Are You Ready For This Millennial Parenting Trend? Cloth Diapers Over Disposable Diapers
Along with only breastfeeding, home births, and co-sleeping, cloth diapers have become a big deal for millennial parents. But today’s cloth diapers aren’t at all like the ones our mothers and grandmothers may have used. The modern versions come in a variety of bright colors and patterned styles, and these new cloth diapers are easier to use and clean.
This past May, I was invited to participate in a four-week cloth diaper challenge with Pish Posh Baby. It was indeed a challenge. I’ve found that there are lots of perks to using both cloth and disposable diapers. The main reason parents choose to use cloth diapers is because disposable diapers, in the long run, can get pretty pricey. Cloth diapers are washable and, therefore, reusable. My absolute favorite cloth diaper brands are Cute Bumzies and Rumparooz. Both brands have cute designs and carry great quality cloth diapers. If you are considering cloth diapers but are still unsure, perhaps I can help you out a bit.
The price point is a definite pro. You only have to buy cloth diapers once and can easily rewash and reuse them. With the price point for cloth diapers starting at around $6/a diaper (Cute Bumzies) and $18/a diaper (Rumparooz), there’s an affordable option for everyone. Now that may sound expensive, especially because you’d need about 15-24 diapers to be able to continuously use cloth, but think about it in the long run.
After the initial investment, you’ll only have to worry about washing and folding, that’s it. No need to go out and buy new ones. While a pack of Huggies (size 3/218 count) cost about $42.99, you will have to buy multiple boxes throughout the year. Let’s say you use a box a month, it would sum up to about $520 a year. Whereas the cloth diapers can start anywhere around $140 (20 diapers) and up.
So looking at it, in the long run, cloth diapers are a deal.
But what about the water I’m using to wash them?
It’s recommended to wash the diapers, at the most, after two days of them lying in the diaper pail. You really wouldn’t want to wait any longer. But even after washing them and using all that water, the price point for cloth diapers is still better than disposable diapers. Even better, you can use the cloth diapers not only for your first child but also for any kid after that. The initial investment may throw you off, but it’s so worth it.
Now if you don’t have the funds to buy the cloth diapers right away, you can buy used ones or sometimes even brand new ones from Craigslist. Or you can apply for a cloth diaper loan at Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.
Let’s look at it from the economical standpoint…
The manufacturing process of disposable diapers requires more resources than cloth diapers, even if you consider the enormous amounts of water and energy cotton farming requires. We also need to consider the flexibility and durability of cloth diapers and properly stress the waste-management consequences of disposables. It’s a fact that single-use disposables demand more landfill space than reusable cloth diapers. Disposable diapers make up to two percent of all garbage in the U.S. Bottom line, cloth diapers are more eco-friendly than Pampers and Huggies; as long as you’re dedicated to an energy-efficient laundry regimen. It’s best to let the washed diapers air dry on a clothing line. The sun will also help bleach out any possible poop stains.
If you think the cleaning procedure of cloth diapers may be disgusting, think again.
Either way, you’ll eventually have to deal with poop. And let’s not forget that disposables are known for blowouts. Yuck! I have not had one single occasion where I had to deal with blowouts when my baby wore cloths. The disposable ones, on the other hand, that’s another story. You won’t have that problem with cloth, I can promise you that. Once you change your baby, all you do is spray out the poop into the toilet (Spray Pal) and dump the diaper in the diaper pail until you’re ready to wash it.
Disposable diapers may seem more convenient but think about how cloth diapers can actually save you time.
You won’t need to run to the store just to get diapers. Also, cloth-diapered babies tend to get fewer rashes, which means you won’t be running to the doctor for rashes you have no idea how to heal. Another fun fact, cloth-diapered babies learn to use the potty an average of 12 months sooner than their disposable-diapered playmates; they know when they go because they can feel when that they’re wet. So, again, you’ll also spend less time scrubbing fecal matter from clothes, blankets, car seats, swings, etc.
Yes, cloth diapers do require work, but so do disposable diapers. It may seem overwhelming at first but once you get the hang of it, you’ll see that cloth is actually a lot easier.
Have you tried cloth diapers?