Diapers. Seemingly the root of all evil. Parents spend thousands of dollars each year to buy disposable papery things that simply catch poop and then hang out in a landfill for a couple of hundred years. Oh, boy. I personally cannot think of a better way to spend my hard-earned money. Right. But, it seems like there is no way around it. I mean, we have to keep our babies tushies clean and dry, and so we spend away just hoping that whatever brand we’ve chosen actually does the trick. I mean, what parent hasn’t experienced the dreaded “blowout” on the ONE day that they forgot to pack an extra outfit?
Before I had even conceived my daughter, I was already looking for ways to save on her care and I knew that diapers were one of the largest expenses in the early years. I was frustrated at finding that the less expensive diapers had poor reviews and even though there were coupons and shipping clubs, it seemed that in the end we were going to spend thousands of dollars diapering this child from birth to potty training. Until I discovered cloth.
The world of cloth diapering is vast and is growing in popularity every day. Brick-and-mortar cloth diaper stores are still rare, so online forums and groups are the best places to find information. Options are plenty with seemingly endless brands, from one-size-fits-all to sized, and options such as all-in-ones, pockets, prefolds and flats. And to spite the conflicting and often confusing information online, cleaning and caring for cloth is actually quite simple.
My husband and I wanted something easy and cost-effective. We decided to go with prefolds and covers which are easy to assemble, go on and off much like a disposable diaper, and were the most cost effective option we could find. We loved the different patterns and colors available in the covers and the trimness of the diapers (that can be quite important with cloth). Before our daughter was even born we had stocked up on everything we would need for her entire diapering journey. She is now 7 months old and we have not spent a single dollar on diapers (except the occasional pack of Pampers to use on long trips away from home). And for the record, those dreaded blowouts that I mentioned don’t happen with cloth. Seriously! But, more on that later.
How much did we spend? Here’s the breakdown…
$405 might sound like a lot of money (it does to me), but it is far from what you might spend on disposables in even the first year of your baby’s life. Babycenter.com estimates that disposable diapers cost about $72 monthly bringing your first year cost to $864, more Continue reading