I began incorporating cloth into our lives when my oldest was just a few months old. While it wasn't my original plan until my sister put it on my radar it was relatively easy and something I loved right away. It was fun to build a diaper stash, connect with other mom's and learn about other diaper options for my child. There is many benefits to cloth and I wanted to touch on the key reasons it became the right choice for us.
- Cloth diapers are better for the environment. I have to say I got immense gratification from not throwing disposable out in the trash but it wasn't until I actually read a little further did I realize exactly what I was contributing too. On average a baby will go through 7,000+ disposable diapers from birth to potty learning. Not only is this a lot of garbage but it's also a lot of garbage that's not going to breakdown! It will take years for those disposable diapers to decompose, 450+ years to be more exact.
- Cloth diaper are typically less expensive. On average a baby will go through around $2500 worth of disposable diapers from birth to potty learning. Cloth diapering systems can cost anywhere from $500-$1500+. $1500+ you say, well that's still quite a bit or money! Here is two things to keep in mind if you are looking at the higher number. Firstly high quality cloth diapers can be used on more then one child. For our family we had 3 children so the total cost for disposable diapers for us would have been a minimum of $7500 and that's not including the cost of disposable wipes. Secondly if only using cloth diapers for one child the cloth diapers can be resold when you are done with them. Return is based on condition but there is a great second hand market out there for most cloth diaper brands.
- Cloth diapers are better for babies. The ingredients used in disposable diapers can cause rashes and irritation on babies skin. While this might not be the case for every baby some children simply can't tolerate disposables diapers. Cloth diapers are more natural, the materials we use are blends of bamboo and cotton. Not only are these materials incredibly soft but they are also very absorbent and breathable.
- Cloth diapers are easier to use than you think. Cloth diapers have come along way from when granny was pinning them on your mother's bottom. Now they have simple snap closures, removable inserts for ease of washing. For clean up they have diaper sprayers that can be installed in your bathroom and wet bags to carry dirty diapers home when on the go. They usually are one extra load of laundry every second day which is pretty minimal in the grand scheme of family laundry in general.
- Cloth diaper are REALLY cute and they do a better job at keeping the poop where it belongs. Cloth diapers have really transformed in regards to design and fashion. The adorable prints and amazing fit really contribute to an enjoyable cloth diapering experience.