Not Your Mom’s Cloth Diaper

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!

Left to right: Nicki’s Diapers All-In-One, Cloth Comfort Minky Newborn All-In-One, Rumparooz pocket diaper in tulip

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.

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About Tammy Pedersen

Tammy is married to John Pedersen, manager of Briarmoore and Grass Stain Tour extraordinaire. She is blessed to be able to stay at home with her three children. When not busy with farming and homeschool, Tammy can be found with knitting needles or crochet hook in hand, reading or writing. Someday she hopes to combine her love of travel with mission work.

7 Responses to Not Your Mom’s Cloth Diaper

  1. Holly says:

    My husband and I use cloth diapers, cloth wipes and homemade wipes solution on our little girl. I love not throwing anything away. I love that there are no chemicals involved. I love the money we save and the diapers are adorable. Enjoy!

  2. If cloth diapers like these had been available to me you and your sister would have worn them too! I like your arguments.

  3. cindycotter says:

    Ah, the good old days. It’s been a long time since we had a baby in the house. As for diapers, I wanted to use cloth, but I only tried once. In the morning my daughter was sleeping soundly in a sopping wet diaper. Perhaps they’ve improved in the many intervening years, but I switched to disposables right away.

  4. Marji Irish says:

    I loved using cloth diapers with my kids! What I remember most fondly is how they would whiten when dried on a clothesline in the sun. Folding them afterwards when they were so fragrant and pure smelling was a joy! And hey–I was a modern, progressive woman, not a martyr–all I can say is, it was sometimes messy, but fun!

  5. Kristin says:

    My mom used cloth on the first two…my brother and me, but the last four got disposables. It’s definitely something to consider…all those diapers in the landfill, and the savings, too. Thanks!

  6. Kristen says:

    Tammy, thank you for sharing this series! I’m loving it! 🙂 And your changing table and cloth diapers are so cute. Can’t wait to meet your little girl this summer. 🙂

  7. Rose says:

    I have really been enjoying cloth diapering my 3rd wee one (saving the world wasn’t so much on my radar with my first two, lol). I just use prefolds and basic covers, and I loooove snappies, since I’m hopeless at pinning! I wanted to mention, in case this helps anyone else; the BEST thing I have found for rash prevention when using cloth is arrowroot powder. My little guy has a really sensitive bum and I was told using much of anything in the way of diaper rash cream was a big no-no for cloth. Then my mother-in-law mentioned that her mom used to use cornstarch, and I had a big ah-ha moment. Didn’t have any cornstarch on hand, but the arrowroot works a treat and smells lovely too! 🙂 Oh, and I haven’t noticed it having any negative effect on the absorbability of the diapers, either!