- They’re good for the environment to save the landfills from disposable diapers that don’t break down
- They save money otherwise spent on disposables
- They save hassle from having to stop for disposables all the time (since you always have them on hand)
- Disposable diapers contain chemicals that can be irritating to our babies’ little bums.
- Cloth diapers are cute
- You can use them as swim diapers (if you have stuffables, you can remove the liners and use just the shell).
- When approaching potty training, they don’t wick away moisture like disposables do, so your child can feel when they’re wet
How they work:
- 1 Bum Genius diaper = $20; 25 BG diapers = $500 (on their website, you can get a 24-pack for ~$450)
- Alva Baby diapers (6-pack)= $35-$55 depending on patterns; 24 AB diapers = $140-$220
- Mama Koala diapers (6-pack) = $35-$40; 24 MK diapers = $140-$160
- Average 7 diapers/day (anywhere from 4-10 depending on the age) means washing about every 3 days
- The average child uses 7,000 Diapers in their lifetime (of course there are many factors here, this is an average).
- That’s about $1,200 of LUVS ($1243), which is one of the most affordable brands.
- Newborn- 31 for $23 need 420 ($311)
- Size 1- 252 for $30 need 637 ($63)
- Size 2-384 For $50 need 595 ($78)
- Size 3- 168 for $25 need 805 ($123 to cut off the first year) + 1800 after that ($387)
- Size 4- 172 for $30 – 1500 ($262)
- Size 5- 148 for $30 need 700min ($142)
Do they hold up?
Tips for Washing
- An exclusively breastfed baby’s poops do not need to be rinsed prior to throwing in the washer. They are water soluble. Once formula or food is introduced, rinse or scrape off into toilet first.
- Spray stained diapers with Oxyclean or another spot cleaner before washing
- Add powdered Oxyclean to machine along with detergent for better stain-fighting
- Every month or so, “strip” the diapers, which means removing any potential buildup of detergents, diaper creams or other junk. Here is a website that takes you through several in-depth methods, but honestly if you just run your diaper laundry load a second time using just hot water, it’ll do a pretty good job without having to soak them for hours in the bathtub. If they start to smell, though, use one of the methods from the site I linked.
- Don’t use excessive diaper cream, it’s not good for the diapers to be covered in it. If they get like that, you’ll have to strip them with Dawn in the bathtub (see link above).
- Buy dryer balls and put a few drops of essential oil of choice (I like purification or some kind of citrus) and put them in with the diapers in the dryer. Don’t use dryer sheets, they contribute to buildup on the diapers.
- When it’s nice out, lay the diapers outside to dry. It helps them smell fresh and direct sunlight can bleach stains out! I have heard that the diapers hold up best when not placed in the dryer at all, but that was not gonna work for us! It’s been fine and hasn’t destroyed any of them.
- Grab yourself a box of plastic disposable gloves (if you can find them in a pandemic!) and the ick-factor of doing diaper laundry will improve greatly.
- If your baby’s poop is more peanut-buttery consistency than solid, you might want some bamboo liners so you don’t have to scrape poop, especially when they’re a little older. You just place them right in the diap and flush them with the poop (check that your plumbing can handle this. They’re biodegradable, but I’d make sure.)
What accessories do I need?
You will need some wet bags and a receptacle to hold them in once they’re dirty, as well as additional liners if you choose. We bought a plastic trash can with a foot pedal to hold the dirty ones in before washing. It’s 40 liters and the perfect size for all of our 27 diapers. There are more items that make cloth diaper life easier, but don’t feel like you need them all to get started! Below you will find links to all the products we love!