It might seem a little intimidating to choose to use reusable cloth diapers but there are many benefits! It isn’t as scary as it might seem. One misconception about cloth diapers is that they are less convenient than disposable. This is not exactly the case. Let’s talk about some of the benefits you can experience when you decide to try them out.
One of the most celebrated benefits that you will see is that the cost you spend on diapers over the years that your children are in diapers can be drastically lower than if you use disposable ones. Exact numbers and percentages depend on where you live, brand preferences, and other circumstantial specifics, but it has been estimated that cloth diapers can end up costing you only one third of what using disposable diapers would cost you. The largest expense you will see with reusable diapers is the upfront cost of purchasing.
Many people think that using cloth diapers would be less convenient than disposable ones, but this isn’t always the case. How often do moms’ or dads’ have to pack up the kids and head to the store because they are running out of diapers? Or have to go to the store really late or early in the morning to grab enough to get through til the next pay check? Reusable diapers add a bit of extra laundry every week but the family doesn’t need to worry about running out of diapers. You just have to throw them in the wash. Modern cloth diapers are also convenient in that they are designed well enough that they are reliable and easy to change.
Chemicals and the Environment
Single use diapers are manufactured using some chemical processes and are made using plastics. For parents it can be scary to think about their newborn baby being exposed to chemicals. Parents that are concerned about the chemicals that are in disposable diapers should consider the cloth diaper is a great alternative.
Still another benefit of choosing to use cloth diapers is that you will help cut down on waste. Your household will be producing vastly less waste if your trash cans aren’t filled with diapers. (Just think about how many diapers you change in one day for an infant.) This waste is polluting the planet. Disposable diapers are one of the most common items found in landfills and they do not decompose quickly. Every effort should be made to reduce negative impacts on the planet, including the amount of waste every household produces.