4 Convincing Reasons to Use Cloth Diapers!
Want one convincing reason to use cloth diapers? You are at the right place! Here are four(!) reasons why you should consider using cloth diapers for your little one!
PS. How do I know they are convincing? My own husband said ‘Ýes’ to cloth diapering after hearing these very same reasons! 🥳🥳
1. Money Savings
Some people point out that cloth diapers are expensive. Reputable brands can be as expensive 30-70 USD a diaper new! And that’s just for a single diaper! If you compares this to disposables with are about 0.15-0.55 USD a diaper, the choice seems clear right?
What is being ignored here is the fact that cloth diapers can be:
- washed and reused multiple times (my initial stash is still going strong after 1.5years!)
- customised for different situations
- shared among different children!
While the initial cost of cloth diapering is greater than disposables, in the long run, your savings will be huge. At the current average cost of about $.20 per disposable diaper, you are looking at spending between $1,700 and $2,200 on disposable diapers for your baby over the next 2 1/2 – 3 years. Add in disposable wipes and the ubiquitous diaper genie refills and you’ve brought the total up to about $2,600!
Pocket diapers (I use a mix of Charlie Banana and Mama Koala diapers) are generally accepted to be the best combination of ease of use and economical value. Cloth Diapering a baby in one-size pocket diapers for 3 years costs about $250-500 (assuming a small stash of about 24 diapers). A baby in disposables will run about $1200-$2000 depending on the price of their diapers and how old they are when potty trained. That’s a minimum $700 savings with cloth!
Let’s compare them in detail! Below are the numbers for each type of diaper, for only one baby:
24 diapers with microfiber inserts (about 2 days worth of diapers for a newborn, 3 days for older babies) = $160 for Mama Koala
$480 for Charlie Banana
12 bamboo inserts for extra absorbency = $25.99
5 large hemp inserts (optional, for super heavy wetters) = $32.99
Total = $300 – 700 (accounting for some water and electricity use as well)
Savings of $500 to $1500! 😲😲
For the 1st year:
11 diapers per day for 30 days (1 month) = 330 diapers
9 diapers per day for 60 days (2 months) = 540 diapers
7 diapers per day for 275 days (9 months) = 1925 diapers
Total – 1st year = 2795 diapers
For subsequent years:
6 diapers per day for 365 days (12 months) = 2190 diapers
So, if your baby potty trains at 2 years (some do, some don’t), that would equal
2795 + 2190 = 4985 diapers
If your baby potty trains at 3 years, that would equal
2795+ 2190 +2190 = 7175 diapers
4985 diapers at .25 a piece = $1246
7175 diapers at .25 a piece = $1793.75
There are also ways to save even more money such as using cloth wipes and homemade wipes solution and air-drying your diapers. And did you know that you can also make approximately a 30% return on your investment by selling your diapers after your children have outgrown them? Wow!
Parents of twins are especially conscious of ways to save money. Cloth Diapering is popular in the twin community because of its great value combined with ease of use.
Did you know that you can also make approximately a 30% return on your investment by selling your diapers after your children have outgrown them? Wow!
Are you convinced yet? Cloth diapering is the cash gift that keeps on giving haha! The longer you use them (and the more babies you cloth diaper 😉) the more money you have saved!
2. Safe and Healthy Cloth Diapers
Cloth diapers are usually composed of natural materials with very little exposure to chemicals (if at all!). Contrast this with disposables… Not so fun fact, disposable diapers contain many chemicals that many governments across the world do not allow in any other products 😨😨😨
When we realized that our baby’s most delicate areas were being clothed in these harmful diapers 24 hours a day, thus increasing the potential health risk, we knew it was time to switch to cloth.
Not convinced of the health risks for disposable diapers? Let’s take a look at some of the nasties inside each diaper that goes on that precious, soft baby butt:
A by-product of the paper-bleaching process that goes into making disposables. It is the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals and has been shown to cause birth defects, skin and liver disease, immune system suppression, and genetic damage in laboratory tests.
