When i had my son Seth in 2014 i was using disposable diapers. When they are so little the pack of diapers brings A LOT! After the 1st year he started using size 5 and every month i was spending $40+ on disposable diapers and another $20+ on over night diapers. This was really breaking my pockets. After a couple of months I researched on saving money on diapers. I stumbled across a cloth diaper blog and I absolutely loved the idea about them!
My son has now been cloth diapered for a year and I can't complain. I've had a yea experience so I can tell you my pros and cons about them.
1. You need to most likely touch baby poo but you can always wear gloves :)
2. Extra laundry
3. Laundry service can be quite expensive starting at $20 a week
4. Extra water, electricity a detergent to wash them
5. Very expensive upfront
Now these 5 cons are enough to scare anybody away but there is a solution for them all except the extra laundry con.
If you wear gloves then your bare hands will never come in contact with poo. When your baby poos you can easily knock it into the toilet. There is a really cool sprayer designed JUST for this purpose of rinsing those poopy diapers before you throw them into your laundry bag. You can see the sprayer by clicking here. This sprayer comes with all the attachments needed. You can also buy a shield for it which prevents splashes. You can see the shield by clicking here .
If you don't mind doing your own laundry then you will save a lot on the laundry services.
If you want to save on water and electricity then i recommend you buy enough cloth diapers to last you a month. This way you only need to do one or 2 full size loads depending on how big or small your machine is. When I first started I hand washed all his cloth diapers for months. I then purchased a Laundry Pod to help my aching fingers. Want to see me in action? You can watch my video here on how i wash my cloth diapers using my laundry pod . I no longer use the laundry pod because i was lucky to get a washer as a gift from my mom :) People now and days are really into ecofriendly products and many make their own soap wayyyy cheaper than the store bought brands. I buy my laundry soap from EcoLifeNatural at $3.50 for 32 loads!
Yes they are so expensive at first! My very first cloth diapers where Real Nappies USA and some extra covers Real Nappies USA Covers along with some snaps from Snappi cloth diaper fasteners . I also purchased some from Rumparooz style 1 and rumparooz style 2 . If you have the money to buy these brands then awesome! I on the other hand couldn't afford a months supplies of these diapers so i purchased all of my cloth diaper covers and pocket diapers from LoveBabies by EcoLifeNatural. She sells all her pocket diapers and cloth diaper covers for 5.99 without inserts plus you get free shipping on all orders over $30. I sew my own inserts so i buy plenty of her diapers.
Why should you switch to cloth diapers?
1. Disposable diapers get tossed into a huge landfill where diapers are sitting there for decades. For the 1st year a baby will use anywhere between 3,000 - 4,000 diapers! That's about $1,000 a year in just diapers. With $500 of upfront cost of cloth diapers you can use them for years and pass them on to your other babies.
2. Cloth diapers are 100% natural. The only thing on your babies bottom is real fabric. Disposable diapers are not natural in any way shape or form. They have toxins in them that very rarely cause toxic shock syndrome. Not something i want to risk.
3. Cloth diapers are just so dang cute! Here i'll show you some
Aren't those just adorable? I have most of these but intend on buying much more by next month. Check them out here OS Double Gusset Cloth Diapers
So what do you say to cloth diapers yay or nay?