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Not sure about cloth diapers? 4 reasons to consider a switch

Here's why so many moms swear by cloth diapers.

reasons to switch to cloth diapers

When your baby begins to outgrow those adorably teeny newborn diapers, you might be thinking about making the switch to cloth diapers. Many modern cloth diapers begin to fit baby's little tushy at around 5 to 6 weeks, and will fit until that glorious day your little one is officially potty trained.

If you are contemplating making the switch to cloth diapers, but aren't sure whether they're the right fit for your family, here are 4 reasons so many moms have ditched disposables that might help in your decision.


1. Cloth diapers could save you cash.

Yes, the upfront cost is high—around $20 for each high-quality diaper. But over the course of three years, cloth diapers could save you more than $2,000 compared to name-brand disposables, and 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 may be better for the environment.

Over 4 million tons of disposable diapers are thrown into U.S. landfills every year, according to a 2017 EPA study. 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.

reasons to switch to cloth diapers

3. Cloth diapers are a lot easier to use than you may think.

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 toss the used cloth diaper into a diaper pail, 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. Two popular 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. Cloth diapers aren't all-or-nothing.

At the end of the day, the diapering system that works best for your life as a new mama is the only way to go—even if that means a combination of cloth and disposables, which many moms also swear by. You can use cloth diapers at home while keeping a small stash of disposables on hand for when you're out and about, for example, or if your child's daycare prefers to use disposables.

Diapering with a newborn can be a lot of work—who knew something so small could make so many diapers? If you are still wavering, we recommend buying a few diapers to test on your tiny tot. There are so many different colors and designs of cloth diapers, you might be amazed—and they're easier, more sustainable and more affordable than you might think.

This is my one trick to get baby to sleep (and it always works!)

There's a reason why every mom tells you to buy a sound machine.

So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.

I was raised on the notion that the rhythm was going to get me, not lull me into a peaceful slumber. Who knew?!

Well evidently science and, probably, Gloria Estefan knew, but I digress.

When my son was born, I just assumed the kid would know how to sleep. When I'm tired that's what I do, so why wouldn't this smaller more easily exhausted version of me not work the same way? Well, the simple and cinematic answer is, he is not in Kansas anymore.

Being in utero is like being in a warm, soothing and squishy spa. It's cozy, it's secure, it comes with its own soundtrack. Then one day the spa is gone. The space is bigger, brighter and the constant stream of music has come to an abrupt end. Your baby just needs a little time to acclimate and a little assist from continuous sound support.

My son, like most babies, was a restless and active sleeper. It didn't take much to jolt him from a sound sleep to crying like a banshee. I once microwaved a piece of pizza, and you would have thought I let 50 Rockettes into his room to perform a kick line.

I was literally walking on eggshells, tiptoeing around the house, watching the television with the closed caption on.

Like adults, babies have an internal clock. Unlike adults, babies haven't harnessed the ability to hit the snooze button on that internal clock. Lucky for babies they have a great Mama to hit the snooze button for them.

Enter the beloved by all—sound machines.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

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A few years ago, while my wife's baby bump got bigger and my daddy reading list grew longer, I felt cautiously optimistic that this parenthood thing would, somehow, suddenly click one day. The baby would come, instincts would kick in, and the transition from established couple to a new family would be tiring but not baffling.

Boy was I wrong.

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