But then my friend and landlady, Amy, started to cloth diaper and due to our shared laundry room - I noticed. We talked about them quite a bit. I was pregnant with Lincoln at the time she was well under way in her own journey with cloth diapers. Through our conversations and some convincing statistics, the lifestyle and benefits of cloth diapering won me over.
The convincing statistics:
- More money in the bank: You will save an average of $800 on your first child, and an average of $1,100 with each of your consecutive children.
- Help the environment: Disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose. And, the average child will create about 2 tons of waste in their diapered lifetime.
- You can read a more eloquent discussion about this here.
- Depending on your stash and your baby's production, you will only need to do 2-3 loads of cloth diapers a week.
- Changing a cloth diaper only requires seconds more of your time per diaper change.
- The diapers are a little bulkier than disposable, but not unreasonably so.
- Exclusively breastfed babies' diapers need no hand dipping or spraying: their poop rinses out in a pre-rinse cycle in the wash. Although, a lovely tool has been made for the time when baby's poop becomes less pleasant with the addition of formula and/or solid foods to their diets (I will discuss that in a future post).
- Children who are cloth diapered generally potty train faster because they feel the wetness easier, and are already used to the cloth feel on their bums.
- Drastically fewer blowouts. (We had several in the first couple weeks when Lincoln was wearing disposable dipes, but have only had one mild one with the cloth.)
- Cloth diapered babies generally have less diaper rash.
- Cloth diapers look adorable on their little baby bums! (See photo evidence below.) :)
UPDATE 5/21: Here is my second post on cloth diapers - My Stash.