The amount found in a single disposable is very small, but your baby’s overall exposure after years of diapering is significant, so why take the chance?
2. Sodium Polyacrylate
The chemical that is responsible for making disposables so absorbent. Sodium polyacrylate can absorb up to 100 times its weight in water to rats, it has caused hemorrhage, cardiovascular failure, and death. This chemical was removed from tampons in 1985 when it was linked to toxic shock syndrome but it is still found in your baby’s diapers!
3. Commercial Dyes
The dyes found in disposables are another health problem and can damage the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver. Researchers from the Archives of Environmental Health also recently cited the chemicals emitted from disposable diapers as a possible asthma trigger and an article from ABC News reported that disposables may be linked to infertility.
Before I did my research, I had no idea that disposables could be so potentially harmful to my little one! When we realized that our baby’s most delicate areas were being exposed to these harmful diapers 24 hours a day, thus increasing the potential health risk, we knew it was time to switch to cloth.
When our parents were babies, 100% of children were diapered in cloth. Now that number is only 10%. With the increase in the use of disposable diapers over the last 50 years, diaper rash has also risen from 7% to 61%, with 16% having severe rashes (!!!)
Diaper rash is now considered by new parents to be normal, when it is not!
I, for one, have not needed diaper cream for Little J since he was a really tiny newborn (and I only applied diaper cream because I read/heard that it was supposed to be a standard thing??) Neither have the vast majority of the cloth diapering parents across multiple Facebook groups!
What is our secret? Do our babies just have great skin? 😆😆😆
Obviously not! The culprit behind diaper rash is the waterproof nature and absorbability of disposable diapers (two features that sound great but really aren’t!).
Disposables are not breathable and that keeps your baby’s skin moist and susceptible to the rash.
The absorbability of the diapers also prevents many parents and caregivers from realizing that a baby needs to be changed, which causes human waste to be left against your baby’s skin for too long. Yikes!!! 🤮🤮
Pocket cloth diapers are special in that they are waterproof (as long as they aren’t left on for hours at a time) but the special laminate still allows air to circulate and keep your baby’s skin dry.
Babies in cloth have a radically lower incidence of diaper rash (about 7.1%) and their sensitive skin also does not have to deal with the perfumes and chemicals added to disposables. As an added bonus, that is also less money spent on diaper creams!
4. Save the Earth! 🌎
Perhaps the most compelling reason to use cloth diapers lies in that fact that we need to conserve Earth’s resources.
Disposable diapers generate significantly more solid waste and use more energy on a per-diaper basis than cloth diapers. Every baby clothed in disposables accounts for the use of 4 1/2 trees just to make the stuffing that makes the diapers so absorbent. (That’s 7 million trees per year in Britain alone!)
After use, when the diaper goes to the landfill (where it takes 500 years to biodegrade) human waste is introduced to the landfill. This is unsanitary and creates a breeding ground for diseases in addition to a possible danger to groundwater!
Disposables represent the 3rd largest single item (after newspapers and food/beverage containers) in the municipal solid waste stream. Imagine how toxic and disgusting our landfills are due to disposable diapers, with each baby producing 6-12 diapers every day. For about 3 years each.
Although some people worry about the amount of water it takes to clean cloth diapers, the fact is that cloth diapering uses even less water than disposables!
Although some people worry about the amount of water it takes to clean cloth diapers, the fact is that cloth diapering uses even less water than disposables! The amount of water needed for laundering is roughly equivalent to adding another adult to your household. An adult would probably flush your toilet 4-5 times a day, which is about the same amount of water you will need for your cloth-diapered baby. In the end, disposable diapers use 37% more water during manufacturing than home-laundered or diaper-service-laundered cloth diapers do throughout their lifetime!
If you are at all concerned for the environment (and you should be!), the environmental impact of using disposables can be a very convincing reason for using cloth diapers.
PS. this was the reason my husband agreed to give cloth diapering a shot. We jumped in head first and didn’t regret a single moment!
There you have it! Four convincing arguments to put across to anyone that is in doubt of the benefits of cloth diapers!
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Till next time!