So you’re intrigued by the idea of cloth diapering, but the whole things seems a bit overwhelming & you’re just not sure it’s worth the trouble…. well guess again! Here’s my no nonsense cloth diapers 101 lowdown just for YOU mama with 4 GREAT reason YOU should totally give it a go….
Reason #1: Cost
According to the Diaper Planner.com, the average 8 lb baby will need between 2500-3000 diapers in the first year alone. Your second year diapering should theoretically cost you less because toddlers typically need fewer changes than a newborn or younger baby.
Nonetheless, if you decide to go with one of the more popular brands like; Pampers, Huggies & Luvs, which cost on average $25/100 diapers, than you should plan on spending an average of $750 the first year. That’s up to $1,500 in diapers your first 2 years…. YIKES MAMA!
If that doesn’t sound absurd enough for money spent on a product that will literally end up shitted on, consider the fact that your more premium disposable diapers, such as the Honest Company & Seventh Generation will cost you even more. We’re all in at about $400 in & will only need to spend a little more to have all the diapers we’ll EVER need.
To determine how many diapers you’ll need visit Diaper Planner.com & enter your baby’s birth weight
Reason #2: They’re healthier!
When disposable diapers gained popularity in the 1960’s & 1970’s, most moms didn’t think twice about what they were made of. Compared to cloth diapers of the past, they offered moms an easier throw away solution so health took a back seat to convenience.
Recently however, more and more moms are questioning the products and chemicals they expose their children to and for good reason. This generation of kids have far higher chances of starting life off with everything from allergies, asthma, eczema and endless other conditions that didn’t plaque previous generations quite as aggressively.
While one can write this off as nothing more than genetics or diet, it is naïve in my opinion to ignore the increasing amount of environmental toxins we also expose our little ones to.
Not so encouraging, diaper companies are not even required to list their ingredients on their product. That is disturbing to me & should set off the little crunchy mom alarm in all of our heads. After all, what do they have to hide?
Here’s a list of common disposable diaper ingredients….
- Polyethylene Film; this is essentially plastic that makes up the outer lining. While polyethylene is regarded as safe in diapers, it should be noted, that toxic chemicals such as; butane (a gas that is harmful to the skin), benzene (a naturally occurring chemical compound that is carcinogenic in nature) and vinyl acetate (an organic compound considered possibly carcinogenic which is also absorbed through the skin) are all involved in the making & manufacturing of polyethylene.
- Polypropylene; another type of plastic that makes up the inner lining of the diaper & considered safe, but manufactured with ingredients listed above.
- Wood Pulp (usually bleached) & Sodium Polyacrylate (polymers); make up the absorbent layer of the diaper & can leak out of the diaper leaving your baby’s skin exposed to these nasty crystals. Again, these too are considered safe in their final form, but it’s worth noting that individual substances that make up these final products are known to be toxic.
Reason #3: They’re environmentally friendly
Yes, your disposable diapers end up producing tons of gases in landfills. Infact, according to the EPA, an estimated 20 BILLION disposable diapers are added to landfills throughout the country each year, creating a whopping 3.5 MILLION TONS of waste! Can you say GROSS!!!! So do your part damit to leave a smaller, less poopy footprint on this beautiful planet… and I mean that in the nicest way possible. 🙂
Reason #4: They’re ADORABLE!!!
I mean seriously I may be a little obsessed with picking my little one’s prints. There are TONS of cloth diaper online stores out there so shop around. Not sure where the hell to start…. I love the options Nicki’s Diapers & Alva Baby offer. Both are reasonably priced & worth checking out, but if affordability is a must…. I personally haven’t found any that compare to the prices I found on Alva Baby. It’s a Chinese company so be prepared to wait a while for arrival, but they will show up and they’re stinking ADORABLE! No pun intended.
Oh, one last thing…. Most cloth diapers can be a bit bulky on a newborn, but don’t worry your baby will grow into them in no time.
OK, that’s a wrap!
Still think disposables are a waste of time? Then you haven’t been paying attention!
They’re seriously not a hassle at all! A hassle is running out of disposable diapers every time you blink, running out or better yet sending your poor hubby out to get them & throwing a small fortune literally in the garbage for something that literally gets crapped on!
For more cloth diaper 101 tips check out my other cloth diapering post; “3 Reasons You Should Totally Try Them”.