The Messy, Eco-Friendly Truth About Cloth Diapers

Before I dive into the topic for this post, I’m going to tell an unbelievable story. When I had my daughter almost 10 years ago, she was the first great-grandchild for my grandparents and to say my grandmother was happy was the understatement of the century. So excited that she pledged to buy all her diapers for us. Every single one. I was almost ashamed to admit to other mothers this fact when I was in those diapering days and couldn’t believe my amazing fortune. Then I had my son and figured my luck had run out- but my grandmother simply said “I did it for her, I’ll do it for him”

And that’s my story. But I remember talking with a friend about this amazing gift my grandmother had given me and we actually attempted to calculate the amount of money my grandmother had saved me. Because the truth is, diapers are expensive and that expense adds up over time. This leads me to the topic of our blog post for today: cloth diapers. Any mother, after buying pack after pack of diapers, has probably wondered about cloth diapers and we are here today to break it down for you with our list of pros and cons of cloth diapering.

PROS

  • Cheaper than disposable diapers. It’s been estimated in a study last year that cloth diapering saves the average family roughly between $1500-$3000 per child.
  • More natural than disposable diapers. Because there are less chemicals, cloth diapers are much gentler on baby’s skin. They are also available in a variety of materials.
  • Better for the environment. It’s estimated there are roughly 20 BILLION disposable diapers placed in our landfills every year and it takes between 250-500 years for a single diaper to completely decompose. To say cloth diapers are much more eco-friendly is just the tip of the poo-sized iceberg.
  • You never have to worry about running out of diapers. No late night runs to the grocery, just a quick trip to the laundry room.
  • Possibly less diaper rashes. Because cloth diapers are less absorbent, diaper changes will need to be more frequent thus leading to less chance for yucky diaper rash.
  • Possibly earlier potty training. Another result of the cloth diapers being less absorbent is little ones will feel wet sooner and might prefer early potty training with this wetness awareness.

CONS

  • The mess. You won’t be able to just throw diapers away. You will be responsible for cleaning, sanitizing and disposing.
  • Initial investment is pricey. You have to spend money on the diapers you will be using and reusing.
  • More laundry. These diapers won’t be cleaning themselves, which means more laundry and higher water and electric bills.
  • As mentioned above, cloth diapers are less absorbent so there will be more frequent diaper changes.
  • Possibly more diaper rashes also due to them being less absorbent.
  • Less Convenience. These are less convenient than disposable diapers. When you are away from the house and have to change a dirty diaper, you won’t be able to just throw it away.

Do you have experience using cloth diapers? We would love for you to weigh in with your thoughts/pros/cons in the comments below!





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