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We made the switch to cloth diapers when baby was just shy of 6 months old. It was one of the best decisions we’ve made so far in our parenting journey.
Now, I want to tell you why I love cloth diapering. I love it SO MUCH. I hope this helps you if you’re intimidated by it or thinking about making the switch.
1. Cloth Diapering is CHEAP!
Before switching to cloth, we used disposables that were delivered right to our door every month. It cost $80 for a month’s supply of wipes and diapers. We only spent $261 for all of our cloth diapering needs, but we could have easily spent less. Now, the only monthly cost is the slight increase in our water bill. We pay $8-$10 more every month for water spent on diaper laundry.
Living on one income isn’t easy, so only having to pay $10/month for diapers is 100% worth it.
AND if we have more babies, we will be able to use the same diapers.
2. I never imagined how EASY it would be.
When I was thinking about switching to cloth, I had so many questions. Does it smell? How do you clean them? How often do you clean them? What about wipes?
We use one-size pocket diapers, so they fit all ages, from newborn to 2 years. We don’t have to worry about having too many of one size or running out of a certain size.
It doesn’t smell. The diaper bag contains the smell so well, even in the hot months and after several poopy diapers.
Use reusable wipes and throw them in the laundry every day or other day with the diapers. Hang them to dry so they last longer and save on electric.
3. NO blowouts!
Blowouts are extremely common with disposable diapers. Cloth diapers have lots of room for lots of poop. We have never experienced blowouts with cloth diapers. Woohoo! Less mess = happy mom 🙂
4. NO diaper rash.
Diaper rash is typically caused by excrement touching baby’s sensitive skin, but can also be caused from tight-fitting diapers or specific brands that baby’s skin doesn’t respond to well.
Since switching to cloth diapers, my baby has never experienced diaper rash. There are several possible reasons for this: I change her quickly (the most probable reason), cloth diapers contain zero additive chemicals, and cloth diapers fit loosely around the crouch.
5. It’s more environmentally friendly.
According to the EPA, disposable diapers generate over 4 million tons of waste every year. Disposing of urine and fecal matter in landfills has the potential to harm the environment and spread disease.
Using cloth diapers, you plop waste into the toilet. Nothing goes to the landfill and what’s filtered out in the wash goes through your city’s water treatment facility.
6. There is less trash in the house/no smell.
When we used disposable diapers, we had to take out the trash every other day! It was impossible to mask the smell in our 700sqft house. Now that we’re using cloth diapers, we take out the trash every other week and we don’t have to worry about the house smelling like baby poop.
7. They have fun patterns!
I know, I know. Many disposable diapers companies are putting fancy designs on their diapers now. However, you only have the option for one pattern per package of diapers, whereas with cloth diapers, you can have as many patterns as you have diapers!
Having lots of pattern options makes diapering even more fun, especially during special events and holidays.
8. It’s possibly easier to potty train.
This may be an old wives tale. I’ve been told that because there isn’t anything in the diaper to absorb pee, babies are more aware of their wet bottoms, so they are easier to potty train. We are not quite to that point yet, but when we are, I will update you on our experience!
Do you love cloth diapering? Tell me why below!