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I was lucky enough to give birth right as disposables came on the market. Today the problem with cloth diapers is that you are swaddling your child in a mishmash of chemicals, if you have city water. Our water will kill a small animal if not adequately filtered imho. For example, we never have problems with bladder infections, with our male cats, if we give them only filtered water.
If we give them city water they will usually start having problems within a week. Our water has lots of flouride and chlorine in it which can be absorbed through the skin. I like the idea of using cloth diapers, if possible, but there are many more pros and cons than you listed which could make a real difference in price over the long haul. Thanks for making such a strong point with humor!
GREAT post and a must-read for any parents or parents-to-be! We used cloth diapers almost full-time with our daughter disposables for travel and difficult days - never had leaks with the diaper cover, very few rashes, and washing was something we had to plan for but was not a big deal about every 3 days.
As for cleaning — a dry pail with baking soda for wet diapers and not-so-messy dirty diapers, and a bucket with lid! We never had problems washing, and only very minor staining. Our daughter was toilet-trained for poos by 14 mo. With our second child we are using disposables a bit more going out and about and at night — life is just way too hectic right now with baby and toddler to get around to that extra load of laundry!
Cloth is definitely the more cost-effective way to go! I lost the fight then… Perhaps with baby 2? Great article!
Thanks for doing the math. My wife and I have a 7 month old son and decided early on that we were going to use disposables for this kid at least. The reason: we had a baby shower and entered everyone who brought in a package of diapers into a drawing for 3 prizes. For those of you who want to use disposable, but are trying to live frugally, make diapers a staple of your baby shower.
It pays off big time. Stay tuned to learn from my mistakes. WOW Kerry thats awesome!!! I really enjoy reading this one!!! This is a great article. I confess, my absolute over arching issue was with the environmental impact. I would pay more for cloth in order to reduce the waste. But there are so many more reasons to go cloth. They potty train faster. And some of these people are otherwise quite environmentally conscious.
I dunno, we have some pretty fancy modern appliances nowadays. Well, my mum did it. Her mum did it. Her mums mum did it and probably had to hand wash then toon. Looking to DIY install our own. Kerry, we used cloth diapers on my son but as soon as he was able to object, he objected strongly. He screamed whenever we tried to put one on and ripped it off immediately even if we managed to. We tried, but the kid has something to say about it too.
I really enjoyed reading about your diapering adventures. I have only used dPampers. I have a 5 year old who was potty trained 2 weeks before turning 3 and an 18 month old that I have not yet started potty training. And I do think your time needs to be taken into consideration. Especially when you have more than one child. I barely have time to go to the bathroom myself most days.
And also you really need to shop around on prices because I have never spent more than. Using cloth might be and probably is still some what cheaper and for sure better for the environment.
Another option is to use years for the timeframe with each company, vs. Save your money. I picked a weekend where we had no big plans. Save Big. Wow great information!
But this girl is all about convenience these days. I recycle and do a few other things to try and do my part to help the environment. But I do commend everyone who uses cloth diapers. I used cloth on all my three, and rarely had a problem with diaper rash. With each of them, I bought a tube of diaper rash cream before they were born, and ended up throwing it away not even half used when they were trained.
I washed the diapers every second day, and never noticed an odor. I know it made a difference, because a few times I had run out of vinegar and they did get a rash. The cheapest and most environmentally friendly solution — whether you use cloth or disposable — is to potty-train as early as possible. The first one was trained more conventionally. Hi, I totally agree on using cloth diapers. When my kids were little that really all there was available and we survived just fine. I notice with my grand children that they are wrapped up in disposable diapers which makes me wince.
Infants are born knowing not to soil themselves, and we actually train them to use a diaper. Then after a few years we have to train them to NOT use a diaper. My son is 7 months now and because I am a student I can only purchase diapers every three months but I make my diapers three cases last about 4 months and they are Luvs.
I have done the comparison on cloth diapers and disposable and so far It is about the same if not cheaper for my luvs. And since I have a newborn nephew, all of the diapers my son grow out of goes to his cousin even if it is because very diaper makes a different when you are on a budget. And if you check out you grocery outlet they sometimes have diapers. I just got a bunch as gifts and because I have an HE machine my soap will go much further as I also have very soft water.
