I started researching cloth diapers over two years ago when I was pregnant with my son. Knowing that I was going to contribute to the overflow of landfills with hundreds of disposable diapers for even a few years didn’t sit well with me. Unfortunately, two moves in my third trimester (the last one being 10 days before my son was born) had me a little preoccupied so it got pushed to the wayside. And as soon as my son was here, I was so overwhelmed with him and all of his perfection, I didn’t really think about it again other than the occasional “I wish we would have done cloth” as if it were too late.
When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I knew that I HAD to make it work! I began researching and found all kind of websites, blogs, and forums on the benefits of cloth diapering. I was so amazed at how many people had my same frame of mind! My husband was on board right away. Other people, though, didn’t seem as excited about the idea as I did. My response was simply, why use disposables?
Here are a few key points to why cloth diapering is better than disposables.
- Saves money
- When you decide to make the leap, you should be prepared to invest a good amount of money into it. The high end, name brand cloth diapers can reach up to close to $25 per diaper! To me, personally, that is NUTS! I found hundreds of different YouTube channels that reviewed every kind of cloth diaper brand imaginable and decided what was best for my family. Trying to be as savvy as I could, I decided on three different brands of diapers that I got for as low as $4.50 per dipe that would be used from newborn to potty trained. And, as a general rule, I never paid more than $6 per dipe. There are several different online trading companies that buy, sell, and trade used diapers as well (clothdiapertrader.com and diaperswappers.com to name a couple).
- Disposable diapers are usually about $.20 per dipe. You’ll use about 10 diapers a day on your baby for the first three months before it goes down to maybe six a day for the next two and a half years! That’s math I can’t even do! In all my research, I found that on average, every child uses at least $2,000 worth of disposable diapers which creates about 600,000 diapers added to landfills. That alone should be enough to convince you…but I have more!
- Healthier for your baby
- Disposable diapers contain several different dangerous chemicals including dioxins, a byproduct of chlorine which is used to bleach the diapers. Dioxins happen to be one of the most toxic chemicals known to science according to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency. It is known to cause cancer in humans. In addition, disposables can contain dyes, fragrances, sodium polyacrylate, and phthalates. These ingredients have been linked to immune disorders, asthma, skin rashes, and more! Diaper companies are not required by law to put their ingredients on their boxes, but most companies generally use the same make-up.
- We used disposable diapers on my son for two years before making the switch when my daughter was born. Through his life, he has had severe diaper rash. No amount of diaper creams, powders, or bath soaps would help. Anybody that has ever seen their child in pain can imagine the anguish I experienced every time it was time for a diaper change and my son would run away crying.