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Cloth Diapering For Under $100
What are the benefits?
Cloth diapers are an environmentally friendly way to diaper your child as they aren't simply plastic liners that sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. Sure, we do use more water when washing the diapers, more energy to wash the diapers, and more time to use, clean, and organize the diapers but it is overall better for our environment. This argument is pretty much the focus of many people who use cloth diapers. The focus, however, in this article is going to be about the many other benefits you see from cloth diapering.
- Less chemicals from the diapers going into your child's skin. It may not be proven that diapers do contain chemicals but anything manufactured by a factory is going to contain some sort of substance that you probably do not want on your baby's bottom. After all, it is suggested we wash all new clothes before wearing them. Diapers really aren't any different.
- Less diaper rash issues. This is true in my case, my daughter had way less diaper rash issues after switching to cloth diapers. This may not be true for everybody but it is a definitely a strong reason for me to stick with cloth.
- Less poopy blowouts. I have had leaks in disposable diapers as well as cloth diapers. I had a poopy blowout at least once a week with the disposable diapers while I've only gotten a few urine leaks with the cloth.
- Cute designs. This may seem like a somewhat silly benefit however most mommies want their babies to be the cutest little people on the planet. We want our babies to be adorable from head to toe (including their bottoms!). Cloth diapering gives you a wide array for cute designs and prints for your baby without having to pay for diaper covers and disposable diapers.
- They are good for multiple children. If you plan on having more than one, your diapers can be good for all children. I haven't tested this theory but I would guess it would be fine since people resell cloth diapers all the time. This brings down the overall practicality and cost of cloth diaper way down.
What are the savings?
Babies are expensive. That is a pretty obvious fact that is considered by every expecting parent that is living on a budget. Diapers will be one of your biggest costs (if not the biggest) that is unavoidable. Babies also go through tons and tons of diapers. Babies also grow extremely quick and go through diaper sizes like they go through milk. This makes it rather difficult to buy in bulk and buying a pack of diapers is expensive.
- The cheapest diapers you can get will roughly cost you $0.12.
- If your child goes through 10 diapers a day for the first month you will spend about $36 on diapers.
- If you child goes through 9 diapers a day for the second month you will (in total) spend about $68
- If you child goes through 8 diapers a day for the third month you will (in total) spend about $97
- If you child goes through 7 diapers a day for the fourth month you will (in total) spend about $122
This is being a bit generous with the amount of diapers you will use and how much you will spend per diaper. The amount of diapers you will use varies by baby (some babies sleep 8 hours at night while others need two diaper changes a night). The cost per diaper is also a bit generous since the price increase as the size increases. So as you can see, we passed the $100 threshold in less than six months. If you cloth diaper, your diapers are good up to 25 sometimes 35 pounds. That may be getting a bit hopefully with how long your diapers may last, but it is for sure that they will fit your child past six months of age. Therefore, it's pretty easy to see that cloth diapers are more financially smart if you can buy them cheap.
How do you get started?
When you google search "cloth diapers" and are looking to buy the diapers you will find hundreds of websites selling these diapers for roughly ten to fifteen dollars a diaper. I am here to tell you that buying those diapers will most likely be just fine and will also save you money. However you will be spending upfront a lot of money....way more than the $100 budget I gave myself. Here are my tips to get you started without breaking the budget:
- Wish.com. This is where I went to get started on cloth diapers. You can buy them for about $2 a piece (ridiculously cheap I know) but give yourself plenty of time for them to ship to you (they usually take about 3 or 4 weeks). Some people (including myself) have had bad experiences with this website with not receiving items however they will refund you if you don't receive them. I did receive all the diapers I ordered through the site and bought my whole stash of the pocket covers for about $50 (I bought 25 diapers). On the website, simply search cloth diapers and you will find what you need. They are a little lower quality than most cloth diapers on the market, however from my experience they do just fine.
- Amazon.com. Amazon is a wonderful place to get anything you need. This is where I got my liners. Make sure you buy the thick liners (I bought the microfiber ones and they do just fine). I paid $10 for a pack of six and bought four of them (for a total of $40). I signed up for the trial of Amazon Prime to get free shipping which brings my total amount of money spent on cloth diapering to $90.
- Amazon also offers started cloth diapering packages for about $30 for a pack of 6 liners and diapers. If you go this route you can get 18 ready to go cloth diapers for around $100 (most packages cost more than $30). If you search for "Love My" you will find quite a few really cute packages that will work just fine for you.
- Laundry detergent. You will need to buy a more natural detergent or "sensitive skin" detergent for these diapers. I use the Great Value "Natural laundry detergent which works great in my opinion. I only spent $10 for my first container so that would bring the total up to $100 spent on starting cloth diapering.
- Keep in mind that the cost of laundering (the cost of water, detergent, energy, etc) the cloth diapers is a factor however these costs (in my opinion) are irrelevant when considering whether cloth diapering is a cost effective solution to diaper your child. Everybody has different needs and different factors to consider but overall cloth diapering will save you money.
Cloth Diapers from Wish.com
Liners from Amazon.com
Comments or Extras
If you have any comments or extra information to add, please leave it in the comments section. I would love to hear about your experiences with cloth diapering or extra tips that all moms could use!