I have been asked a number of times when at different places with Rosalie whether or not Cloth Diapering is really better than using disposable diapers. My answer has always been; Well, that depends!
It just depends on the baby, your situation, etc! In our case, yes, cloth diapers ARE better.
I love using cloth diapers and I honestly wish I would have given it more thought with my boys. I didn’t realize that they had come so far in 16 years (my mom cloth diapered my 2 youngest brothers) and all I remember with them was the plastic pants, that never failed to leak on me when I was holding one of them, holding the inserts of the diapers by the corner & flushing the toilet to get the poo out of them, then putting them in a walmart/some type of plastic bag to take them to the laundry room. (I was 13 so the idea of touching poo, even though I would wash my hands aferwards, absolutely grossed me out!)
With Rosalie, I don’t have to touch her poo! Even now, with her being almost a year old, her poo is still fairly soft, being that she’s been primarily breastfed! Since we are in the process of getting her off what little formula she did take and getting her used to whole milk and her eating more & more table food, it’s starting to become more solid, but it’s still not that bad!
She has had 1 really really bad rash, in 11 1/2 months of being here and that ended up being a yeast infection. With my boys, they had already had quite a few rashes by the time they were a year old!
With our boys, we used approximately 2 boxes of diapers a month. At $19 x 24 (2 boxes a month remember!) by their first birthday, we had gone through approximately $456 worth of diapers (NOT including tax!) For Rosalie – We haven’t had to buy many disposables – though we DO have them & HAVE used them, Other than the newborn diapers we were gifted before she was born (from a friend who’s son is just a couple weeks older & couldn’t use Huggies – and my sister in law who didn’t NEED newborn diapers for her 10lb newborn son lol) I’d say we’ve maybe used 2 of the smaller packs of each size (she’s in a size 3 right now in disposables!)! They are a good thing to keep on hand, for when you’re traveling, or if your LO has a rash or something!
The money that we have saved by using cloth is tremendous! If Rosalie is anything like the boys, she’ll be in diapers until the 2 1/2 – 3 year old mark. That would be $1368 in diapers ALONE! Whoa!
In my opinion, for our family, cloth is better for the money! We have saved & will continue saving money by using cloth!
Cloth diapers are exponentially better for the environment! It takes a disposable diaper anywhere from 200-500 years to decompose! That means poo from your Grandparents & their parents are still in the landfills! In my case, my GREAT GRANNIE will be 94 years old this year & so her parents poo is still in landfills – IF they used disposables! I know my grandmother did on my mom & aunts & uncles, because she’s one of the main people who has tried talking me out of using cloth. I listened real well didn’t I?! In a house with a child in diapers, those disposable diapers (if that’s what they use) take up up to 50% of the household waste! Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feed stocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR. When I use cloth, I know that what I’m putting on Rosalie’s bum isn’t full of chemicals and other stuff! It’s 100% cotton, or bamboo, or something like that!
Cloth is better for the environment!
As I said before, She has had only 1 really bad rash that required ointment and that ended up being a yeast infection. For the amount of time that her pediatrician instructed us to use the ointment, we switched to disposables. She was a lot crankier when we put her in the disposables and I’ll admit, we did have more trash at that time!
When I clean her diapers out, we have one of those shower heads that has the long hose on it & you can detach it. I will spray them out (if they are dirty & not just wet) in the bathtub, then clean the bathtub. Normally, everything just goes straight down the drain – since our drain is a hole & we plug it by one of those rubber things! Then I just put her diapers in the wetbag that hangs by our washer/dryer & wash them every other day.
So in conclusion;
Cloth is better FOR OUR FAMILY because we like how much better it is for the environment & how much money we save. The diapers are super duper cute and we KNOW what we are putting on Rosalie’s bum!
I’m sure that there are some people out there who think they can’t afford diapers – I’d say we have purchased less than $300 worth of diapers and we don’t HAVE to use disposables! You don’t have to buy diapers that are cute, etc! You can still get the ones that have the plastic pants & pins on them. And you’ll STILL save money!