Are you considering cloth diapers? Good! It makes financial sense. It makes environmental sense. Let’s talk about why.
Cloth diapers are cheaper to use than disposables. Disposable diapers cost around $0.19 – $0.45 per diaper change. That varies based on the type of disposable diaper you buy. If you buy cheap store brand diapers, you may spend less. If you buy higher end name brand diapers, you could spend more. Every single disposable diaper you buy and use is thrown in a landfill. How much money are you wasting? Replace that image of a disposable diaper fluttering in the breeze at a landfill with a mental image of piles of quarters. There you go! You may have thrown away around thousands of dollars by the time your baby starts potty training.
Cloth diapers are an initial investment that pays off in the long run. Your initial investment will vary based on the brand you choose. Cotton Babies offers cloth diapering packages that range from $34.95 to $339.00. Want to spring for the nicer diapers (like bumGenius) but not sure how you can afford it? Try the budget plan. Buy one diaper per paycheck. Did you know that shipping is free on everything at Cotton Babies, including cloth diapers?
Is it worth it? Heck yeah! Even if you only saved a little bit of money because you bought the most expensive cloth diapers on the market, it is a little bit more money than you would have if you’d chosen to use disposable diapers and thrown that money in the landfill instead! Use cloth diapers. It makes financial sense.
Cloth diapers are more convenient. Imagine just realizing that you just picked up the last disposable diaper. The diaper bag was empty. The “emergency stash” in the car was gone. Now what? Well, you can send your partner out on an emergency trip to the grocery store, or you can rest easy because you have cloth diapers. It’s just time to do a quick load of laundry!
Cloth diapers are better for the environment because they prevent landfill waste. According to a recent EPA study, disposable diapers take up over 1.5% of the space in landfills. Cotton Babies is in the middle of researching more information about many pounds of waste your baby will contribute to that landfill waste if you choose disposable diapers. Research is so impersonal though! If you are anything like me, it is hard to correlate numbers in a spreadsheet to something visual that really affects my life. Thankfully, Hollywood took the time to create the visual for us. Have you seen Wall-E yet? Remember the mountains of garbage? Every time I see a disposable diaper in the trash, I have mental images of the piles of garbage that little robot was trying to clean up. That’s enough to make my insides shudder. I’ve written quite a bit more on this issue (and included links to relevant studies) in my Cloth Diapers – Just the Basics resource page.
Cloth diapers are realistic. Yes, cloth diapers can be used in virtually any family situation. What solution you choose will vary based on some variables – including whether or not you work outside of your home and who is the primary caregiver for your child. If you are a stay at home parent, it is easy to use cloth diapers all the time. If you work outside the home, consider using cloth diapers on the weekends and overnight. Some daycare providers will cloth diaper your baby though (to boost your argument, consider a one-piece cloth diaper like bumGenius Elemental All-In-Ones). I don’t know your individual situation though. It is important to identify what your family needs and just choose a diapering solution that will work for you!
You can do this! How can we help? We’ve been selling cloth diapers a long time and are always glad to share our experience with you. Call us at 1-314-892-1855 and talk to a customer service rep today! You can find us by email, on Facebook and Twitter too.