So I bought some more cloth diapers and now I have to prep them. 5 hot washes & high dries, and I need to stretch the plastic snappis out. The why of it is a little more complicated.
While hanging out with my in-laws for 4th of July weekend, my mother-in-law asked how many cloth diapers we had. I answered 24 — 2 days worth. (Which was a good guess, we actually have 27.) She said we needed at least 3 days worth and preferably a week’s worth. Then she asked if I would be offended if she brought disposables over to use since we don’t have enough cloth diapers. I choked.
Doesn’t anyone know about cloth diapers anymore? I mean they are making a huge comeback, it seems like everyone on the internet is using them, and yet I still get so much flack whenever I talk about it in the real world. I just don’t get it! So I’m making this post in defense of cloth diapers to clear up the misconceptions I keep coming across.
1. 24-36 Newborn diapers & 24-36 One sized diapers are enough.
I don’t need a week’s worth of cloth diapers, what I need is my washer and dryer. Not to mention that at a rate of 12 diapers a day, I’d have 84 diapers! Where would I even put them all?! And how people store all the disposables is just beyond me. Those bulk packs are huge and one child goes through thousands before potty training! (Between 5000 and 8000.)
2. One of the greatest pros of cloth diapering is that it’s cheaper.
Cheaper by thousands of dollars. Seriously. When I decided to get another day’s worth of CDs as a buffer, I selected the cheapest option possible: prefolds and some snappi securers. Totaling this up along with the cost of my original luxury set of 27 diapers, I have:
$21 – 12 prefolds
$7 – 3 snappis
$36 – 5 newborn covers
$60 – 5 small covers
$300 – 25 fitted diapers
+$45 – 2 All-In-One diapers
$470 – 39, size 5-15lbs diapers
I will spend another $600 on 24 diapers in the next size up, which are even more adjustable, fitting 15-40lbs. Now I don’t have to buy these until November, but lets just say I spent $1070 total upfront. Considering that disposables cost $3000+ per child, and I can reuse these for all of my kids, cloth is a lot cheaper. ($2000 for one child, $5000 for 2 children, $8000 for 3 children, and $11,000 for 4 children.)
3. Cloth diapers retain a lot of their original value.
Once I buy them, they are mine to keep. And when I’m done with them? I can sell them for at least 50% of what they cost me. Try that with a used disposable!
4. It’s very convenient to cloth diaper.
I will never have to worry about buying diapers ever again. I will never have to run out at 9:50pm to buy diapers before Publix closes. I will never have to worry about the cost of diapering my next child, or the next, or the next. Not to mention, you’re supposed to flush the poop in disposable diapers. It says so right on the box. That’s because it’s illegal and unsanitary to throw human waste into the trash. So anyone who says disposables are easier because just you just wrap-n-trash them, well, they aren’t.
From Target’s Up&Up brand diaper packaging:
PLEASE: Before disposing of dirty diapers, empty into toilet. Then wrap in the waterproof backing before discarding in waste receptacle.
From Pampers’ website:
Waste removal: As the Pampers bag recommends, you’ll want to dump bowel movements in the toilet. Then just roll the diaper into its backsheet, using the tape or fasteners to keep it closed, and dispose of it in the trash.
5. New cloth diapers have fewer blowouts and little or no diaper rash.
Modern cloth diapers have gussets — little sections of ruffled elastic — that catch waste and keep it contained. They have them in the legs and in the back, where blowouts are most likely to occur. I chose fitted diapers & covers because they both have gussets. My babe will be sporting 3 gussets in total, and that extra protection will save her onesies and bedding, and my sanity.
Today’s cloth diapers also use new fabrics like Bamboo, Zorb, and Microfleece which are more absorbent than the standard cotton of the olden days. These fabrics absorb at a faster rate and wick moisture away from the baby’s bum more quickly and without harsh chemicals. This leads to less diaper rash.
5. Cloth diapered children usually potty train 6-24months quicker.
The average is between 24-30 months, because they can feel that they are slightly wet. Compare that to the 36-42 month average of disposable diapered children. I was cloth diapered in the old school prefolds and potty trained at 18 months!
6. Cloth is better for the environment and the health of the baby.
Disposables contain carcinogenics linked to cancer. Period. Why would anyone create these chemicals and then strap them to a baby? Why needlessly fill landfills with tons of these chemicals, plastics, and vaccine-infected human feces? No amount of convenience is worth that.
And for those who have read studies that say cloth and disposables have the same impact:
In July 1991, the United Kingdom’s Women’s International Network found that all of the available research on the environmental impact of disposable diapers had been funded directly by makers of disposables. A London independent environmental agency, the Landbank Consultancy, was asked to review and evaluate the data. The Landbank Report concluded that, compared to cloth diapers, throwaway diapers use 20 times more raw materials, three times more energy, twice as much water, and generate 60 times more waste. Using the Landbank Report, the Women’s International Network challenges Proctor & Gamble’s environmental equivalency claims before the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The ASA rules that P&G’s claims are misleading. Under pressure from the press, P&G withdraws its claims. They later pay out of court settlements.
7. Cloth is cute and disposables are tacky and ugly.
I live in Florida. Here, diaper + t-shirt = outfit. So I see a lot of plastic disposable butts and it is not cute. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are adorable. My favorite brand, Twinkie Tush, makes super attractive, high quality diapers. And she’s an American work at home mom. I can support that!
I know which one I’d rather wear.