As some of you know, I have 2 children under the age of two, which means 2 in diapers. If you have children, then you know having 1 in diapers can get expensive….just multiply that with 2. My daughters diapers we didn’t have to buy because we had them left over from my son, but my son was another story. Between diapers for him and wipes for both, we were spending close to $60 a month!
I have always been interested in cloth diapers and being a first time mom it seemed way too much to try all at once and I couldn’t justify spending $15+ on a cloth diaper. So about 20 months later, I really started getting into the details of it, plus I found ebay (that is for a whole different post). I found that I could get a really cheap cloth diaper for about $1. I knew the quality wasn’t going to be the best, but I was just trying it out and if I liked it then I can get the better quality ones. I figured that if I use the diaper 5 times then I would have made my money back.
Little did I know that I would absolutely love it. I mean as much as anyone can dealing with a dirty diaper. I have found that it isn’t any harder than disposable diaper, it is just different. Instead of putting my diaper in the diaper genie, I clean it off and put it in the diaper pail. When I am out, I just wrap it up like I would normally and put it in the same plastic bag I would use if it was disposable. Every 2 days I do a load of laundry. It really is nothing more than that.
So would I recommend it to all parents? No. It isn’t for everyone. I personally think that for a first time parent it could be a challenge to do on top of learning to cope with a new infant. I wouldn’t recommend it to a parent who only has time to do laundry once a week. Though for most parents it is doable, and it save tons of money!
We still use disposable diapers for night time and mostly when we are out, but that is more because we have them and they are open. I know in the future we will be all cloth. We have bought some better brands for my son that fit him better, but I haven’t found anything wrong with the cheap ones.
For more information on cloth diapers go here for part 1, here for part 2, here for part 3. All three posts are guest posts written by Evelyn Langdon who is a mother of three boys and uses cloth diapers.