There are a lot of things to love about cloth diapers- they’re cheaper in the long run, they’re better for the environment, they’re ridiculously adorable, AND they can be just as convenient as disposable diapers with a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years.
Here are 5 things to love about cloth diapers:
The first thing to love about cloth diapers is that they’re cheaper in the long run. Disposable diapers can cost upwards of $80 per month, while cloth diapers will only set you back about $30 per month.
Buying and using disposable diapers often feels like throwing money in the trash. When you buy reusable diapers, you’re simply washing them and reusing them month after month until your child is potty trained.
Another great thing about cloth diapers is that they’re better for the environment. It takes 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose, while a cloth diaper can be reused hundreds of times before it needs to be recycled.
If you have pre-fold cloth in your stash, they make great dust and cleaning rags when you’re finished using them for your baby.
They can also double as a spit-up rag because they’re absorbent, soft, and durable.
I also love how convenient cloth diapers can be with a few tips and tricks. I know what you’re thinking… how on earth is cloth convenient?
Gone are the days of using diaper pins and plastic pants. The new styles of cloth diapers make changing your baby just as easy as using disposable diapers.
Also, if you invest in a good diaper pail and some reusable wipes it will make changing your baby’s diaper just as easy as using disposables.
One note if you’re going to use cloth diapers when you’re out, you’ll want to be sure to bring along a wet bag for placing soiled diapers in. It will lock in the wetness (and the smell!) until you get home and can launder your baby’s diapers.
One of my strongest reasons for using cloth is that they’re softer on my baby’s skin. I’ve found that my daughter has less diaper rash when we use cloth diapers. And let’s face it, no one likes a cranky baby with a painful rash.
Disposable diapers don’t often alert you to the fact that your baby is wet and then they can unknowingly sit too long in a wet or messy diaper leading to diaper rash.
The last reason I love using cloth diapers is that they’re just plain cute. There are so many fun prints and colors to choose from these days that you’ll end up with a collection in no time. You’ll find that you have favorite types for bedtime and naptime, some that have great closures, plus you can even find diapers that match your baby’s outfit!
Do you use cloth diapers? What do you love about them? Share your thoughts in the comments below!