When I first heard that parents were turning to cloth diapering again, it was a topic that was so foreign to me that I had a lot of trouble understanding. Why would they want all that extra work? I know firsthand the sleepless nights that come with the territory of having a newborn infant. I could not imagine adding in more laundry and dealing with soiled diapers. I have diapered two children in the last 5 years and disposables always worked fine for us. Now that I am pregnant with our third, I decided to look into the world of cloth diapering to find out exactly why it is considered the way to go for many mommies today.
After researching I came to discover some things about cloth diapering that I did not expect. Firstly, while many moms cited the environment as a primary cause for using cloth, even more were discussing the significant cost savings associated with switching from disposables to cloth. To think of all the disposable diapers piled up in landfills throughout our country, I started to realize that these moms were taking a small step to save our environment! While doing there share in earth friendly diapering, they were also saving tons of money in the process. Although I was intrigued by the savings, I was also worried about how inconvenient cloth diapering may be. I was soon surprised to find out that switching from disposables may not be as difficult as I once had believed it would be.
The first misconception that many have about cloth diapering is the messiness factor. I know I personally never enjoyed diaper changes and believed it would be even more unbearable if I also had to wash those diapers! I was proven wrong by observing how other mothers maintained their cloth diaper supply and survived it without many complaints. There are so many products on the market now that assist parents with the cleaning and maintaining of cloth that make it is something that is doable for anyone. Cloth diapering is made easy with special detergents, diaper wet bags and fancy diaper sprayers that connect to your home toilet. All the accessories alone intrigued me to do more research on the topic. The thing I am most excited about while switching to cloth is the money factor. With so many diapers to choose from at varying prices, it is easy to build a stash for any budget. There are many swaps and second hand stores that also sell cloth diapers for discounted prices. I also found lending services and diaper services at different price levels. Disposables can cost upwards of two thousand dollars until the child is potty trained. I came to find that you can build a diaper stash that will last this same amount of time for as little as a couple hundred dollars.
One thing that I found particularly interesting was the high resale value of cloth diapers. With disposables you are literally throwing away your money. While I am definitely excited about doing my part in being environmentally conscious, I am even more excited at the money we will save by doing so!