Thursday, April 12, 2012

cloth diapers

Yep, I'm going there.

Brace yourself.

I never heard of cloth diapering until Jack was about a year old.  And when I heard about it I immediately thought of kids with cloth and pins... so old school and weird. 

And then I really learned about them.

They look like normal diapers and are held together with velcro or snaps.

Look at this cloth diaper... 
Adorable right?

Moving on.

The diaper shown is actually the shell of a diaper.  That means there is an insert on the inside that you can change with each diaper change and use the same waterproof shell, after wiping it clean.  You can also double up on inserts for night-time or if you have a heavy wetter.

Here's what inserts look like...
FYI: There are also AIO (all in one) diapers out there, meaning there are no inserts, it's just one whole cloth diaper that you wash altogether.  It's a bit more pricey though, so we are more than likely sticking to shells and inserts.  The diaper and inserts shown above are the Thirsties Duo Wrap.

Some diapers actually grow with your baby, so you can buy a diaper that lasts from birth through the potty training years.  The diaper shown above is a two step diaper, meaning it grows with your baby so you only need two sizes from birth to potty-trained.

So why would someone cloth diaper?

The main reason for us is the cost savings.  It's ridiculous when you do the math.

Let's say disposables roughly cost around $50 per month, maybe more when the baby is younger, and we'll say you will be diapering your child for three years.  That means you will be spending 1800 dollars when all said and done.  A great cloth diaper stash will cost you about $500 when all said and done.  That saves you $1300!

Some other benefits?  Babies that are cloth diapered actually potty train earlier.  It's very eco-friendly since you're not filling a landfill with thousands of disposables and did I mention you save lots of money?  Some people are also happy because there are not a bunch of gel filled chemicals against their baby's skin.  Also, no more worrying about running out of diapers!

So what about the dirty details?

Depending on the type of diapers you buy (it is overwhelming all the cloth diapering options out there) you just change your baby's diaper like normal, except if your baby poops you're suppose to plop the poop into the toilet and throw the dirty diaper into a "wet bag."  And every other day, you wash the inserts and diapers.

Now for the other question I'm sure you're wondering about.

How did I win Joel over?

It was insanely simple.  I had one conversation that lasted about 5 minutes going over the basics and he was onboard.  I was shocked.  I need to give the guy more credit because sometimes I forget just how open-minded he is.  He also loves the phase, "will save us money."  I was way more skeptical than Joel when someone told me about cloth diapering.

Obviously this route is not for everyone.  With me staying home with Jack, and running a very part-time photography business, I think this is a great choice for us.  I'm still researching and figuring out exactly what we need and how much for baby #2.  It's wonderful to know I'll only have one baby in diapers and it is going to be insanely cheaper than when we diapered Jack.

I only wish I had heard about this before Jack was born, and if you have multiple children you can reuse the diapers with each child... more cost savings!  Woo!

Also, you maybe surprised that this is becoming quite mainstream.  Two of my best friends cloth diaper their kids (or did cloth diaper) and have nothing but encouragement and good things to say about their experience.  I hope it works for us!

Disclaimer: I am not a cloth diapering guru, so hopefully all of my information in this post is accurate.  Also, this post is very much the simplified version of cloth diapering.  If you'd like more information on cloth diapering, I've been told this website is amazing.


  1. When my first two babies were born we used a "diaper service" that would deliver the softest, sweetest-smelling cloth diapers to our home and take away the dirties. We used these clippie-things instead of pins that could poke. My babies absolutely LOVED their cloth diapers. It was a sad day when diaper service in Columbus was discontinued. The first time I ever put a plastic disposable diaper on my oldest, he promptly pulled it off...hated them. I didn't have the energy to do cloth diapers myself for two babies (the first two were 13 months apart), and there wasn't the nifty ones you have now. You will love them, and your baby will too!

  2. I know nothing about, but I do read Young House Love (not sure if you do or not) and they used cloth diapers and really liked it. They even had this little spray thing attached to their toilet to spray the diapers out. Here's the post if you're interested:

  3. Thanks for the support everyone!

    And Audrey, I've heard a sprayer is a must! :) And I actually do read young house love! I need to go check out that post, I had no idea they cloth diapered too.

  4. you seriously just made me consider cloth diapering for whenever the time comes! thank you so much for sharing all the info. and, that little tree diaper IS adorable! glad joel is on board. :)
    love the idea of the savings too!

    thank you for your kind words.
    wishing you a happy weekend <3
    lovin' the new header!


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