Not only that but I recently found information on making my own wipes so going to save another bundle there too. Now I am even more sure that I will buy cloth when the time comes, and hopefully get a used set for cheaper!! Great post. And most people focus more on the convenience when using disposal. Another option is to use a cloth diaper service. We tried every brand and type under the sun and they all gave her horrid rashes. Finally out of desperation we tried cloth to see if that would help her rash. Were talking a bum that had not been rash free since the first diaper.
Especially with number 2 on the way. I always assumed cloth would be cheaper, but the numbers are amazing to see. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! We did install the spray gun, easily. For a more expensive not much more so option you also have flushable liners which catch the poo so you can just chuck it down the toilet.
Kerry, you mention this in another post, but I would reiterate, kids, parents and nappies are all widely different. It is very much worth your time to borrow a few different varieties before buying up a nappy stash as you will almost certainly hate one type and love another. And your opinion will be widely different from your best mummy friend. The work has been minimal, even with a newborn going through a gazillion nappies. We also have a stash of about 40cloth wipes and chuck those in the bucket for washing too.
We keep the clean ones in a cheap lunch box with a bit of bicarb and water. Ooh one more saving tip, have a stash of the old skool terry squares. Even worn out cloth diapers have a resale value. Ask your local diaper service what they charge. Chances are they have none in stock BTW. Great info! You should definetly add in the savings if you use cloth wipes.
With my little lady I am all about cloth and we also use cloth wipes. This is one of the easiest to read. But what about value of time? How much time is used in washing? New parents are so busy that most of them are probably better off with disposables. But I think even low income family can benefit from using disposables.
If you are smart about buying disposables and buy in bulk from certains places when they are on sale Superstore, Costco, Wal-Mart, Target , you will not be paying. That price per unit will make a huge difference on your bottom line. Majority of people I know that cloth diaper do not do it full-time. If you are buying disposables for travel, long car trips, sleeping, outings, daycare, etc.
Again, majority of cloth users I know myself included , do not use them from birth to potty training. Most seem to give it up after a year or so especially if both parents are working outside the home. If you only use them for a year or so you are losing money on the initial investment. Re-sale value. They are only worth what someone will pay. They were used very sparingly and in pristine condition. From my experience, cloth did not save any money and ate up a lot of extra time with the laundry not to mention the extra clothes laundry as the cloth seemed to leak way more than disposable.
And I know many would disagree, but there is not a huge environmental difference. Just my two cents. For instance, what type of detergent is used? Most clothes detergents contain chemicals that break down bio matter while dry. These chemicals build up in diapers making them less absorbent and prone to leaks.
Disposable was never an option for our family. Our son is 10months now. We used disposables for the four days we were in hospital and we will never ever put a disposable on his bum again. Even my husband scoffs at the idea that its so much hard work. Often when people are passionate about something i. I came at this from a very neutral standpoint and did a lot of research and talked to what I feel are professionals on the subject I have a few friends that are environmental engineers.
Eventually I came to the conclusion that diapers in general are not great for the environment. Cloth diapers can have a smaller impact if they are used the majority of the time not switching back and forth and you follow a strict washing schedule having enough diapers to only wash them times a week and line-dry them. You can get true cotton or hemp diapers but they are very expensive and not as readily available.
In the grand scheme of things, diapers are not that big of a deal environment wise. In short, I would never begrudge someone for using cloth diapers I used them myself for a time. And the popular brands bumgenius, fuzzibunz, etc. It really comes down to personal choice. If cloth works for you, great. If you truly want to have the least environmental impact AND save money, use old fashioned flat cotton diapers the ones that are folded and pinned with plastic pants. Just my two cents worth. Sometimes less if we find them cheaper. We look for good deals and stock up when we can.
This seems to work out well for our family and is quick and easy, too. Also, as someone else already mentioned, play the diaper contest game at your baby shower. We did this and received hundreds of diapers. Some are back in storage now for the next child, as my son outgrew them, but this saved us lots of money. Just something to think about if you are not going to cloth diaper.
