Cloth Diapering: A Cute, Cost-Efficient, and Simple Alternative to Disposables!

by Kate on March 20, 2013

in Frugal Living, Natural Mom, Simple Living

Swaddlebees Monkey One-Size Simplex Cloth DiaperI have been a bit absent in the last month only because I’ve been spending so much time reading up on and researching cloth diapers! Naturally, when I started researching baby stuff a few weeks ago, I was looking for ways to simplify whatever I could. There are SO MANY different products out there that big retailers will try to convince you you need and I really want to avoid falling into the trap of having rooms full of stuff we never use. Naturally, I also want to put my well-being and my baby’s well-being at the forefront. Enter cloth diapering!

Considering Cloth Diapers

I frankly hadn’t even considered cloth diapering until about a month ago. Heck, I hadn’t even really given much thought to diapers at all until I got pregnant. But once I started thinking about all the waste, cost and clutter that would come with disposable diapers I began looking for other options. I, like most of the rest of modern America, held the uninformed opinion that cloth diapers were:

  1. Inconvenient
  2. Messy
  3. Archaic
  4. Leaky.
  5. Ugly

In the past, they may very well have been all of those things, but modern advances have made cloth diapers:

  1. Easy-to-Use
  2. Leakproof (once you have the right fit and know what you’re doing)
  3. Rash-proof (Using soft, natural fibers generally means fewer rashes)
  4. Freaking adorable (The colors and patterns alone have sold me–See the picture at the top right!)

Convenience of Cloth Diapering

I suppose the “easy to use” description above is debatable, and frankly I won’t know how I feel about it until I try but disposables were sounding pretty inconvenient to me. I happen to live at the base of a very steep long hill…and my dumpster? It’s at the top. So every time I want to take out the disposables trash I’d have to climb up that hill. Seeing as I already procrastinate taking out the trash as long as possible…I figure trading walking up hills for doing 3 more loads of laundry every week (most people wash their cloth diapers every 2-3 days) seems like a nice trade.

Cloth Diaper Savings

Oh and did I mention you can save TONS? On average people spend between $2k-3k on disposable diapers from birth to potty training. Cloth? You could spend as little as about $300 (or even less if you’re open to buying used…but I’ll discuss that more in a later post). What’s more, if you have more than one child, you can generally use the same cloth diapers for multiple kids, and that’s when the savings really get ridiculous.

I’m going to start a whole series of posts on cloth diapering shortly and let you know what I’ve learned about each style of cloth diaper (there are tons!) and which ones I decide to use.

In the meantime, if you’d like to read up on cloth diapering, my favorite place to read about the different options is in the forums at diaperswappers.com.  The parents who post there are veterans and can tell you just about everything you need to know. You might also check out the Youtube channel of ObbsandLala. She’s got a whole video series explaining everything from the basics down to reviews or particular diapers and troubleshooting.

If you have experience using cloth diapers please feel free to comment with your thoughts and suggestions! I can’t wait!

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*In the spirit of full disclosure, links to products in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you decide to purchase any of the products I recommend. Know that I only recommend products that I have used and love myself.

*I am not a doctor, a nurse, or any kind of health practitioner. I’m just a gal with a pretty keen intuitive sense, great research abilities, and curiosity that is easily peaked. Please understand that my advice is really just another opinion and it’s for you (and your doctor) to decide the best course for your health and well-being.

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