Cloth Diapering

I posted and update to our cloth diapering adventure about a year after this post.

As mentioned in a previous post, we chose to do cloth diapers. We received alot of flak for this saying that they give us only a few weeks of doing it, and then we would end up going to disposables. I don’t think people realize how much cloth diapers have changed in the last couple of decades. We have done it now for the last month and we love it. Not only do we love it but William loves it too. The first few times we put him in cloth he was so happy, we weren’t sure exactly why he was but I’m sure part of it was they felt nice on his bum.

The diapers we chose were BumGenius 4.0’s. We don’t have to worry about folding them correctly on William or anything like that, unlike how they were 20 years ago. They have Velcro (or snap and loop since Velcro is trademarked) tabs that again act like regular diapers. There are also removable inserts that “collects” everything and it makes it easier to wash. We’ve even made it alot easier on ourselves and purchased a sprayer for our toilet (it has become William’s porcelain throne and he hasn’t even used it yet). This has made life so much easier so that we haven’t had to get out scrape off the poo into the garbage. It all goes down into the where ever poo goes. It’s not as hard as people make it out to be.

We purchased a total of 24 diapers which totaled to about $450 upfront, that may sound like alot to the average person to spend right away. Look at the savings though: say you spend 20 bucks a week on diapers your spending $1040 a year on diapers and over the course of 3 years until he/she is potty trained that’s $3120 making an investment of $450 save you $2670! According to The New Parents Guide you will spend nearly $50 to $80 a month on diapers. That makes my estimate alot lower then what theirs would come up, using their numbers you would spend nearly $2600 – $4160 a year on diapers, so yes my numbers may be low but their numbers seem rather high to me. That is if you are just interested in the money aspect of cloth diapering.

You are probably now asking yourself don’t you have to buy new diapers as they grow, the answer is NO! The diapers we chose BumGenius 4.0 one-size. They have snaps that make the diaper grow as the baby grows. They will fit kids up to 35 pounds.

These were just the diapers we chose there are many other brands of diapers to choose from FuzziBunz, Bumkins, and gDiapers to name a few. I just didn’t want this to end up as an advertisement for the bumGenius since those are the ones that we chose.

The impact on the environment I’m going to leave it up to this paragraph from The New Parents Guide:

It is estimated that roughly 5 million tons of untreated waste and a total of 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills annually. It takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers for American babies alone. Although some disposables are said to be biodegradable; in order for these diapers to decompose, they must be exposed to air (oxygen) and sun. Since this is highly unlikely, it can take several hundred years for the decomposition of disposables to take place, with some of the plastic material never decomposing.

There is more information on how disposables effect the environment but I won’t delve into that to much since this wasn’t very much of a deciding factor for the decision to go cloth.

Our deciding factor was the cost. It’s ridiculous how much one would spend on diapers and personally that would break us!

I’m not trying to sway people either way between the cloth vs. disposable debate, I just want people to realize that the other option (cloth) is available and not quite as difficult as it seems.

I do not receive any type of compensation from bumGenius or Cotton Babies for this review.  I just wanted to let people know that there is still this option and you can find some sort of cloth diaper that fits your needs today.


About The Rookie Dad

I am husband and father foremost. Secondly, I am a PBS producer and contribute to Traveling Dads and Dads Round Table.

Posted on January 17, 2011, in Baby Gear and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Interesting. The cost is overall better then disposable but we spend much less on disposable then what you quoted. Thanks to Amazon Mom we spend around $30 a month (perhaps more depending on how fast she goes through a pack) and often get them delivered the day after ordering. So it would take a year for the costs to even out. I think my personnel desire to go disposable is not wanting to clean the diapers! I REALLY hate cleaning soiled outfits so I imagine it would be similar to that.

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