If you are willing to save money and not buy the most expensive diapers, Pampers, etc, it is very doable. In the end, you just have to do what works best for you and your family! However, there are many benefits to cloth and you can very easily resell them when you are finished diapering babies for added value. My biggest advise is to find good deals on your cloth diapers to begin with. Whenever I consider purchasing more cloth diapers, I visit a webpage that lists out all of the cloth diaper clearance sites. I always find a great deal!
Absolutely love this… your writing is so clear and real! I was convinced after child 1 who at month 33 is still messing around argggg that Im not spending that amount of money from my budget to buy disposables again. This solidifies my drive towards cloth diapering.
Much cheaper than Bed Pads. Next, avoid milk and citrus within 2 hrs of bedtime. Restricting water is a common cause of bed wetting! It causes constipation and a slight headache. To help children get over bed wetting, amongst other remedies I get great results by having kids drink a big glass of water before bed! While I was pregnant with our first baby, this article convinced me, and more importantly my husband, to look into cloth as an option. I made cloth wipes out of used receiving blankets free!
Thank you Kerry, for this article and for doing the research on how to build a great stash. You have changed how my family lives and saves green! Also all those dire warnings about early potty training have no scientific basis. Diaper Free Before Three discusses the actual evidence. Prior to disposables, the average age for potty training was 18 months for boys now it is 3 years 2 months for boys , and earlier for girls. Disclaimer: We do all three cloth, disposables, and ec but certainly do not look down on people who do one or another.
As a bed wetting coach,all of my little age 6 to 26 clients missed their toddler night training. Basically a child has to go to bed comfortable in mind,and body. I find that most older bed wetters had a problem — emotional or physical — that started it at age 3 or 4 years. I do offer a free Toddlers Training ebook on my site, or see my youtube video at the DryKids Coach channel.
I used disposables on both of my children 6 years ago. But I really am curious …. What do you do with your diapers when you are not home? We traveled a lot when my children were younger and I am just curious, what do you do on trips where you are away from home for days at a time? Your numbers are wrong. There is no way we go through the average number of disposable diapers you claim. Cloth diapers are nasty. Gross x 1,, And this article provides a cost analysis breakdown between the two diaper options and also includes links on how to create a cloth diaper stash on a […].
Okay, I am on the fence with cloth vs. It seems if you make a large investment in the reusable that you must at least get diapers to even see the benefit within the first year. I guess if I resorted to air drying the diapers, and liners that would bring the cost down. But again, storage of the dirty diapers and cleaning of the poo filled ones. My daughter usually does the number 2 business at least times daily. Thanks for the great post. I highly doubt a load costs 75 cents!!! You need to factor in the costs of hydro, water, and detergent. Many places in Canada have a high, mid and low peak hydro times.
Then there are people that consider their time to be worth something. Many would rather use that time for hobbies, relaxation or other things. Which in their mind is worth something to them. Cloth Diapers are the way forward for parents as that is the only way we are going to preserve the environmkent. If you really want to save money on diapers I would suggest Elimination Communication. With our cloth diapers we took our savings to a whole other level with elimination communication. We stopped using diapers completely after 18 months with my daughter and 22 months with my son.
And with EC you also save on laundry costs because you have less diapers to clean. I am cloth diapering twins! So you can imagine after doubling everything how much we save. We have enough diapers for 3 days worth of changes but was every two days. Most of yhe cloth stashes I see are about the same size as my twin stash.
Another factor in saving money is multiple child can use the same stash. Some of the cloth diapers can be hand me downs for your next children. For me its not just about the money situation, I love the prints and colors. I love the idea of less trash. It is honestly less messy, smelly, and gross than disposables. I wish more people would be open minded about cloth. I get so many upturned noses. I must say that I have never liked the smell of a disposable diaper.
They are horrific when soiled, but even before they are used, the smell is very offensive to me, regardless of the brand of diaper. I am looking forward to trying cloth diapers with the little one on the way! Nubunz and Sunbaby. Nubunz is where we ordered mine. My husband was NOT onboard the cloth train, so we had to go disposable. Not too shabby. After three years of cloth diapering, I […].
