New mom's sometimes go back and forth when deciding to use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Many hear the word "cloth diapers" and instantly think that that it can cause rashes or are grossed out by having to carry the dirty diapers around. With the modern cloth diaper available nowadays, there is no significant difference between cloth and disposables when it comes to diaper rash.
Cloth diapers are simple and easy to use, plus there are tons of different patterns for you to choose from. Who doesn't love their baby having some style? They are simple to change, with just a hook or snap release. Believe it or not, cloth diapers can contain messes better than disposables diapers. This is because they are more adjustable and have a stronger hold.
Your laundry won't increase as much as you may think. Cloth diapers only add about two more loads each week. That's not bad considering how much money you are saving by using them. Those late-night Target runs will be a thing of the past when you realize you're out of disposable diapers. The cost for a cloth diaper might seem high and the investment is, but in reality think about how much money you are saving. The average baby goes through 6,000 diapers in the first two years of life.
Over two years you can spend upwards of $1,400 to $2,500 on disposable diapers. However, when using cloth diapers it can cost as a little as $300. At first it might seem expensive, but once you have a good stash of cloth diapers you will cycle through them better. (source)
Cloth diapers are adjustable so you never have to change sizes. Some brands have specific sizes but most have adjustable snaps. Your baby can wear the same diaper from two months old until he's potty trained. That's amazing!
Help the Environment
Cloth diapers are a much better choice for the environment. Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill. Can you believe 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S. No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone. (source)
"The nice thing about cloth diapers is that they have such a high resale value that you can sell them for almost as much as you paid for them and use that money to fund the new ones," says Michelle Bauer, mom of three. "Cloth diapers are a cheap, easy-to-clean and very cost-effective system." One thing that leads to buying and reselling is the elastic. Bauer goes on to say, "If you don't plan on having another child for several years, the elastic may start to break down. I would not recommend storing them for more than a year without using them."
Cloth Diapering Terms
An all-in-one cloth diaper that has a waterproof cover and an absorbent inner liner and built in closures. It is all one piece. These diapers commonly fasten with hook and loop or snap fasteners. They may also be made of wool as the outer layer. All In Ones are frequently used by parents who need a convenient diaper for a day care, for quick and easy changes on the go, and by parents who just want the convenience of a one-piece diaper along with the ecological advantages of cloth.
Chinese Prefold Diaper (also abbreviated CPF, UBCPF, and IPF)
A flat diaper (thicker in the middle than it is on the sides) that comes in multiple absorbencies and sizes. This diaper is the foundation of an economical cloth diapering system. Chinese Prefold Diapers come in two colors, white and unbleached. The unbleached diapers have not gone through a whitening process. They come with many of the original cotton oils still in the fabric and may require extensive washing to make them absorbent. Once these diapers have become absorbent, they are known for being softer than the white diapers. Quality differences affect the usability of this style.
Fitted Diaper (fitteds)
A fitted diaper has elastic at the legs and at the waist. It also has some type of closure to hold the diaper on the baby. This closure can be hook and look or snaps. A fitted diaper requires a cover. The absorbency of fitted cloth diapers varies based on the materials used in the construction of the diaper. Cotton fitteds are an inexpensive and popular choice.
One size diaper (OS)
A one size diaper usually fits a child from birth up until about 30 or 35 pounds. This sizing is achieved by strategic placement of snaps on the front of the diaper. This allows for the front of the diaper to be folded over and for the closures to be snapped on top of each other. As the baby grows, several snap settings allow for waist and leg growth. A popular one size diaper is bumGenius.
A pocket diaper is usually made of two layers of fabric sewn together to form a pocket for an absorbent insert. The entire diaper fastens onto your child and does not require the additional use of a cloth diaper cover. Pocket Diaper Inserts can be made of microfiber terry, cotton terry, hemp Chinese Prefold Diapers or even a regular kitchen towel folded to size. Popular brands of pocket diapers: bumGenius, Happy Heinys, SwaddleBees, Fuzzi Bunz and Ellas Pockets.