Thea Briones of Bebeboo Cloth Diapers has heard every question imaginable. Here, in our Let’s Talk: Cloth Diaper Series, she answers your questions.
If you’ve ever been even just a little curious about cloth diapers, this series is for you. In this edition we will answer the basic question of Why Cloth Diapers?
Future editions will include:
-Cloth Diaper Basics & Tips
-The Cleaning Process
-Styles & Types
-Cloth Diaper Myths
Why Cloth Diapers?
There are two popular reasons that often lead parents to choose cloth: 1) disposable diapers caused a rash, and 2) cost. The environmental impact and cute prints are just icing on the cake.
Diaper rash is often caused by the mixture of urine and chemicals found on disposable diapers. When those two mix, comes in contact with baby’s skin for an extended period of time it causes skin irritation. Just because a disposable diaper claims to hold pee for 6 or more hours doesn’t mean it should be in contact with baby’s skin that long. Can you imagine not changing right away your heavily saturated feminine pad or tampon? Not a good feeling, right?
Not all disposables are alike. So baby might be sensitive only to certain brands. You might want to try several. If all else fails, the next thing to do is to change diapers as soon as the baby pees. Now that’s a big problem because:
1) Nobody has the time to closely monitor each pee occurrence.
2) That’s going to be very expensive. That’s money going straight to the landfill.
Cloth diapers can save money if done right.
Finding the right system that will work for you and your family is the key. Not all cloth diapers are created equal. Just like disposables and any other product – what works for some families might not necessarily work for you.
Newborns go through about 12 diapers a day (360 diapers during baby’s 1st month). Babies go through about 10 diapers a day (3,300 diapers during the next 11 months). Toddlers on average goes through about 8 diapers a day (2,880 diapers during 13th-24th month). That’s about 6,540 diapers just for 2 years. Most children potty train around 3 years old, so that’s another 2,880 diapers.
According to an article by A. Crowe of AOL.com the average spending on disposable diapers is $1,600 to $2,500 until potty training.
For the purpose of comparing cost, let’s assume the following scenario:
> Plan to change approximately 8 times per day.
> To use cloth diapers full-time it is best to have a stash good for 3 days (8 diapers x 3 days = 24).
> Bebeboo diapers are $15.50 each x 24 pcs = $372.
> Parents who have access to a washer & dryer typically find no significant increase in water and utility bill due to washing diapers.
> Detergent costs $10 for approximately 40 loads (this is approximation because you’ll need to adjust detergent amount based on how many diapers you are washing). If washing every 3 days, that’s 10 diaper laundry per month. The $10 detergent is approximately good for 4 months. To wash diapers for 3 years that’s approximately $90 spent on laundry detergent.
Based on this scenario the cost to use cloth diapers for 3 years is only $462 compared to $1,600 – $2,500. Savings can add up even more when your cloth diaper stash gets used by your next baby.
Bebeboo Cloth Diapers are passionate about the benefits of cloth diaper use. Please contact us with any other questions!
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