Why to: cloth diaper


I cloth diaper my babies for great reasons

  • To save money
  • To protect the earth
  • And, to protect my baby from harmful chemicals

Save Money

We were blessed enough to receive most of our collection in gifts, free hand-me downs, or very cheap hand-me downs.  It helped that we didn’t want much else on our baby wishlist except for cloth diapers!  But, even if we did buy our whole collection, we’d still be saving money.  Here’s the math.

Cost of Cloth: $416.15

This is priced using Best Bottoms.

  • 9 covers
  • 21 inserts
  • 21 large inserts
  • 4 small overnight inserts for doubling (hemp)
  • 4 large overnight inserts for doubling (hemp)

These numbers get you through a 3-4 day wash cycle.

Cost of Disposables:  $1,596.88

And this is only if you have your baby potty trained at 2.5 years old and that you only use an average of 7 diapers every 24 hours.

This is priced using Seventh Generation diapers, from what I know of disposables they are in the low range for cost.  They are what we would buy if we bought disposables because they are the only brand that gets at A+ according to Better World Shopping Guide.

Brief moment on a soap box.

Vote with your dollar.  Stop voting for the naughty companies that are destroying our world.

Off soap box.

How long will it take for my cloth diapers to pay for themselves?

Less than 7 months.

Protect the Earth

The best thing you can do to be a good steward when it comes to diapering is to cloth diaper!  You will be saving all the energy that is wasted into our world in the manufacturing process.  You will save the resources that go into those diapers. And you save a disgustingly huge heap of diapers from rotting in a landfill.

Protect Your Baby from Harmful Chemicals

I quote:  “Dioxins and sodium polyacrylate, two of the chemicals found in disposable diapers, have either been linked to or have caused the following toxic responses: cancer, reproductive & infertility problems, asthma & respiratory distress, hormonal problems, developmental & cognitive problems, suppressed immune system, diabetes, endometriosis, allergic reactions, chemical burns, Chloracne…” (http://awesomebeginnings4children.com/the-harmful-chemicals-in-disposable-diapers/). These are just two out of the eight commonly known and used harmful chemicals in most disposable diapers.

Cloth diapers are all natural.  No harmful chemicals.

Do I hope this shortish blog post sways you to acquire cloth diapers for your children?

Absolutely.  There are some things in life I am more than certain are the best way to go, cloth diapering is one of them!  Let’s save some money while helping conserve our resources, protecting the world God gave us from any trash and chemicals we can, and protecting our developing babies from diaper toxins that leech into them through their skin.

More blog posts to help you start your journey into cloth diapering:

Cloth Diapering 101

Laundering Your Cloth Diapers 101

Lastly, after all is said and done here, I do not judge.  I love all my fellow moms no matter what path you take because it’s hard enough being a mom without feeling judged at every turn.  Continue to consider me a safe harbor to share any struggles, I’m always happy to listen and commiserate.

For those of you that do cloth diaper, why do you do it and what do you love most about it?




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