If you have babies and you’re looking to help cut back on waste and save money on diapers, then this is a great post for you. The argument between using cloth or disposable diapers is pretty much a no brainer in my opinion, and here’s why:
Disposable diapers have been known to cause rashes, headaches, and damage to the central nervous system, among other things. Granted, cloth diapers can cause diaper rashes as well, but when changed as soon as soiling has taken place, then the chances of rashes dramatically decrease. Even if you use disposables it is recommended that you change your baby as soon as he or she has soiled it. Plus, there are no other known health issues associated with cloth diapers.
With my daughter I got quite tired of spending our money on diapers that constantly caused her horrible diaper rashes. When I began to research disposables I was horrified with all the health issues associated with them. This is when I really began to consider cloth diapers, but I wasn’t convinced until I knew more about what it would cost me.
Which brings me to my next point:
With this economy failing everyone is looking to cut costs and save wherever possible. This is one place you will definitely want to cut the costs because disposables are considerably more expensive than cloth diapers.
It is estimated that, on average, disposables cost $1551.60 for 30 months per child. Cloth diapers, however, only cost about $610.20 for 30 months per child. The beauty of cloth diapers is that, when properly taken care of, they can be used on subsequent children, which saves you even more money. When I found out about the huge difference in cost between cloth diapers and disposables I was sold on switching! My daughter was around 9 months at the time.
Here’s exactly what I bought just to give you an idea of how much I spent:
- 1 Cloth Diaper Sprayer – white: $38.95
- 6 packs of FuzziBunz 3 Pack Microfiber Inserts, Small: $53.70
- And some Charlie’s Soap Laundry Liquid – 1 Gal Jug – (128 Loads): $19
This price leaves plenty of room for how much it’ll cost to clean the diapers as well (which is quite small).
Of course, later I found out how I could make my own environmentally friendly and safe laundry detergent that helped me save even more money. But this gives you an idea of about how much I spent for my daughter’s cloth diapers.
When my son was born, I saved even more money because I simply used the same diapers on him that I used on her since the colors I selected were okay to use for both genders.
It’s estimated that over 6,840 disposables are used per child and crowding our landfills. To make maters worse, most people who use disposables do not flush the fecal mater down the toilet, creating even more greenhouse gases than anything else thrown into the dump every day.
If you want to help save our planet and cut back on waste, THEN STOP USING DISPOSABLE DIAPERS! It’s as easy as that.
What kind of diapers do you use? If you use cloth diapers then has it been worth it? If you use disposables do you think you’ll consider switching now? Comment bellow!
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