I love my cloth diapers. I have only been using them for about 8 months now. I have one little girl who is 9 months old. We have successfully been using cloth diapers since she was a month old and I plan to do so with the children to come as well. Here are 5 awesome reasons why you should consider cloth diapering too…
Cloth Diapers are CUTE
Who loves changing diapers? Raise your hand! Oh wait… No one loves changing diapers. Who loves changing cloth diapers? Raise your hand! I bet 90% of cloth diaper mama’s will raise their hand. Seriously. The modern cloth diaper trend makes the boring, unexciting, mundane task of diapering so much more exciting! I mean really, look at this cute little bum:
It is fun for boys and girls alike! The cute prints are endless!
Cloth diapers save money
Here is the plain and simple truth (you can choose whether or not to accept it), cloth diapers save money. Now, I understand that it is a fad right now. So every time a cute new diaper print comes out people go out and blow a bunch of money on a diaper that they don’t need. Cloth diapering saves money if you buy what you need and stick with it. If you are going to be the person that buys cute new prints every week, this is not going to be a money saver.
Some people have challenged whether or not it really saves money. I mean when you think about the special laundry detergent needed and the upfront cost of the diapers and the higher water bill for washing the diapers. Even still, it is a much better deal to use cloth. ESPECIALLY if you are planning on having more than one kiddo. Check out this analysis to see how cloth is cheaper.
I know cloth diapers can be expensive up front. They range anywhere from $10 – $30 per diaper. The goods ones average at $22. It sounds overwhelming. Well, there are cheaper ways to get them.
- Get them used (if it doesn’t totally gross you out). You can buy them from cloth diaper swap and shop pages on Facebook.
- Wait for the brands you like to offer a special.
- You can typically buy a set from a specific brand you like which will be cheaper than buying them one at a time.
- Buy one size cloth diapers that grow with your baby. *If you buys different sized diapers for every stage of growth until your baby is potty trained, you most likely won’t save money*
- Are you having a baby shower? Ask people to donate to a cloth diaper fund!
- There are almost ALWAYS cloth diapers at consignment sales. Get there first though because they go fast.
Cloth diapers are better for the environment
Disposable diapers are NOT good for the environment. Here are a few facts I found from LIVESTRONG:
- More than 200,000 trees are lost every year to the making of disposable diapers (this is just for the US)
- Every year it takes approximately 3.4 billion gallons of fuel to make disposable diapers
- Disposable diapers use 20 times more raw materials, two times more water and three times more energy to make than cloth diapers
- It takes (hold your breath for this one) 500 YEARS for 1 disposable diaper to decompose. However, I am not sure how they come to the conclusion on this one.
- Diapers in a landfill can cause groundwater contamination
- Decomposing diapers release methane into the air
- It is a concern that viruses in human feces could end up leaking into local water supplies
Cloth diapers are healthier
Disposable diapers are made of many harmful ingredients. Click here to learn more about why they aren’t the healthiest option.
Cloth diapers never fail
When I say cloth diapers never fail, I don’t mean that it won’t be hard. You will have leaks and blow outs. There will need to be some trial and error to find what kind of cloth diapers work best for your kiddos. What I mean by cloth diapers never fail is this:
Let’s say the economy crashes, you got diapers for you baby’s bum. Got extra diapers? Trade a family member for some chickens or canned food from their garden.
Let’s say there is a snow storm and you can’t get to the store for a week– cloth has got you covered.
Let’s say inflation goes up SO HIGH that you couldn’t afford disposable if you wanted too; good thing you already had cloth diapers.
Okay, you get my point. Cloth is clean, healthy, and fun. Try it for yourself, I bet you won’t regret it!