So your little bundle of joy is beginning to outgrow those adorably teeny newborn diapers?
Now might be the time to consider making the switch to cloth!
Many modern cloth diapers begin to fit baby's little tushy around 5 to 6 weeks old and will fit until that glorious day your little one is officially potty trained.
If you are contemplating making the switch to cloth, here are four reasons to ditch disposables now!
1. Cloth diapers could save you oodles of cash.
Yes, the upfront cost is a little high—around $20 for each high-quality diaper. But over the course of three years, cloth diapers could save you over $2000 compared to name-brand disposables. Even more if you opt for reusable wipes. We love the soft feel and absorbency of GroVia Cloth Wipes—even if you are using disposables! If you use your cloth diapers with a second child, the savings will be even more.
2. Cloth diapers don't just save on cash. They can save the environment, too!
Over 18 billion disposable diapers are thrown into U.S. landfills every year. Plus, the chemicals used in disposables to make them absorbent are serious business. Some may even be linked to asthmatic respiratory symptoms. It's true, cloth diapers do use more water, electricity, and cleaning detergent than disposables, but with the use of an energy-efficient washer and diaper-safe detergents (free of enzymes, brighteners, dyes, fragrances, softeners, and bleach), there's more opportunity to be environmentally-friendly with cloth diapers. If you are looking for an effective (and inexpensive) diaper-safe detergent, we like Country Save.
3. Gone are the days of sharp diaper pins and soaking dirty diapers.
These days, cloth diapers are (almost) as easy as pie. Modern diapers use snaps or Velcro to fasten, making them fast and safe. We highly recommend diapers with snaps, as Velcro can lose its stickiness over time. When you are ready to change baby's diaper, shake excess solids from a dirty diaper into the toilet and voila, into the diaper pail it goes, ready to be thrown in the wash whenever you have a spare minute. The great thing about modern cloth diapers is that there is an easy option for every family. Our two favorite options?
All-in-one diapers. Consisting entirely
of one piece, these diapers go on and off with the same effort required of
disposables. It doesn't get much easier than these babies. We love BumGenius Freetime
all-in-one, one-size-fits-all diapers.
All-in-two diapers. These diapers
consist of, you guessed it: two pieces. Usually one piece snaps into place on
the inside. When the diaper is dirty, the inner soaker can be removed and the
outer liner can be used again if it is still clean. Plus, some all-in-two
diapers can be used as “hybrid" diapers, allowing a disposable insert to be
used when needed. For a great hybrid all-in-two, we love GroVia diapers!
4. Our (secretly) favorite reason for switching to
cloth? They are just so darn cute!
We can't get over this season's colors and designs.
Are we jealous our tushies didn't look this cute when we were tiny? Heck yes.
Modern cloth diapers are the pinnacle of style-meets-substance. Unbeatable in
functionality and form.
With diapers this cute, who needs clothes?
If you are still wavering, we recommend buying a few diapers
to test on your tiny tot.
At the end of the day, the diapering system that
makes your life as a new mama more contented is the only way to go—even if that
means (gasp) a combination of cloth and disposables. We know how much work
diapering can be with a newborn, and we wish you luck on your journey to diaper