There are many benefits of cloth diapers for you and your baby. My reasons for choosing cloth were both environmental and economical. I wanted to save money (who doesn't?) and I hated the idea of my sweet, little baby causing so much waste!
As I learned more about the benefits of cloth diapers, I wasn't at all surprised to discover that cloth dipes are also healthier for baby.
What I didn't know, was just how easy, convenient, and adorable these little booty covers could be!
Cloth can also make potty training easier, reduce diaper rash, and will save you tons of money (well, unless you get really hooked and can't stop buying them!).
Environmental ConsiderationsHave you ever seen how quickly a trash bag fills up with dirty diapers? Before we were using cloth full time, we could easily fill 2-3 bags per week.
My son didn't potty train until he was 3 1/2, so that means we could have filled at least 350 trash bags while he was in diapers, probably more.
Now, imagine all the dirty diapers from every baby in the world in one big pile. Imagine just one years worth. (If you need some help imagining, that's roughly 1.3 billion trash bags of dirty diapers.) Scary, huh?
Those things take a long time to decompose. And, you can't recycle a paper diaper. But, you can wash and reuse a cloth one.
With my son, we used just 14 cloth diapers. Yes, 14! And, he didn't potty train until he was 3 1/2.
There is no way you could say that about disposable diapers, but it is one of the awesome benefits of cloth diapers.
More Cost EffectiveYes, there are some pricey cloth diaper options out there. But, when you sit down and do the math, cloth diapers are SO MUCH cheaper than using disposable. (Even if you go for the spendy ones!)
Especially if you use them for more than one baby. This is one of the BIGGEST benefits of cloth diapers, being able to reuse them for all your children.
Those 14 dipes we used for my son? My daughter has been using those same diapers for the past year.
She is a bit bigger than my son was, so we won't be able to keep her in those until she potty trains. But, we will still save a ton of money in the long run.
Want to see how much you can save by using cloth diapers?
Can Be Just As Convenient As DisposablesCloth diapers today are not like the dipes used in previous generations.
When I was just getting started, I had no idea just how wonderful and easy diapering could be!
Seriously, I bought a bunch of pins and old fashioned nappies thinking that was my only option. But, there are cloth diapers that go on and off just as quick and easy as a disposable. Really!
Washing is easy and simple also. Yep, not as gross and scary as you might imagine. And, in many cities, there are services that will pick up, wash and bring you back fresh, clean diapers. This is a little more expensive than washing your own, but for some families the extra expense is worth it.
Helps with Potty TrainingOk, I have to be honest and say that this in not the case with all kiddos.
My son, for example, could care less if his britches are wet, even now. Potty training with him took awhile. But, for many kids, one of the benefits of cloth diapers is being able to feel when they are wet. This helps them to understand and learn about controlling their bladder.
This is, after all, the premise behind those feel-and-learn disposable training pants. Advertisers want you to believe using them is the only way to get your child to potty train, but it just isn't so!
Most kids don't like to be wet and having them in cloth diapers teaches them earlier how to control things.
Don't want to use disposables, but like the idea of a "pull-up"? You can find great cloth options for potty training when your little one is ready.
Reduces and Prevents Diaper RashMany, MANY cloth diapering families rave about the benefits of cloth diapers in the prevention of diaper rash.
In fact, this is one of the reasons so many families make the switch from disposables.
We only had a few minor bouts of diaper rash with my son, usually because we left him in a wet dipe for too long (I know, bad mom!).
I did notice, however, that the few times I used disposable diapers on my daughter, she would sometimes get a diaper rash. As soon as I switched her back to cloth, it all cleared up.
I didn't dare to fully test it out, but I am certain that if she were to have been in disposable diapers full time, diaper rash would have been a serious issue for her. Lucky for her, this mama used cloth!
Better for BabyEver stop to really think about what those disposable diapers are made of and why they can hold so much pee?
More and more people are concerned about getting back to the basics, keeping things free of dangerous chemicals and harmful materials. Especially when it comes to our babies.
Yes, there are some diaper making fabrics that are made with synthetic materials, but they are not usually used right up against your baby's skin. For me, using cloth just feels so much better than all the stuff you find in a disposable.
And, there are alot of options out there for those of you who prefer to keep things natural. Wool, hemp, bamboo, organic cotton, etc.
Having a nice soft fabric rubbing up against my baby's booty just seems like a better choice than a hard papery material. Don't you agree?
One of My Favorite Benefits of Cloth Diapers? The Cuteness Factor!Have you ever heard anyone say "oh how cute" about a Pampers? I haven't. But I do hear it all the time about cloth diapers!
There are some really cute things out there in cloth diaper land. Knitted covers made from hand painted, merino wool, super cuddly soft fabrics and adorable prints - just to give you an idea.
I have a sweet little purple cover that someone embroidered a dragonfly on. Cute, cute, cute!
I'm sure there are many other great benefits of cloth diapers that I haven't thought of, but I think you get the idea. :)