The Best Reusable Diapers

Cloth Diapers

One of your first big decisions as a new parent will be choosing how to diaper your baby. You can choose to use cloth diapers or reusable diapers, or you can choose a single use disposable diaper. There is no doubt that disposable diapers are convenient, but they are also expensive. It is estimated that diapering a baby in disposable diapers can cost between $1,500 and $2,000 before your child is potty trained. And if you choose the new “eco-friendly,” biodegradable and chlorine free disposables the cost will be even higher.

Cloth diapers can be considerably less expensive, but there is an initial start-up cost which can be anywhere from $150 and up, depending on the diapering system you choose.

Reusable Diapers

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Reusable Diapers Cloth Diapering

Typically you will need to buy the cotton diapers, waterproof diaper covers or outer shells, fleece inserts which are added to provide extra absorbency when needed, and flushable liners which help remove waste and eliminate the need to rinse the diaper before placing it in the diaper pail. All of these supplies need to be purchased up-front, but the savings can be hundreds of dollars and this savings is even greater when you use the diapers for multiple children.

Reusable Diapers

Cloth Diapers

Many people can’t get past the idea of those old cloth diapers of years ago. Today’s cloth diapers require no pins or rubber pants. They fit snug and are virtually leak-proof. These new cloth diapers use snaps or Velcro closures to make adjusting and securing the diaper as easy as using disposables. And if you still can’t decide, there’s the environmentally friendly “green” gdiaper. These g diapers have the best of both worlds and you can choose the reusable g cloth diaper or the “go green” biodegradable diaper.


Cloth Diapers - Reusable Diapers

If you want to make cloth diapering as convenient as possible, consider buying enough reusable diapers to last two to three days, this way you won’t feel like a slave to your laundry room. With a sufficient supply of diapers on hand, you can wash them every couple of days without running out. This is especially important when you are purchasing newborn diapers, your new baby will go through a lot of diapers those first few months and you may not feel like washing diapers every night. Buy enough cloth diapers to give yourself a little breathing room.

With reusable diapers you can choose unfolded, pre-folded, fitted, all-in-one or pocket diapers. An all-in-one diaper is exactly as its name implies, it is a reusable diaper that has a waterproof outer cover built-in. All-in-one diapers are extremely convenient and make diaper changes a one-step process. Many all-in-one diapers are adjustable to fit newborn through toddler and can be used until your child is potty trained. The FuzziBunz diapers are adorable and come in a large array of colors. A pocket diaper consists of a waterproof outer covering of polyester or nylon with a built-in pocket in which you place the cotton diaper or liner. Like the all-in-one diaper, pocket diapers typically have Velcro tabs or several rows of snaps for a quick, snug adjustment.


Depending on the age of your baby, you will probably need two to three dozen diapers, about a dozen waterproof covers, and any inserts or liners you might want. If you are using an all-in-one diapering system, you will only need the diaper, inserts and liners. When starting cloth diapering, it is often the most cost effective to purchase a start up set which will include the basics to get you going. Most parents will choose to add to this set so that washing diapers every night isn’t a necessity.

One concern many parents have is that cloth diapers are too labor intensive, this really isn’t the case at all. It wasn’t so long ago that most people thought recycling was too much work, now it is considered common practice across most demographics. Once you get into the rhythm of diapering and laundering with reusable diapers, it won’t seem like a bother at all. In many cases, using cloth diapers is more convenient. No more late night trips for disposable diapers!

Remember, choosing to use cloth diapers on your baby is not an all or nothing situation. If you choose cloth diapering, you can still use disposables when going out for the day, or traveling. Also, most daycare centers will not allow cloth diapers, but you can still use reusable diapers in the evenings and on weekends. Whatever diapering system works for you and your family will be the best for your baby.


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Lamme 6 years ago Author

raisingme, thanks for reading and commenting. I hope your daughter gives one of these alternatives a try. Be sure to tell her it doesn't have to be all or nothing ... even if she just uses a cloth diaper when at home, she will get a lot of benefits from it. Congratulations of the first grandbaby!


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raisingme 6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

Passing this hub on to my daughter. She is expecting the first grandchild in six weeks and has been asking me about diapers - I'm so out of touch with what is available now that I was delighted to read your hub. Brought me out of the diaper dark ages. Thank You!


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Lamme 6 years ago Author

bayoulady, I did a lot of that myself. Every family needs to decide what they can do, but I think may don't realize how easy cloth diapers can be. And even if you just use cloth diapers at home, it still helps the environment and saves a bunch of money.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Good hub!I agree with your feelings that it does not "have to be all or nothing". I used disposable diapers for outings, and when at home I used cloth. I saved quite a bit, and did my bit for the landfill problem.


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Lamme 6 years ago Author

Hi NS132, I know what you mean, disposables can get expensive ... and as you know, they serve one purpose and then it's money in the trash :) You have to do what is right for your family and be comfortable with that decision. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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NS132 6 years ago from UK

Hello again! As a dad myself I can say that I can't wait till our wee boy is potty trained! LOL We've used and are still using disposable nappy's just because it's more convenient for us but I dread to think of all the money we've spent on them! Good advice and review.


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Lamme 6 years ago Author

It's estimated at 18 billion disposable diapers are used each year, in the U.S. alone! Not to mention the untreated human waste that is technically "illegally" being dumped. Talk about a potential health risk. But I'm with you ... I just loved those fresh smelling diapers and the cozy feeling of them.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Oh now I'm just really sick at heart....can you IMAGINE how many diapers are out there? I just get totally disgusted that we have become such a 'disposable' society but we don't get that it isn't disposable at all!

It doesn't take away from the sweet memories of diapers hanging out on the line by the dozens and holding my sweet babies in my arms in their fresh diapers. I can't imagine how mine would have survived in disposables to be honest - even for their skin, it is a terrible mess!


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Lamme 6 years ago Author

Hi akirchner, they say it takes 500 years for a disposable diaper to breakdown. That's a LONG time, so every disposable diaper ever used is still sitting in the landfill.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

As I said in your other post on diapers, I can't imagine NOT using cloth diapers and being environmentally sound. Besides, I just loved diapering up my kids in them and feeling them snuggled against me. I get a little heartsick thinking about all those disposable diapers - how are they disposable anyhow? Where are they GOING? That does worry me quite a bit! Thanks for putting the info on cloth diapers out there!!!


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Lamme 6 years ago Author

Thanks pb3847. It's becoming more common, but there are still a lot of people who just can't imagine using cloth. I really liked the idea of giving my babies a nice fluffy diaper, it just seemed so soft and cozy :)


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pb3847 6 years ago

Great article. My mom used cloth diapers for me and all my siblings, and while it was a little more work, she always felt good about not filling landfills. Great to see such an in-depth Hub on the topic!


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Lamme 6 years ago Author

Hi fucsia, I think you've made a good point. Sometimes we do things just because it seems the "normal" thing to do. Cloth diapering can save money and our footprint on this planet. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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fucsia 6 years ago

I am not mom, but I am pleased to read tip like this: is great for economize and for preserving our environment, that is a our responsibility (and too many people forget this!).

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