As I mentioned in my Starting My Cloth Diaper Stash post, we’ve chosen to use cloth diapers with Little Miss. Before I explain why we chose to use cloth diapers, let me say that I am NOT the cloth diaper Mom that is going to bash anyone for choosing to use disposable diapers. I did it, with two kids. I have no right to point fingers or call names. Just saying.
So, why cloth diapers this time?
When we started planning for Little Miss, I started hearing a lot of buzz about cloth diapers. Chances are, the buzz was their beforehand, I just couldn’t hear it. I started doing some research, all the while thinking “cloth diapers are what our Moms used and they were ugly, right?” Right?
And then I realized how much money could be saved using cloth diapers.
Little did I know, when my other two were babes, that it is estimated that a child will use 6,000 diapers from birth to age two. My kiddos didn’t toilet train until age three. We probably used somewhere near 15,000 diapers between the two of them. Oh my! And we could only use one of the popular (i.e. expensive) brands, because everything else broke Mister out. Since we had to use them on him, we automatically used them on her. I didn’t keep track of our actual diaper costs, and I did use coupons as often as I could. That being said, the diapers we used averaged 25 cents per diaper (before coupons, etc) which is roughly $3750 in diapers. That’s some serious cash, folks!
After realizing how much we could save (we could have a stellar stash for less than $500), I was still a bit hesitant. All of the cons (i.e. myths) of cloth diapering ran through my head. Things like: cloth diapers are ugly, dirty, and inconvenient… WRONG. In fact, cloth is way cute, has fewer chemicals, is better for baby’s skin, and stinky diaper is a stinky diaper no matter how you shake it.
I decided I wanted to give cloth a try, and then I had to get Hubs on board. His initial reaction was, “NO WAY.” Then he softened to “You can use cloth if you change them all.” We have a friend that works for a cloth diaper company, and I casually mentioned that Hubs was not completely on board with the whole cloth diaper idea. In less time than it took me to take our kids to the bathroom, she had him convinced.
For us, it really was an economical decision to use cloth diapers. Yes, I have to wash more laundry. Yes, I have to put a little bit more thought into what I pack in the diaper bag. Those are small trade offs for us.
Plus, those are SO much cuter than disposables –>
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share with you some of the cloth that we’re checking out, and tell you what we think so far.
What kind of diapers do you use (if any) and what helped you make the decision to use them?