Making the decision to cloth diaper can seem like a very daunting task. The cloth diapers our mothers used on us were just rectangles of fabric with big safety pins and bulky waterproof covers. Not very cute, but they worked well enough. Nowadays we have all kinds of options – maybe even too many. Of course those rectangles are still available – they’re called prefolds by the way – but the covers for them are much cuter, and there are easier ways to keep them on, so no more giant safety pins. If you’re considering cloth diapering, but aren’t quite sure where to start, here are a few tips.
Talk to cloth diapering friends. Chances are someone you know uses them, and they can give you some ideas on where to start. If not, check out the #clothdiapers hash tag on twitter or instagram and you’ll find a wealth of cloth lovers and even some information as well. Feel free to reach out and ask questions. We cloth diaperers love to bring in new people and get them just as addicted to those adorable fluffy diapers as we are.
Do a little research. There are an overwhelming amount of different types of diapers and different manufacturers. They range from very affordable to outrageously expensive. Many companies offer starter kits, and even trial offers where you can try out the diapers for a few weeks at a very minimal cost. This is also a great way to try a variety of diaper styles before choosing the one you like the best.
Create a budget. Look at how much you would like to spend on diapers. Keep in mind that the average cost for a child in disposable diapers is $2,500. A good amount of cloth diapers to have on hand is 24, and you can get that many for around $300 – more or less depending on the brand. Look around online for Buy Two Get One Free deals as well, to help save even more.
Look for natural parenting stores around you. You may have a retail location near you that would be a great support system. You could go in person and feel different diapers, talk to employees and get testimonials, and some places even offer classes if you need them. They can answer any questions you may have, and troubleshoot with you if you have issues with your diapers. If you don’t have a store near you, you can get a lot of the same help online in cloth diapering message boards as well.
These days cloth diapers are becoming trendy and even fashionable. They are just as easy to put on and take off as their disposable counterparts. Cloth has gotten so much easier to find – Target is even selling them now. There’s no question that they save a lot of money over time, and using them keeps an incredible amount of waste out of landfills. So what are you waiting for? Get some fluff on your baby’s bottom!
Do you cloth diaper? What do you like about it?