Cloth diapering is totally a thing. In fact, it’s a huge industry – more and more moms are making the switch, and now more than ever I want to take a few minutes to educate those who are interested in learning more about the world of cloth.
CD’s, Cloth diapers, Nappies, Fluff Butts – no matter what you and your mom groups may call them, the truth is, they cant be beat. Cloth is so the way to go if you want to save big money and customize your cutie’s bottom with the most colorful, trendy, patterned prints imaginable. Until cloth diapers, most of us puttered through diapering our children with the same boring mainstream brand diapers which no doubt caused chemical burns, rashes, and smelled putrid once wet. Granted, women have been cloth diapering their babies for centuries, but cloth diapers have come a very long way.
Let’s take a look at how cloth diapering can help you out financially.
Have you ever thought about just how much money you are throwing away – literally – in disposable diapers? No? Well, have a look at this chart I found on the All About Cloth Diapers website:
Okay, so at first glance, $22.00 looks like an expensive option per one diaper. But just think of all the use you will get out of it! Each cloth diaper can go through hundreds of washes and can be used for years, rather than once and into a garbage can. In fact, each diaper, if you purchase a one-size fits all diaper, will fit any baby from about 8 or 9 lbs all the way up to a 30-something pound toddler! As an added bonus, most cloth diapers perform better over time than they do when brand new. And even better, the resale value of cloth diapers is nearly as much as what you paid for the diapers as long as you keep them in good condition and take good care of them!
Now, that $22 diaper would most likely be one of the more expensive types of cloth diapers – a pocket or AIO – otherwise known as all-in-one diaper. I personally tend to use prefold and flat diapers with cloth diaper covers because there was a lower start up investment, and after having used pocket diapers and flats and prefolds, I can honestly say I much prefer prefolds, which are the ‘old-school’ type of diapering system as opposed to pockets. Prefold diapers (where I buy from) cost about $3 per diaper. The covers I use cost anywhere from $3-5 per cover. They just fit my lifestyle better than any other option, and I still get to select and use colorful, fun patterned covers with them.
I generally wash my cloth diapers every other day with Tide powder after having soaked them in a wet pail. I use a bucket filled with water to soak all used and dirty cloth diapers in, and add a few drops of tea tree oil to kill germs plus keep an unpleasant smell away until wash day. I also add about 1/4 cup of baking soda. The baking soda helps to remove any solids from the diaper that might not rinse off when I change him as well as freshens the pail and the diaper water. It also keeps the diapers from staining. I never have to use bleach, I have the sun to use for that instead! For the longest time, I used soap nuts to wash my diapers, but now I am a lover of Tide powder.
I tend to buy my diapers and supplies from Green Mountain Diapers, Alva Baby, and Nicki’s Diapers. These brands generally have the absolute best prices, and they also offer everything you could need to get started.
To get started cloth diapering, you need to decide what type of cloth diapers you want to use. If you have no idea, this helpful and handy guide will give you the lowdown on everything cloth as well as this extremely helpful guide that details everything you need to know about cloth diapering. There is myriad information available on cloth diapering your baby, you just have to take a little time out to do the research. There are also tons of YouTube videos available to teach you everything from the basics to the more complicated diaper folds and everything in between.
I am so happy that I made the switch. I am thrilled to be able to help you learn about cloth diapering as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in a comment. Also, if you would like to join the Mom.Life app, which I am on, I have a cloth diapering group chat filled with very helpful and knowledgeable mama’s who are ready and willing to help you learn to cloth diaper FREE. There is no cost to join the app or my group. We all just love cloth diapering and we love to help other ladies make the switch. If you join the app, just send me an inbox message and let me know you’re interested in joining the group! My name on the app is mrsmccormick. 🙂
If you cloth diaper, why did you choose to? What are your favorite types of cloth diapers, and why? And what are your favorite brands?