I have to admit that when I first heard a friend mention that they cloth diapered, I shuttered a bit. I remembered back to when my mom cloth diapered and used the large pins and the plastic pants over the prefold diapers. Not only that, but I was scared to death of poop.
Upon voicing my concerns, my friend laughed at me and said, “No silly, haven’t you seen modern cloth diapers?” I guess I didn’t realize that there was a difference – after all a diaper is a diaper, right?
Cloth diapers aren’t so difficult anymore. And they don’t leak like I remembered.
Apparently things have changed a bit over the past 15 years. Who knew?
I looked around at these modern cloth diapers online and about had an anxiety attack. $10-30 for one diaper? At this expense, why would I cloth diaper?
The answer. To save money.
Cloth Diapers Save You Money
This child that you have just had is going to be around for a few years. 18 or so to be exact. But, for the first few years you will have them in diapers because they can’t go on their own quite yet. According to a recent survey conducted by Diapershops.com, the number one reason why families make the decision to cloth diaper is to “save money.”
How much money can you expect to save? Visit the Cloth Diaper Savings Calculator on the Diaper Pin website. I assure you that it is quite a bit!
Since cloth diapers are washed and worn again, you eliminate the waste of throwing out disposable diapers. Many cloth diapers are also made of natural fibers, making them better to use against your babies super-soft skin.
They Are Fashionable
Have you seen some of the cute designs on cloth diapers these days? There is nothing cuter than a leopard print bum! With the cuteness of the cloth diapers, it is completely acceptable to take your baby out in public with them on. (Well, as long as it isn’t cold outside of course!)
You wouldn’t think of convenience as being a reason to use a cloth diaper. After all you have to properly dispose of the waste and spend extra time washing them. But, with the modern cloth diapers, there aren’t many steps to diaper your baby. You don’t have to try to stick a pin in the diaper without poking yourself or the baby and you don’t have to listen to the crunchy sound that the old plastic covers make. Modern diapers come with snaps or velcro to keep the diaper securely closed, also preventing more leaks!
For those of you that are on the fence about using disposable diapers vs cloth diapers, I suggest that you consider trying out a modern cloth diaper. You will be pleasantly surprised!
Also, just because I’ve chosen to highlight a more modern version of cloth diapering, doesn’t mean that I think that prefolds aren’t acceptable. In fact, we will use prefolds in many of our reviews this week, in combination with diaper liners and other cloth diapering accessories. Ultimately, I urge you to try out different methods and then stick with the one that works for you and your baby!
I know I’ve missed a ton of reasons to cloth diaper – and I’ve done so on purpose! I want to hear why YOU cloth diaper your baby, because we are all have very different reasons.