Laugh. Go ahead. But I am not the 25 years old money to burn brat that declared I would never use hippie cloth diapers on my baby. I am a 33 year poor lady trying to be environmentally friendly. Besides, I am not committing. I am just hashing out the idea.
There are many potential health benefits to cloth diapers. I am not going to go into that. They are good and all, but they are not my main focus.
There are obvious environmental benefits, which I also don’t need to draw out for you. I am pretty sure you can figure that out.
Let’s discuss the financial stand point and the user friendless.
According to a few different websites that I am peaking at the average cost of disposable diapering a two year old is about $2,000. One of the huge benefits of disposable is that they are so easy to use.
Now for cloth.
There are a few different ways to do this.
1. We can subscribe to a diaper service. It is $80 a month. They come to our house (maybe, I haven’t checked if our rural location will be an issue) and take the dirty and leave clean. You still need to buy diaper covers for this. I found some adjustable ones that are super cute for $75 for six. The websites say you need 6-10 of these covers. Obviously we would start small and build up. The pro’s are that this would be easy and pretty pain free. The con’s are that that $80 a month would hurt. A lot. And there is so overall savings.
Total cost over 2 years = $1,995
2.We can use all in one cloth diapers. These are highly recommended by YHL (a blog I have stalked before I knew what blogs were). It is one diaper (no inserts) and you wash the entire thing. They come in super cute colors and they are adjustable. The one size can go from 8lbs to 30lbs. You need at least 12 diapers and 18-24 works best. You also need a spray attachment for your toilet to spray out the big stuff when they get bigger and you need some double inserts to get through the night when they are bigger. The con’s are convenience. We would still have to use disposable at Grammy’s and when traveling. Of course washing them would be a pain, but that isn’t a huge factor for me. I know that my girls that help me watch the kids would be willing to play along with this crazy idea.
Start up cost = $325-460
3. Diaper covers and inserts. Basically the same thing as the diaper service but without someone else doing the washing. The covers would run around $75 and the inserts? I feel like I see those at Wal-Mart and other places. I used them as burp cloths with my big kids. You can use disposable ones in a pack of 18 for $5. Or industrial ones for $2 each. How many of these would I even need? 30? You can also go back and worth between disposable/biodegradable (which you can actually flush or compost if just wet) and the washable ones.
Start up cost = $330 for three sizes of inserts
What are your thoughts? Have I fallen off the deep end?
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