Part three of my “Preparing for Baby Series” addresses our choice to cloth diaper. Let me start by saying there is no right or wrong when it comes to diapering your little bundle and cloth diapers are not for everyone. This is my third child, but the first time I am using cloth.
Disposable diapers are expensive. Using the estimate that a disposable diaper costs 36 cents and your baby is in diapers for 2-3 years, you’ll easily spend over $1000 in just one year of diapering. With cloth diapers (depending on the type you choose and how many you actually purchase) you could spend as little as $100-300 from birth through potty training. There are many places you can buy second-hand cloth as well as sell your diaper stash when your child(ren) are past the diapering stage.
Disposables are horrible for the environment. They sit in the landfill for over 500 years. If you think about how many diapers a child will use between birth and the age they are potty trained, thats a HUGE negative impact from one little body.
Disposables are made with some pretty gross stuff–lots of chemicals I cannot even pronounce. I feel good knowing I will limit my baby’s exposure to these while using soft fabrics like cotton, hemp and bamboo instead.
Cloth Diapers are Super Cute!
The world of cloth diapering can be overwhelming. I started out by reading as much as I could online (Pinterest again is a great resource here) and speaking with moms who cloth diaper their own children.
The diapers on the market are not like the prefolds and pins used by your mother and/or grandmother. While prefolds are still a popular choice, they now have different options for fastening them to your baby. We will be using prefolds and Snappis (pictured below) as part of our routine.
We decided to get a few of several different kinds of diapers until we figure out what type works best for her/us. We can sell the rest or hold on to them for future use. In our changing area pictured below we have prefolds and flats (both of which need a waterproof cover), all-in-ones, pocket diapers and fitteds.
Everything is all set up…now we just need a little girl to put them on.