Cloth Diapers are Doable!
My name is Andrea. I have two children - Elaine was born in 2009, and Nolan came along in 2011. I started cloth diapering my daughter shortly after her birth in 2009, and I have been addicted ever since! For a short time I had a cloth diaper retail store by the same name as this blog.
The reason for the name "Doable Diapers" comes from the fact that many people have misconceptions about cloth diapers. When they hear “cloth diapers” they immediately think of flat diapers, diaper pins, and rubber pants. I am here to tell you that cloth diapers have come a looooooong way! The modern cloth diaper has eliminated pins and leaks. Today's cloth diapers have snaps, velcro, and customizable absorption, making them just as easy, if not easier, than mainstream disposable diapers. So in fact, cloth diapers are very doable!
Some reasons to choose cloth diapers:
Cloth Diapers are Better for Your Baby
Cloth diapers are soft! Would you want to wear paper underwear? Most modern cloth diapers are lined with a soft inner fabric such as fleece or micro-suede that wick the moisture away from your baby’s bum. This keeps your baby dry and happy. It also helps to prevent diaper rashes.
Disposable diapers are filled with chemicals. They even contain traces of Dioxin which is an extremely toxic chemical (banned in most countries). Do you really want all of those chemicals touching your baby’s soft, delicate skin? Cloth diapers come in an array of fabrics and fibers, so you can pick exactly what you want to be against that little bum. From organic cotton, to natural fibers, to sustainable fibers, to fabric blends, cloth diapers offer many choices.
Cloth Diapers are Better for Your Budget
One of the best reasons to choose cloth diapers is because of the relief that it will bring to your wallet. For about $600 (depending on the type, brand, and style of diaper that you choose) you can get everything you need to cloth diaper your baby from birth to potty training. That $600 figure is for the really nice cloth diapers. There are ways to do cloth for much less money! The real savings add up when number two comes around and you can use your diapers all over again without additional expense. $600 probably seems like a lot of money to shell out at one time, and in today’s economy I understand. But let’s talk about the cost of disposable diapers.
The average cost to use disposable diapers on a baby from birth to potty training starts at $1500. This depends on how frequently you change the baby, what brand of diapers you use, and what age your child begins potty training. That is $1500 per child, whereas the same cloth diapers can be used for multiple children. Those are significant savings!
Cloth Diapers are Easy to Use
There are many different types and brands of cloth diapers on the market today, but one of the most popular styles is the one-size pocket diaper. These diapers don’t require a cover, and the outer layer is made of a waterproof fabric such as PUL. Utilizing the ease of velcro or the durability of snaps, you can customize the diaper to perfectly fit your baby. Leg gussets and elastic keep all messes contained so you will likely never have a leak.
The pocket diaper mentioned above has a pocket that you can stuff with an absorbent liner. The pocket allows you to customize the diaper absorption to your particular baby and particular situation. Do you have a heavy wetter? Do you need more absorption for naptime? No problem – just add another insert.
In short, you can customize just about every aspect of the cloth diaper to meet your needs and preferences. From fabric type, to fit, to absorbency, to color, to closure – the modern cloth diaper is sure to meet your needs!
Cloth Diapers are Better for the Environment
I think it goes without saying that anytime we can add something reusable to our routine it is better for the environment, because those items create less waste. Cloth diapers provide just one more reusable item that you can add to your list of efforts to help conserve the world with which we have been entrusted.
And did you know that technically you are supposed to get the poo off of that disposable diaper before you throw it away? How many people do you know who do that?
For more statistics on cloth diapers, visit the Real Diaper Association page.
What About You?
So, in summary, cloth diapers are better for your baby, better for your budget, easy to use, and better for the environment.
You may be new to cloth diapering and you have a million questions. Please frequent this blog for answers to all of your cloth diapering needs. If we can be of assistance with a particular question or problem, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to help in any way possible!
You may be an experienced cloth diapering parent, or maybe you are looking for a new system or something to simplify your cloth diaper routine. Keep reading! And if you have anything to contribute, please join in on the comments section or contact us about writing a guest post. We love different perspectives!
Have a happy cloth diapering day!