I feel like we started using cloth diapers a little late in the game. We had gone through Aubrey’s whole diapering lifetime using disposables and Baileigh was already around 14 months old. If I was lucky, we’d start potty training her in 9-10 months. I started to compare cloth and disposables in my own time without really talking to my husband about it. I just wanted to learn more about it. To me, knowledge is power. And not having a knowledge about my different options when it came to raising my children was just unacceptable in my book. Here are the top reasons why families make the switch or choose to cloth diaper full time:
- Saves money.
I started looking at the difference of disposables and cloth financially and it just made sense. It was much easier to buy a few diapers and just keep using them instead of paying for diapers every week. We buy a little bit more detergent, use a little bit more electricity and water, but it still saves us money. Most of our stash consists of China Cheapies (Alvas) and prefolds and covers. CHEAP! But it works!! Another plus on saving money with cloth- you can use them with multiple babies. After Baileigh is potty trained, our diaper stash will be packed up and save for any future babies.
- Better for the Earth.
When using a disposable diaper, you’re supposed to take out any waste before throwing it away. Did I do that when I use(d) disposables? Nope. And I’m sure not many people do. Just think of the amount of human waste that is in our landfills. Disease can easily spread through fecal matter and yet we’re putting it into our soil? The average disposable diaper will take hundreds to thousands of years to decompose. Each disposable diapered child will contribute about 2,000 diapers to your landfill over the course of their diapering lifetime (about 2 years).
- No nasty chemicals on baby’s bum.
There are so many chemicals in disposable diapers that it sickens me. I did a lot of research on this in particular because it was really interesting on how this world works with these products. Dioxin, which is listed by the EPA as the most toxic of cancer related chemicals, is in our disposable diapers. Sodium polycarbonate is the gel that can sometimes leak out and end up on baby’s bum. It is also known as SAP. SAP was removed from tampons in the 1980s because of the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome and because it was considered a breeding ground for bacteria. Please tell me why we won’t use these chemicals on ourselves but we have no issue putting them on our babies!
- Babies in cloth usually potty train sooner.
Most babies potty train much sooner in cloth. It is believed that it is because they can feel the wetness much better in cloth verses today’s disposable diaper or pull up training pants. Most babies are potty trained by age
- They’re adorable!!
Cloth diapers come in many colors, many designs, and even different textures! There is nothing cuter than a baby running around (or crawling around) with a little fluff bum and a shirt. (Maybe even some legwarmers if its chilly!) They may have a big bum from all the padding but it sure is cute!!
- Convenient- no more late night diaper runs!
Have you ever ran out of diapers just before bedtime and had to make a run to Target, Walmart or the local grocery store?? I know we have!! With cloth diapers, you always see how many you have left and if you’re starting to run out…. you just go wash them! Simple. Easy. And you don’t have to put a bra on and get of your sweatpants to leave your house.
After looking at all the information I had crammed into my head, we decided together that cloth would be a better option for our family. Even if we don’t plan on having another baby, we’ve saved money from buying a smaller and cheaper stash instead of 5 or 6 boxes of disposable diapers. This was a great switch for us and we refuse to use up an entire box of disposables again. Will we buy and use them occasionally when she’s sick or we’re out and about? Yes. But we’ll spend a little more money and get safer disposables than Huggies or Pampers.
Tell me, why did you switch to cloth diapers or decide to cloth diaper from the start???
If you are in Central Ohio like me, you can visit Sprout Soup! It is our local store for carriers, cloth diapers, and other crunchy mama items!! 🙂