Jump On The Cloth Diapering Bandwagon: Going Green Can Save You Lots Of Green

By Sherri Kuhn

Does the idea of using cloth diapers make you cringe? Cloth diapering has come a long way. Gone are the bulky folds of cloth held in place by massive diaper pins that your mother (or grandmother) may have used. Diaper companies are jumping on the bandwagon and offering so many cute options you may not even consider disposables for your baby. Continue reading about the benefits of cloth diapers…

Benefits of cloth

Cloth diapers are soft against your baby’s tender skin and free from chemicals that disposable diapers contain to make them more absorbent. To keep baby’s skin from developing a painful rash, diapers need to be changed as frequently as possible — whether you are using cloth or disposable. Today’s cloth diapers have adorable covers in cute patterns, designed to fit your baby’s contours and provide better protection. Closures with Velcro or snaps make changing a cloth diaper as easy as disposables.

Who loves cloth?

Many celebrities have been big fans of cloth diapers for years, and many more seem to be jumping on board. Among celebs said to have stashed cloth diapers in their diaper bag are Tori Spelling, Heidi Klum, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alyssa Milano and Denise Richards. With all of the cute styles and trendy patterns available, who wouldn’t want the paparazzi to snap a photo?

Mother Nature’s opinion

What about the environment? While it’s estimated that disposable diapers take years to completely break down in landfills, cloth diapers can be reused for years and for subsequent babies. While you do use resources such as water and electricity to launder cloth diapers, the effect on the environment may still be less.

Save some green

One of the lesser-known benefits of cloth diapering is the amount of money you can save over the period of time from your baby’s birth until she is potty trained. The estimated cost of $300 – $500 for a complete set of cloth diapers seems high until you compare the $2,500 price tag parents will shell out for disposables.

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  • Ebonita

    I am so amped about cloth diapers! A slightly bizare response, I know. I look forward to using them when I have children.

  • Barbra

    My son, now 18 months, has been cloth diapered since 4 months. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I use mostly AppleCheeks and AMP. The diapers are unbelievably adorable (hello, instant outfit) and easy to clean and maintain. And most importantly, instead of spending $2000+ on disposable diapers from birth to potty learning, I’ve spent maybe $400 max. You can get a lot of great deals on cloth diapers these days. Buy in bulk, watch for buy X-get X free sales, free diaper promo codes from various websites and checking the daily deal websites. I think I have a slight fluff addiction. I’m sure we have way more than we really need for one child. =D

  • Bernadette

    I am 56 and cloth diapered all 3 of my children. The first 2 I used whit flannelette flat with pins and plastic pants. My third I used a diaper service. I am now fostering babies (we had 3 in diapers) and used disposables at first. I hated throwing out a grocery bag of dirty diapers every day and went to a diaper service. After those 3 were potty trained we got another babe a d my friend introduced me to the new era of cloth diapers. Pockets, AIO’s, AI2’s, fitteds, hybrids – such a selection and an addiction! I have taken advantage of co ops and built a stash and also order custom fitted hybrids from WAHM’s (work at home moms).

  • I love cloth diapering and have 3 children who were all in cloth! It has saved us so much money and are soo adoreable! The cloth diapers today are so not like our grandparents cloth diapers.. they are stylish, easier to use, and save you money! I fell in love with cloth diapering so much I opened my own store called Nature Bumz Co. http://www.naturebumz.com where I’m able to feed my addiction and help others start their own stash! 🙂

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