I’m not going to lie. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IM DOING.
But, that’s okay because there are so many other moms out there who have been using cloth diapers for so much longer than I have, and have been extremely excited to help me. I have always love the idea of using cloth diapers, and then I started doing some research on them. Did anyone know it takes 100 years for a disposable diaper to disintegrate?! I was beyond believe when I read that, and I am not even a crazy environmentalist! Once I read that I was set! I knew we were on our second to last diaper box that we were gifted, so instead of having to buy more disposables for another year at least, I decided to invest in cloths. You guys, there are so many different kinds! My head exploded on day 1. I had to spent weeks just READING about cloth diapers before I even knew what I THOUGHT I wanted to buy. Trying to just jump into cloth diapers is hard and such a headache. I only own about 10 and I am still not sure I even bought a kind I like? I’m sure I’ll be writing many more blogs about this once I get the hang of it but for now, I am here to talk about why!
For starters, as I mentioned before, disposables are so much worse for the environment! Another reason is cloth diapers are so cute, I could take Xavier in public with just a cute cloth on and not even feel weird. I literally want to show off his diapers. Weird? Weird. Also they’re so much better for baby! Disposables have so many bleaches and chemicals it’s sad that’s what it constantly on most babies sensitive skin. There have been a couple times when Xavier’s diaper gets too full before I get to changing it and the diaper was literally falling apart. Those little beads that soak everything up were all over the place. I was cleaning these beads off of him for what felt like forever. And of course saving money! The studies say the average baby goes through $750-$1000 in diapers in the first year, no thank you. Now, I won’t lie, some diaper brands in my opinion are super over priced. I found one brand that was selling diapers for as much as $32. You’re kidding right? I’ve even found brands shouting “affordable” at the roof tops while selling their diapers for a minimum of $20 per diaper, without an insert. For a good stash you need 20-30 and more for a newborn. That’s $400-$600 for the diapers and add another $20-$150 depending on that inserts you buy! This is still quite a bit cheaper than disposables, but this number still seemed insane, and more than I was willing to shovel out.
I was determined to find a brand that advertised affordable and actually was adorable! And no, $20+ for a diaper is not affordable in my opinion. So I found some brands that had diapers for as little at $5!!! That’s more like it. Websites like The Fluffy Penguin Company, Nickisdiapers, Button diapers, and Mama Koala are diapers that are all for an amazing and reasonable price. I’m sure there are more out there but these are just the ones I’ve found so far. I’m so excited the be using cloth diapers almost full time now and to share my journey with you guys! Getting started has been a little rough but we’re here and using them for Xavier and hopefully all the next little ones to come! It’s amazing the things I’ve learned about disposables since reading about cloths and I can honestly say I’ll never go back to full time disposables!
I’m always open to suggestions for diaper brands, tips, and certainly help along the way, so be sure to let me know what your favorite type, brand, or routines are!