I remember the first time I heard about people cloth diapering their babies these days. Seriously? I thought. I usethose old fashioned cloth diapers to clean my house. I could not imagine dealing with pins, toilet dipping, and nasty washing of rags. Well, I was way off!
Cloth diapering has come a long way. I was actually convinced by my dear friend Steph (of Scottsdale Moms Blog) of this money-saving solution. As everyone so adequately puts it…these are not your grandma’s cloth diapers. I use Bum Genius and LOVE them! Let me explain a few of my reasons for choosing cloth diapers over disposables.
1. Saves Money. Although cloth diapers are quite the investment up-front (a full supply with all the necessities can cost around $400), the amount you can save in the long run is so worth it. Steph as a helpful breakdown of the savings on her personal blog. You can end up saving around $2,000 per child with cloth diapering. Two things that have helped me save BIG are never buying disposables (except for trips) and registering for my cloth diapers so I received some as gifts. You better believe I triple stuff those suckers for night time, and I have had to get pretty creative on a few laundry days waiting for the clean diapers to be dry!
2. Environmentally Friendly. It’s not a big surprise that this is a good alternative to filling up land fills with dirty diapers. Although I’m not the best advocate for all things green, it is definitely an added benefit of cloth diapers. It is so nice not to have to make trips to the store all the time to buy diapers. I always have them on hand (if I keep up with laundry!)
3. Soft and Cushy. The fabric that is right up against baby’s most sensitive skin is so soft! They also make a nice cushion to fall on when your child starts walking. You can even use them as swim diapers if you take out the inserts!
4. Smell. My cloth diapers actually hold stink in better than any disposables I’ve tried. Maybe it’s all the padding, but somehow it prevents him from being a stink bomb. This can also be tricky because it makes it harder to notice a dirty diaper. I also can’t stand the smell of store bought disposables. Even when it is just a wet diaper, the smell of those chemicals are awful!
5. Cuteness Factor. Cloth diapers come in all different colors, styles, and patterns. I do realize that I am boasting about the aesthetics of what my child poops in. But have you seen these? There is nothing cuter than a baby running around in just a cloth diaper. And their little bums get so big and cushy! I actually had Kyler’s newborn photos taken with just one of his light blue diapers on. It was like a manly version of bloomers.
6. No poop. Well, lots of poop, but not in your trash can! The idea of a trash can filled with diapers filled with poop just grossed me out. Although there is still stuff deal with, I like the fact that the mess if flushed off in the toilet and the diapers are rinsed before washed. It is definitely added work and time, but it is something I prefer. That is just me!
Those are my reasons for cloth diapering. In no way do I think it is superior to disposables, it is just what I have found works best for me.
Do you cloth diaper? Do you love using disposables? Does the thought of having to wash dirty diapers gross you out? Do share!