Not much says “baby” like diapers. No matter what, every parent needs diapers for their baby, and those ADD UP! Not only money but in your landfill. Because of this fact, so many moms are opting to cloth diaper. But, is cloth diapers for you?
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Cloth diaper pros:
You dramatically reduce waste going to the dump every week. On average, your baby can use around 6-8 diapers a day. That’s 56 diapers a week. That’s 2,912 diapers A YEAR going to the garbage. Don’t forget the garbage bags or diaper genie bags to collect them and the wipes as well. That adds up fast!
If your child has sensitive skin, it can be easier on their little bums!
They usually are more absorbent than regular diapers.
They cost less over time.
You’re avoiding skin exposure to as many chemicals.
Cloth diaper cons
You do have a higher start-up cost. When you add the diapers, the inside shells, and detergent it seems like a lot all at once. However, over time, you make your money back because you aren’t constantly buying more and more diapers.
You may need a strong stomach to be able to wash the messy ones. Especially at first when your baby’s bowel movements are sooooooooo runny it’s not always fun needing to wash those.
Your washer gets more of a workout with cloth diapers.
You have to wait for them to dry, so you may have diapers constantly hanging.
Daycares and babysitters may not take the baby if they are wearing cloth diapers.
What do I need to begin cloth diapering?
A baby (preferably one that poops a lot)
Your cloth diaper of choice and inserts. (Wellness Mama does a great job of explaining the different types!)
Something to spray them down
Free and clear laundry detergent. I absolutely love Tide’s Free and Gentle mix! I have sensitive skin myself and that’s why I find it great!
You can buy a wet pail, in which your diapers sit in water till laundry day, or dry, where they just sit in a bin. You can get cloth diaper specific pails now a days to contain the smell (especially for a formula-fed baby or after they start solids!) You need to consider things like:
Where will my pail be? A main bathroom? Nursery? Laundry room?
Is your pail at risk of getting knocked over by pets or kids?
Do you have a front loading or top loading washer?
Is your baby exclusively breastfed or formula-fed?
Can you get them out of the water without making a mess?
How often will you be washing your diapers?
How many diapers do I need?
At least 25. You always want more than you will probably need because you never want to be stuck.
How do I wash and dry them?
For exclusively breastfed babies:
Toss on a pre-rinse cycle with cold water
Turn on a regular cycle with your detergent of choice
Toss in the dryer or out on the clothesline.
For formula-fed, or babies that are started on solids:
Rinse the soiled diaper out (you can use something like this)
Repeat the steps from above.
If you have stubborn stains, try not to use bleach if possible! Try lemon juice, or baking soda and vinegar first. Putting them on the clothesline also helps because of the bleaching properties from the sun.
What are other people saying about their decision to cloth diaper?
Cloth diapers can be a little to think about! They may even seem daunting at first. However many moms swear by them for ton’s of different reasons. How do you like cloth diapers? Would you prefer cloth or disposable? Comment below!