Cloth diapers are a great option when considering the type of diapers to use for your newborn until they are potty trained. In fact, I recommend cloth diapers over disposable diapers for almost any mom out there, no matter your working situation.
Did I Always Want to Use Cloth Diapers?
Definitely not. I never would have thought that I would be “that girl” using cloth diapers, but here I am, not only using them but encouraging all of my mom friends to use them.
When I was pregnant, I began researching them on a whim and what I found intrigued me. The diapers cute were cute, practical and seemed doable.
I wish I could say that I wanted to use cloth because I was concerned for the environment, but that would be a lie. I do use them now for that reason, but my main motivation for considering them was to save money.
My husband and I sat down and pulled up a spread sheet. After considering our work situation, we realized we would be saving over $2000 in the first year alone of cloth diapering (and that was only using them 4 days a week).
As we continued doing the math, we realized the more children we used the same diapers for, the more money we would save. Over time, with three children, we would end up saving over $8000.
I tried cloth diapers because of this monetary revelation. But the environmental benefits have become another major reason we use cloth diapers. Though we use energy for washing the diapers, it is still much less wasteful than filling up the landfill with 7,000 diapers (which is the average amount of diapers one child will use before potty training). We also opt to line dry our diapers, which saves energy and gets the diapers bleach white naturally (to read more about how to get your cloth diapers bleach white naturally, read my article here).
Why have I stuck with cloth diapers?
Along with the reasons mentioned above, they are just adorable. I love the patterns and the statement they make to an outfit in the summer. I have been able to use newborn dresses on my daughter until she is 6 months old with cloth diapers. How? She wears them as cute shirts and the diapers become her little summer shorts.
Finally, using cloth diapers is not much more work than disposable. There are a few extra steps (washing, line drying, and throwing into the dresser), but the benefits, at least for our family, far outweigh the few extra minutes this adds to my day. In fact, line drying the diapers has become very therapeutic and a little escape time for me while my husband watches our little E.
You can always try it out and then stop
Remember, disposables are not going out of business anytime soon, so there is no harm in trying cloth and then deciding whether they are for you or not. That is exactly what we did. We borrowed a friend’s cloth diaper stash once E turned 6 weeks old and then made our decision to invest. If you check Facebook Marketplace, you can find lots of used ones online for very cheap.
Want to try cloth but don’t know where to begin?
Don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of cloth diaper options! Check out my article on how to get started with cloth diapers here.