfill and that it takes anywhere from 205-500 years for them to break down.

Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR. Now I don’t know about all of you but being able just wash and reuse is such a better option for us, and we have two in diapers right now.

How do you launder cloth diapers? 

Cleaning is super easy!  First, rinse out the yucky bits and then toss them in the washing bin. They also have invented a sprayer that hooks to your toilet to help with the sticky ickys.

Let me also say I’ve only had one diaper explosion with cloth diapers in the 2 years that I’ve used them.

Are cloth diapers gentle on the skin?

Another reason we turned to cloth is because it’s easier on baby’s skin. There are so many chemicals used to make up disposables it’s no wonder they get a rash. All of my children have very sensitive skin, with cloth your diapers are made up of cotton, bamboo, and hemp. Most diapers are made of organic materials that help wick moisture away to keep baby dry therefore keeping rashes away.

Cloth Diapers

Now let’s discuss the cost.

Disposable diapers cost about $62.50 per month, $750 per year, or $1,500 over the full time a child is in diapers. With cloth diapers, you can use the same diapers from birth until potty training.

Cost Breakdown.

Buying cloth diapers for one child can cost as little as $300. Dividing those costs by two children then adding energy and detergent costs to wash diapers at home, the total cost of cloth diapering one child is about $450 over two years, which averages $18.75 per month or $225 per year. For us that’s a heck of a difference. You can use them with each child you have and they often have a high resell value.

Rainbow Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers, better for baby and better for the environment! Who doesn’t love a super cute fluffy bum! You can get almost any print in these diapers, from space ships to Harry Potter and everything in between!

They are easy to use. This is why we love cloth diapers and hope you will too!

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Comments

  1. That’s wonderful that you found what works for you and your family. I never tried cloth diapers, but I have a few friends who swear by them.

  2. I absolutely love that you are using cloth diapers! I used them for a long time with my boys as well. I just felt like a better parent using them.

  3. Cloth diapers sound like an awesome alternative to regular diapers! Your baby is adorable by the way!! 🙂

  4. What is old is new again and cloth diapers seem to be a great option for people. It does seem to be labor intensive but cost effective and I like that.

  5. theclutterboxblog says

    My sister used cloth diapers and it was wonderful for her, she found them to be so much better. My sister-in-law though hated them, but she was always not at the house and so it was hard to deal with. I wish there was a way to make things more environmental friendly. Definitely something to be aware of.

  6. These look like they are much more cost effective than disposable diapers. And I would imagine that cloth would be more comfortable for the baby too!

  7. Cloth is a commitment but one that seems that a lot of people are making these days. I used cloth diapers inbetween poop diapers. Sometimes I hit it just right.

  8. It was all about cloth diapers with my eldest and second child. I don’t know why I started with the disposable ones in the first place. Nevertheless, I think cloth diapers are a lovely choice!

  9. Oh wow, I didn’t know cloth diapers were even a thing! I like that they’re better for the environment though!

  10. I thought about using cloth diapers when my kids were young, but it never happened. I love that people are thinking about it again. I think when I was a baby (ages ago) that was all they used and they’ve been making a comeback for a while now. I can’t believe how much material it takes to make disposable diapers! What a waste.

  11. Lindsey Mozgai says

    I really love reusable products! I don’t have kids but if I did I would for sure consider using cloth.

  12. I have used cloth diapers a few times and I love the concept since they’re more eco-friendly, but I’ll admit that I prefer traditional diapers. I love brands like Bambo Nature and The Honest Co.

  13. My mom used cloth diapers for all of use and always talked about how much better they were. I’m glad to see they are becoming a bigger trend these days.

  14. Loved cloth with all three of my littles. They all had incredibly sensitive skin and broke out in rashes before we even left the hospital. I was happy when we were home and could finally try the cloth, and we never looked back. Plus, super cute 🙂

  15. Ayana Pitterson says

    I tried, I promise you I tried. While I love the idea, and wish I could have been more disciplined to stick by it, I resorted to traditional diapers. Very happy to see that you are sticking through it.

  16. I never could bring myself to do the cloth diapering thing but it would have saved so much money! I wish that I would have now.

  17. I cloth diapered my son for a little bit when he was really tiny because he got a terrible diaper rash from disposables. I love all the choices of colors and patterns too!

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