1) Money, money, money.
Oh darn. Now I have that song from Mama Mia stuck in my head. But lets be honest, paying thousands of extra dollars for diapers isn’t funny. It costs about $2,000 to keep a kid in diapers until they are potty trained, or $3,000 or more if you spring for fancy or more nature friendly diapers. A great set of cloth diapers may cost around $400 to $600, less if you go with prefolds and covers. PLUS, if you take good care of your cloth, you can end up using them for multiple babies! If you are a thrifty mama like me, it all adds up to savings you really can’t ignore.
2) They are so stinkin’ CUTE!
When it comes to disposable diapers, or “sposies”, there are very few options for cute prints or patterns. A few brands have stepped up their game, but it is NOTHING in comparison to all of the adorable prints and colors of cloth diapers out there. Cloth diapers are so cute that many kiddos go without pants in the summer time when their mamas pair a cute t-shirt with their favorite cloth diaper.
3) They are better for your baby’s bum!
One of the most common reasons people switch from sposies to cloth is because their little one was having a reaction to something in the diaper. If your baby has a reaction to a diaper, it can cause a nasty and uncomfortable rash that’s no fun for anyone. Many disposables diapers are bleached with Dioxin, which has been named a probable carcinogen by the EPA. And that super absorbent gel within disposable diapers Sodium Polyacrylate, which can cause Toxic Shock Syndrome, allergic reactions, and can even be deadly for pets. The diaper manufacturing companies all say that the use of these chemicals is minimal, but if it’s possible to avoid the risk entirely, then why not?!
4) They’re better for the planet.
I’m not going to go too in depth here, because I don’t think many people will need convincing. Dirty diapers go in the garbage and then to a landfill. Dirty cloth ends up in the wash. If you want to debate about the amount of water and energy used to wash diapers vs transporting them to the landfill, you can’t forget all the water and energy used to manufacture and distribute each package to stores, and the gas to get them from the store to your home… you can do the math. If you still want to argue, I’d like to see your closet full of disposable clothing.
Now, there are some things that make cloth diapering a little more challenging than using disposables, but in many cases the benefits are well worth the costs. Sure, cleaning out poop is gross, but you get used to it. And trust me, if you’re a mom, you’re going to have to clean up poop one way or another.
Now that being said, if you don’t have access to laundry machines, cloth diapering may not be for you. Some daycares will make you use disposables when you are there, and for some people it’s just too much laundry. I get it. It’s not for everyone. But if you think you might be interested, I implore you to give it a try.
Cloth diapering doesn’t have to be all or nothing! My family used disposables for the first couple weeks of our daughter’s life before we made the switch. When we travel long distances, we bring a stash of sposies. Some mamas will use cloth during the day and disposables at night. It’s up to each family to figure out what works best for them, and you will NEVER receive any judgement from me for making a decision that is best for YOUR family. Still, I hope that this post encourages mamas who may be on the fence to give cloth diapers a try!
*Oops! I almost forgot one of my FAVORITE reasons for choosing cloth, so I am adding it in now.
5) When you’re done with them, you can resell them!
Whether it’s because your kiddo potty trained, or you tried a diaper style that you didn’t like, or if you just flat out decided that cloth diapering isn’t for you right now; there is another MAJOR benefit that cloth has over disposables. You can RESELL them! As long as you’ve taken good care of your diaps and they are in usable condition, you can list them on a cloth diapering group and make some of your money back! You can’t really do that with disposables.