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When it comes to saving, cloth diaper would be a very good choice. We have been using cloth diapers on our baby since he was six weeks old, and we have never looked back. I am so pleasantly surprised by how easy it has been. I also got very lucky— my sister-in-law had purchased about 30 diapers, used a few, and decided prematurely! Not sure exactly how much I spend on laundry, but I have a HE washing machine, I wash it all in cold water with one extra rinse, I use Ecos detergent which is not pricey at all AND does not hurt the environment and use vinegar in the rinse, and I hang everything up to dry.
The diapers always come out fresh and clean. I can throw a load in and later hang it up to dry in less time that it takes me to get the baby ready to go to the store. Leaks— we very rarely have leaks. I will say, you must be a little more vigilant with cloth diapers and change them more frequently, but no baby should sit in his own waste for hours anyway!
I see it as a plus. I just check him more often. Our baby has not ONCE had diaper rash, either. We have saved SO much money. Our babies, after all, are the ones who will inherit our planet. Thankfully my husband is on board with going the cloth diaper route — I think the money savings won him over! Cloth diapers are no harder than disposables, and until your baby starts solids, you can just wash the entire diaper — poop and all no lie! Even though none of the websites seem to mention what to do with formula fed pooh, weird right? Our son just turned 2 months, and we only started using cloth diapers this week.
He was a skinny preemie, and the cloth diapers, no matter how sized, were just HUGE on him, even the newborn sizes. I had about 4 different kinds on hand to experiment with over my maternity leave. I wish I had known about my newly discovered and now absolute favorite cloth diaper, SoftBums!! They adjust perfectly from newborn through potty training. Can be used with inserts or as a pocket diaper. Is there a price on not getting pee on you? However, great to keep on hand for family and babysitters since even easier than snap-on inserts.
It is unfortunate that the people who need to save money the most simply cannot afford the initial cost of a cloth diaper stash, so thank you for posting a link to help people build a cheap but dependable collection. Our plan is to donate our cloth diapers to a needy family who at least has a washer and dryer when our little guy is potty trained.
We decided to use cloth diapers because of cost, and because of the impact on the environment. Bottom line, using cloth diapers is extraordinarily easier on the environment. I am not going to wrap them in a plastic bag full of chemicals that were cheaply made and then chuck it on the earth to never biodegrade. We tried a variety of cloth diapers and going the trial and error route to see what we liked ended up costing us more than it should have. Overall, our cloth diapering experience has been great and I would highly recommend!
Hubby and I unexpectedly had twins.. Btw, twins poop and pee a LOT. They were pinned on her with regular infant diaper pins and her rubberpants were from Comco Inc. I didnt mind washing the cloth diapers and the rubberpants and knew we were saving money. She didnt mind the cloth diapers and rubberpants as they made her feel somewhat more secure. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Price Check: Are cloth diapers worth it? Or are they a bum deal? Kerry K. Taylor T Parenting. Who knew such a teeny tiny preemie could make such a big mess? Chloe fired again.
This time I shall not say, but the diaper died a miserable death. Chloe: 2 Pampers: 0 Wearing a hazmat suit for my third and final round of combat, I managed to corner the target and secured the troops. Squawkfox: 1 Pampers: 0 You bet your bottom dollar, and my cost-crunching results might just make ya pee your cloth lined pants. From newborn to potty trained. How many diapers die? The cost of disposable diapers. The cost of garbage removal. The cost of cleaning cloth diapers. Disposable Diapers.
This is where my husband nearly crapped himself by volunteering for loads of laundry. So where am I going with this? A few diaper facts to consider: From U. Environmental Protection Agency : In , disposable diapers accounted for 3. From Environment Canada: 1.
Over 4,, disposable diapers are discarded per day in Canada. From Green Living Tips : Disposable diapers take about years to break down in the environment, possibly much longer in a landfill. Love, Kerry. Pin 2K. Share 5K. Related Posts. May 15th, 26 Comments. May 12th, 15 Comments. May 7th, 19 Comments. May 7th, 78 Comments. May 7th, 30 Comments. Beth July 9, at am. Peggy July 9, at am. Amandyg July 9, at am. Connie July 9, at am. Jules July 9, at am.