Expecting a baby?
Chances are it wasn’t long into pregnancy when an important decision surfaced: whether to use disposable or cloth diapers on the approaching baby.
Cloth diapers are returning to mainstream use after being on somewhat of a generation’s hiatus. There are a variety of reasons both personal and practical for this: saving money, reducing waste, environmental concerns, seeking a better alternative for our babies.
» they allow for better breathing reducing or eliminating skin irritations
» saves considerable money
» waste is dramatically diminished
» environmentally friendly
» encourages faster transition from diapers to toilet use – a baby’s awareness of being wet is more pronounced with a cloth diaper as it does not wick away moisture in the same manner as a disposable
» cloth diaper’s long life allows them to serve more than one child (see saved money)
To put things into perspective, the comparisons below briefly outline how cloth diapering is better for Earth as well as your bank balance.
disposables versus cloth costs
Disposable costs are ongoing and it’s safe to assume that a baby will spend approximately 2.5-3 years wearing diapers. The number above is a yearly one. Cloth diapers may have a significant upfront cost but the savings over time are huge.
in brief: how disposables impact the environment
If these points resonate with your practical, environmental and frugal senses then here’s another appealing concept: makingyour own cloth diapers
While making a diaper might sound complicated, it’s quite straight forward and rewarding not to mention extremely cost effective.
If the notion of cloth diapering is new to you, then you’re probably curious about the methods and what’s involved. Understandable! Follow the links below to learn about the basics, washing techniques and to see a more comprehensive breakdown of how making your own is the most affordable of all!