The Beauty of Cloth Diapers, Part 2

November 28, 2011

Three months ago, before I fell off the planet, I began a series about my most favorite frugal find for babies–cloth diapers.  “Find” makes it seem like I’m one of the only people in the world who know about them.  Not true.  In fact, cloth diapers seem to be making quite a come-back.  If you’re curious about them and all they entail, this is the place for you.  First, check out my post on the Ugly Misconceptions about cloth diapers that I tried to Expel.  Today I’ll simply be discussing why they are so beautiful to me.

The Reasons Cloth Diapers are so Beautiful

1. They save a TON of money

Last time I discussed in detail how cloth diapers save us money over the “normal” disposable diapers.  Here is what I wrote on the subject then:

The average cloth diaper, after tax & shipping & whatnot, is about $20 each.  For one child you need about 18 (for two, I’ve heard 24 works well).  So that’s $360.

Now think about disposable diapers.  Each package is like $50 for 275 diapers (and that’s a pretty good deal).  So you can buy 2,000 disposable diapers for the same $360 you could buy cloth diapers for.  How long will it take you to go through 2,000 disposable diapers?  Let’s say you change a diaper every 3 hours and your baby sleeps for 12 hours each day.  That’s 5 diapers a day (this is a low estimation).  So in 400 days, which is about 13 months, you’d easily make up the money you’ve spent on cloth diapers.

Remember, though, you’re going to use more than 5 diapers a day and this was just for 1 child.  (For instance, if you use 6 diapers a day, those 2,000 disposable diapers will only last you 11 months for one child).

If I were honest, this is really the only reason we decided to go with cloth diapers.  That is, that they were less expensive than disposables.  And really, I think that’s reason enough that they’re beautiful.  However, after having used them for a year, there are a few other reasons they are so lovely to me.

2. I just feel good using them

There’s just something about not creating a million pounds of waste that makes me feel good.   Re-using things (in this case, diapers), just makes me feel helpful.  That’s all :)

3. They’re just so darn cute

I mean, seriously, they are so cute.  I love picking out a color that will match Luke’s shirt and letting him run around in just a colorful little diaper all day (in the summer, of course).  They’re just fun, ok!? :)

4. They keep little bottoms from getting diaper rashes

Because they’re natural and don’t have who-knows-what in them, little booties are much happier!  If you’ve ever been around a baby with a bad diaper rash you know how sad it is–it’s our experience that cloth diapers keep Luke from getting near as many rashes as he does when he wears disposable diapers.

I’m not sure I’m going to be able to sell these in any other way.  The main reason cloth diapers are so wonderful is because they are so frugal, and like I said–that’s reason enough to use them!

Do you have any questions?  Comments?  Suggestions?  Tell us why cloth diapers are beautiful to you!

Next time: How we use cloth diapers

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3 Responses to “The Beauty of Cloth Diapers, Part 2”

  1. Cassandra said

    I love cloth diapers because they are frugal too! #1 reason for sure! We got ours second-hand from Ben’s cousin and his wife, and they have boys, so ours aren’t quite as cute, although Ben’s mom has been buying some girl-colored ones for us, which has been so much fun! We have experienced lots of leaks with our second-hand Fuzzi Bunz brand diapers, and I’m not sure why. We probably just need to change them more often, but it also might be the fit, since they’re adjustable. I also like cloth diapers because of the lack of impact on landfills, it does feel good to not create so much waste! And I second the diaper rash comment, we have had about zero diaper rashes with cloth, and a few nasty ones with disposables. I combat the issue by using a really good diaper rash cream, Weleda Calendula Diaper Care, every time I put a disposable diaper on baby Leona for prevention and it seems to work. She doesn’t wear disposables very often at all, so a tube lasts a long time, even though I think it’s expensive but I’m not sure because it was a baby shower gift (that’s how long it’s lasted us!)

    Cassandra

  2. Corteney L said

    Hi!
    I notices that you live north of Houston. My husband and I just moved north of Houston from Ohio! I’m not familiar with the area and I was wondering, do you know of any local stores that sell cloth diapers and products of that nature?? We are trying for #2 and need to replenish my stock :)
    Thank you so much!

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