In a land far, far away, cloth diapering meant huge safety pins and rubber pants. But times they have changed. Today you can get cute cloth diapers and just any print and color imaginable. But the question remains are they worth it. While every family is different and only will know if it works for your situation, here are some things to consider when considering cloth diapers.
Cost: The biggest advantage of using cloth is the savings. You aren’t constantly buying more because you are reusing the diapers. Since you don’t have to buy more constantly, the savings add up quickly especially if you end up using them for more than one baby. By the time the baby is potty trained, Consumer Reports estimates that families save $1,500 to $2,000 for just one kid.
However, these savings are lost if you opt for a cloth diapering service to cut down on time dealing with the mess.
Impact on the Environment: Since they are reusable cloth diapers are not going to the landfill. Some may still debate that water and energy are being used.
Potty Training Can Be Easier: Some parents claim that potty training cloth diapered babies works better because the babies are more uncomfortable in cloth and making it an easier transition to undies.
Ease of Use/Time: Cloth is a major commitment. Even newer hybrids versions require more work from the person that takes care of diaper duty; it’s more involved than just rolling it up and throwing it in the diaper pail.
When the baby goes poo you have to dump it and rinse it in the toilet before laundering the cloth diapers.
Travel/Daycare Limitations: A cloth diaper isn’t necessarily travel-friendly, carrying around a dirty diaper can be complicated and gross. But there are some awesome products on the market to make this much easier such as wet/dry bags. Some daycares may frown on cloth diapers and going back and forth from disposables during the day and cloth at night may not be the best option for babies or their caretakers.
Don’t want to commit to a cloth lifestyle fully but feel guilty about environmental impact?
Start small by buying a starter pack of cloth diapers to use at home, but keep some disposables for when you travel, take baby around town or at night. You may find cloth diapering is easier than it seems, and you may decide to stick with it.
Now you have some basic knowledge about cloth diapering if you have friends who have used cloth ask them what they thought about it. What they liked and what the didn’t like about it.