- Depending on the article you find, the average cost of cloth diapering through potty-training (around 24 - 30 months) can range from $600 to $1,200. On the flip side, disposable diapers can run anywhere from $1,200 to $2,200+ for the same time period.
- Lots of factors play into the cost of cloth diapering including how many diapers you choose to have in your stash, laundry detergent, water costs and other accessories.
- A benefit of cloth diapering is that you can re-sell the diapers once you're done with them and recoup some of the cost (yes, people will buy your used diapers as long as they are clean, in good condition and stain free). I recently sold a few of Mira's diapers that I'd never used and wanted to trade out for a brand I liked better. I paid about $140 for the diapers and sold them for $100. Not bad huh?
- To date, I've spent around $600 on my stash and I have about 45 diapers, a few necessary accessories, detergent and water costs. I have enough diapers of good quality to last me through the time Mira is potty-trained so my cost will likely only go up a few more bucks as I buy detergent and pay future water bills (I estimate that at an extra $200 over the next two years, if that).
- Beware - if you're a shop-a-holic, cloth diapering can be addictive and NOT cost-effective. If you try to stick with what you have in your stash for two years and not go overboard on new diaper purchases, there's definitely a significant cost-savings.
- Another consideration is that your costs for cloth diapers is front-loaded - meaning, you'll come out-of-pocket a few hundred dollars up front but then won't (really) have to spend any more for the next two years if you play your cards right.
- If you choose to use a diaper service, the cost to cloth diaper will likely be on par with disposable diapers. How the services work is they usually provide diapers, pick up the dirty and deliver clean ones.
|Right on Mira - Cloth IS Cool!|
- Breastmilk poop is completely water soluble and will wash out without much action from you - just toss it in the pail. Formula poop needs a rinse off before you put it in the pail.
- I use flushable liners to help manage the poop. These are sheets (similar to dryer sheets) that come on a roll of 50, 100 or 200 that you place inside the diaper to help catch the poop. While they're not always 100 percent, they certainly help lessen the damage.
- There are tons of ways of "washing out the poop" before you place the diaper in the pail. I "dunk and swish" it in the toilet. This means, I plop whatever of the poop is solid into the toilet and then use clean toilet water to rinse off the rest and clean the diaper before putting it into the pail. When researching, this was the method I was most grossed out by. But it became the most natural way to go about it once I got into the trenches of cloth diapering.
- No worries, you don't have to put your hands in the toilet. There are diaper sprayers, some people use spatulas and a few other ways you can get solid poop off diapers.
- As for blowouts, I've never had a blowout with a cloth diaper. And trust me, there should have been plenty! It all stays in the diaper, which means less clothes changes.
- The general rule for washing diapers is cold rinse cycle, hot wash cycle, cold extra rinse to get out any detergent or extra residue. And then you either dry on low-heat or line dry.
- You can achieve this with most washing machines and dryers, no matter how old (my set is about 12 years old and it works just fine).
- The general rule is that you should wash every 2 to 3 days. Right now, I average about every three days since that's about the time my diaper pail gets full.
- You should definitely not go the wash alone. Meaning, do your research. It's definitely not worth ruining your diapers because you decide to just wash them like you wash everything else.
- Also, don't feel you need to buy fancy detergents for your wash. Regular Tide works well. I use Tide Free & Gentle powder because I also use that on Mira's clothes so it keeps things simple.
- Wash your diapers as their own load vs. washing with lots of other things.
- If you start to notice that your diapers are not smelling fresh after you wash, there are a million things you can do to get the smell out so don't let that deter you from continuing to CD. I won't go into them all here but I've used a couple products with success and it wasn't a hassle.
|We store dirty diapers in a regular 13-gallon trash can with flip top from Walmart with a pail liner inside.|
|An x-large load of diapers - there are about 30 diapers in this load.|
- All-in-Ones: These are usually one-piece diapers and I think they are likely the best options for daycare as the staff will find them the least cumbersome. They usually include a snap-in insert or an already installed insert. I wasn't always keen on this type of diaper because I felt you couldn't really get it clean, but Nicki's Diapers sells one that is now my favorite diaper.
- Pockets: These diapers have inserts that you stuff inside of a pocket in the diaper. Those inserts absorb liquids and generally keep the baby feeling dry. Restuffing these can be time consuming and do require patience.
- Prefolds and Covers: These look like the old school cloth diapers, the kinds that are most often used as burp cloths. If you have a smaller baby, I recommend these. Pair them with really cute covers that either snap or have velcro closures and you're in business. If your baby hates feeling wet, they will certainly complain when wet with these because there's nothing to wick away the wetness as you see in some of the fancier types of diapers.
- All of these types come in one-size which means that there are snaps and settings that allow you to adjust the size to your baby. So the same diaper that will fit a 10-pound Mira will also fit a 30-pound Mira. Sounds unbelievable, but I actually tried one of the diapers on a friend's two-year old on the largest setting and it was actually loose on her.
- Some of my favorite brands are Nicki's Diapers brand, Bum Genius and Kawaii Baby. Kawaii Baby is the most affordable, Nicki's is mid-range and Bum Genius is the most expensive of the bunch.
|These are prefolds and diaper covers. These really worked for me when Mira was a newborn (up to about 8 pounds or so).|
|This is how the prefold and cover looks on the baby. (Sweet Pea cover, Imagine prefold)|
|This is an All-in-One diaper (Nicki's Diapers brand)|
|This is a pocket diaper - the difference is in the inside (Kawaii Baby brand)|
- Diaper rashes and yeast infections are significantly reduced because it's just cloth. The caveat to this is that you have to properly clean the diapers. Three months of cloth diapering and not one issue at all.
- If your kid has sensitive skin or eczema or any of those issues, then you should definitely consider cloth diapers.
- Disposable diapers take a long time to leave landfills. So, if you care, cloth diapers mean you don't clutter up the earth with dirty diapers that take a long time to disintegrate.