We decided to jump on the cloth diaper band wagon for Hudson. I had read about cloth diapers since Maddux was a baby but was a little unsure on how to go about it… and I was apprehensive about how difficult it would be compared to disposable diapers.
Luckily I have a friend who cloth diapered… and she was able to answer my questions and kind of walk me through the process. And she was right, it was pretty simple and after talking with her I decided we would give it a try.
It’s a lot of money up front all at once. And you need about 20-25 diapers. Now if you stay home, you could get by with less, you would just have a bit of laundry to do.
These diapers are about 20 bucks a piece. However, if you do some researching you can almost always find some sort of sale online and bring it down to around 13 bucks a piece. I will be honest with you, we bought probably 15 new and then I went ahead and ordered a bundle listed on ebay of 10 diapers so I would have extras when needed. And we always need them! I know that here and there I will buy a new one and I am sure our collection will continue to grow. Since Hudson has been born I have bought 3 new ones. I just check a few online stores and check their clearance section… and a lot of the time they will be getting rid of seasonal colors so I have grabbed a few at that time.
So up front at most $20 bucks for 20 diapers you are looking at $400. Thats the highest side of this. But again, online you will find them cheaper. I have bought them for as low as $13. But if you think about how many boxes of disposable diapers you go through over 2.5 years you know that is a lot of $$$$$$ you are saving in the long run. You will never have to run out… or send your husband out for a late night diaper run. I think that is the best part. We never have to worry about it.
I decided to address a few questions others have asked me about cloth diapers…
What brand do you use? We use BumGenius.
Do you have to buy different sizes of diapers? – These diapers last from newborn until they are out of diapers. They are one size fits all and I do not foresee there being any issues on that. I have never read about anyone having an issue with the sizing. There are snaps that adjust your diaper size.
Do the diapers leak? – The diapers are waterproof. And we have not had a single issue with him leaking.
What do you do with the dirty diapers? – We actually put them into a bag in our laundry room to keep the smell from taking over. and we havent had any major issues. I will tell you… I was shocked at how potent pee was. Like hits you in the face and makes you gag if you do not put these suckers in a bag to contain that smell. but they make wet bags you can use… or I know people use pails or tins. But since I wash them every night the wet bag works for us.
How often are you doing laundry? – I honestly just throw them in the wash every night. I am sure we could get away with doing them every few days or so, but I have just been in the habit of tossing in a small load every night before bed. And that has worked out for us.
What do you do when you travel? – We buy disposables :) I know a few that still cloth diaper or purchase disposable inserts… but we just take the easy way out.
How did you get your husband to be okay with cloth diapers? – A lot of people ask how I got Jerry on board with cloth diapering… and it seems that men are often … unsure of this decision. To be honest, Jerry is just kind of on board with what I want to do most of the time when it comes to stuff like this. He was skeptical… and hesitant…. and probably would have rather not in the beginning. We bought one of those toilet sprayers… because I knew that would make it easier… and would help with his hesitation. And I can honestly say now… he recommends it to everyone. It’s so nice not having to run out and buy diapers… we just throw them in the wash… and they are ready to go. we don’t have to worry about sizing him for different diapers because these grow with him… They have made our lives easier.
Do cloth diapers stain? – To be honest, this worried me quite a bit too. However, someone suggested bleaching them in the sun. So we put the damp diaper out on our balcony… for a few hours in direct sunlight… and they are back to being stain free.
Is your daycare okay with cloth diapers? – We checked with our childcare provider to make sure she was on board with us using cloth diapers…. before we decided to make the jump. Because we did this to save money and if we had to buy diapers for daycare then we would not have ended up saving as much.
If I had to give you one negative. They are bulkier than disposable diapers. And that took some adjusting to. He is probably one size up in clothing because of the size of the diaper. But honestly that is the only negative thing I have to say.
If you are considering cloth diapering…It’s so incredibly easy. And saves you so much time and money. It is well worth the investment.