I seriously meant to share some insight into my cloth diapering journey sooner than Claire’s half birthday which is tomorrow ohmygosh! And then I remember I have a baby girl who keeps me very busy! 😉
I have really enjoyed cloth diapering for the most part and am definitely glad I chose to use cloth. I started using cloth when Claire was six weeks old (used disposables for the newborn period). Since then, it’s been so much easier than I thought. Here’s some insight into the why behind my decision to cloth diaper.
1 // It makes me feel good.
This is the biggest reason for me. This sounds silly, but using cloth makes me feel like I am doing the “right” and “best” thing for my daughter. As a new mom, that feeling is sometimes hard to come by since it’s uncertain whether you’re doing anything right at all in these new stages.
A lot of people I’ve talked to have assumed that I must be doing it “right” or “better than them” just because I cloth diaper, but that’s not true. Using disposables is definitely a thing that makes many moms feel good too. I think that whatever makes you feel good is the right thing!
2 // I always have diapers on hand and in the right size.
I hear this all the time:
” I just bought a giant box of size two diapers and he already outgrew them! Does anyone want to buy these off of me?”
Or “We ran out of diapers! Honey, go to the store NOW!”
These things are not me, and I love that. I don’t have to worry about size as cloth diapers are re-sizeable and I don’t have to worry about if we run out – I do a load every other day and we’re good! It’s really easy to me and I like that.
3 // It saves me money.
I still have to use disposables for travel and I like to have some around for emergencies. The last time I bought Huggies, they were almost $9 for 32 diapers. That is 28 cents a diaper!
My cloth diaper collection did cost me about $400 but we bought about $300 of it in gift cards. So, I pretty much got away with my stash for a total steal. If I use these for two years of diapering, that’s only $50 a year that I paid to have diapers! And if I can use these for my next child, it makes the cost savings even greater.
Some people argue whether cloth saves money when you factor in the utilities to wash and/or dry them & detergent. I don’t see a big difference in my water bill though, I air dry them to save energy, and I use a detergent that’s $3 that lasts me a month. I think in the end it really does save money.
4 // It’s not actually that hard or gross.
Cloth diapering does create another chore for me: doing loads of diapers and stuffing them since I use pocket style diapers. A big reason I decided to do cloth though is because I decided to stay home. I’m already home all day anyway, what’s another load of laundry? It just kind of came with the territory for me as a SAHM.
And for the gross factor, I just don’t think it’s that bad. If you are diapering your kid period, you’re dealing with their poop up close and personal anyway. I put diapers right into a bin after they’re dirty just like a disposable diaper (after scooping off any poop with a baby wipe & throwing it away).
I just happen to get it out again when I wash them. Yes, after a day or two they smell but it takes about two minutes to load the washer with them. It hasn’t killed me yet! But if you asked my husband to wash the diapers on the other hand… 😉
5 // It cuts down on waste.
There’s many statistics for how long it might take a disposable diaper to fully decompose, some saying 100 years or more for one diaper. I don’t know the truth about the stats, but I do know that by using cloth, nothing has to decompose!
I plan to use cloth for however many kids I may have. Sure, two to three kids not in disposable diapers doesn’t sound like a big deal, but that’s still probably thousands and thousands of diapers not in landfills. Yay! This kind of ties back into number one of making me feel good, but I also think that the environmental impact is a lot bigger than just making me feel good – it makes a difference for the world.
Cloth is definitely not for everyone, but for these reasons cloth is “my thing.” Even if it’s a small difference I’m making, I’m glad I’m making a difference at all. Cloth is actually a lot more enjoyable than I realized too!
Questions for You:
- If you use cloth, what’s your number one motive for doing it?
- If you don’t use or plan to use cloth, what was the biggest drawback to cloth for you?