Cloth diapers have come a long way since your grandmother and mother's time.
Today's cloth diapers make diapering your baby as easy as with disposable diapers, yet a better choice for the environment and a healthier choice for your baby. Plus, they save you over $1000/child.
Gone are the safety pins, the folding, and the separate plastic pants. Most modern cloth diapers feature either velcro or snap closures which allow for easy diaper changes.
There are many fabric options including natural fibres such as bamboo, hemp, and cotton, or man-made fibres such as micro-fibre. Most have a waterproof exterior that prevents moisture from leaking out, yet still allows air to reach baby's bottom.
Types of Cloth Diapers
There are many types and brands of cloth diapers on the market today. Two very popular types are:
- all-in-one diapers which have the waterproof exterior and an absorbent interior all sewn together in one piece; and
- pocket diapers which have an opening at the back to allow an absorbent insert to be removed.
One of the biggest sellers is the one-size diaper. This diaper is adjustable and fits babies typically from 8-35lbs.
The huge advantage of a one-size diaper is that you only need to buy one diaper to see your baby through to potty-training. You simply adjust the diaper as the baby grows. So there is no need to buy small, medium and large diapers.
Washing Cloth Diapers
The main difference between using cloth diapers instead of disposables diapers is that you will need to wash the diapers. But with modern cloth diapers, the laundry routine is as simple as dumping solid waste into the toilet, putting the dirty diaper into a waterproof bag, and then every second day tossing the bag of diapers into the washing machine. Once the diapers are dried you are good to go.
Just How Much Will You Save?
The cost benefits of cloth diapers compared to disposable diapers are obvious. But just how much will you save? Check out this Diaper Savings Calculator.
With the ease of modern cloth diapers and the numerous benefits, cloth diapering is making a big comeback.
Do you use cloth diapers? Why did you choose cloth over disposable and which brand(s) did you use? We’d love to know your experience and tips. Please share in the comments below.
Thanks to Janis Sherman and Andrea Harmatiuk of Little Tree Hugger for contributing this post. They have a ton more information on thier site. If you're considering using cloth I'd recommend checking it out. ~Jen