Guy and I decided a long time ago that we would like to try to cloth diaper. I know what you are thinking really, cloth diapering, with all the great new disposable diapers available? The short answer to that is yes. But, let’s be honest do you ever get the short answer with me? The decision in sort of tri-fold for us.
1: Its better for the environment. There are millions of diapers sitting in landfills taking up space and not decomposing. In fact its estimated that a disposable diaper takes up to 500 years to fully decompose in a land fill. While we will be using a little bit more water than normal which we have taken into account before deciding and we have constructed a diaper stash that will only add one extra load of laundry every three days.
2:It is significantly less expensive. Our cloth diaper stash that we have now cost us about $250 but will last us for the next 5 months (at least). And we can sell the covers when the baby grows out of them. Our stash is actually pretty posh is comparison to some. If you were to do pre-folds and covers from birth to potty training you could do it for about $350 which is considerably less than the $2000+ we would be spending on disposables. (Plus cloth diapered kids tend to potty train earlier)
3: With all the Pampers DryMax stuff coming out in the news lately we want to avoid any unnecessary chemical interactions between Harper and her diaper. While most disposable diapers are safe for everyday use, the Proctor and Gamble lawsuit has brought some issues to the forefront such as the chemical ingredients used in many diapers.
(4: They have some really really really cute diapers out there).
PS: We would like to say that this post is not in anyway vilifying the use of disposable diapers which we will research and probably switch to when I go back to work as most day cares do not accommodate the use of cloth. We made the decision to cloth diaper based on what is best for our family at this time. The needs and habits of every family are different.