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- To save money. By saving the cost of disposable diapers and simply washing and reusing cloth diapers, you can save a ton of money. Depending on brand, you can save an average of $1,500 to $2,500 by cloth diapering your child instead of using disposables. You can save even more if you cloth diaper more than one child and even more if you use cloth training pants, cloth wipes, etc as well. It adds up FAST.
- To protect sensitive bottoms. Children who are cloth diapered have less chance of developing diaper rash and yeast infections.
- Decrease Male infertility. Researchers have found that due to the fact that disposable diapers do not “breathe” and allow air flow through the diaper, the male scrotum over heats and destroys the body’s natural cooling mechanism thereby making the child sterile.
- Decrease Risk of Cancers. Disposable diapers contain Dioxin which is a carcinogenic chemical. This chemical is banned in most countries, but not the US.
- To save our Planet. Researchers are estimating that a disposable diaper takes 500 years to decompose. This means that every diaper your child, you, your parent, your grandparent, etc ever used still exists in a landfill somewhere. It is estimated that 4% of all landfill waste is disposable diapers, this is the 3rd largest single item in landfills.
- Poop. Most parents state that they do not want to cloth diaper because they do not want to have to deal with flushing the poop. Did you know that fecal matter is NOT to go into the trash and even if your child is wearing a disposable, you are supposed to flush the poop? Most disposable diapers state this on the side of the package, some manufacturers have taken this warning off. However, warning or no warning, fecal matter is to be disposed of in a sewer or septic system.
- And Lastly. It’s cute! Who can resist those adorable colors and prints on those big old fluffy bottoms!! Not only is it cute, it can be enjoyable too!
- Diapers! As I said above, buy 2-5 different diapers. This gives you the opportunity to try different diapers to see what works and what doesn’t. This also gives you the opportunity to see if you even LIKE cloth diapering and get into a routine. It is very hard to just completely switch to cloth diapering, so this gives you time to adjust and see if it is something that you want to continue. And at 2-5 diapers, if you don’t like cloth diapering, you don’t have a ton of money wrapped up in it! (if you don’t like it, there are plenty of places online to sell used diapers and you can easily get a good chunk of your money back)
- A wet bag. Since you are only buying 2-5 diapers, you don’t need a huge wet bag. Start with a small day size bag that holds 4-5 diapers. Again, this way you don’t have something huge and expensive to buy up front, it will work well, and if you stop cloth diapering you won’t have a ton of money tied up in it. If you continue to cloth diaper, as you buy more diapers, you can upgrade to a pail and pail liners if that is what you choose. I can give you recommendations on a good wet bag if you need. You will also find that the wet bag comes in handy for a ton of other uses such as to put wet swimsuits in after a day at the pool, to put bath items in for trips, etc. A wet bag is always a handy item.
- Detergent. As discussed above, this is vital to your cloth diapering success. Also, since you will probably be ordering your diapers online, you can order detergent at the same time.
- If you are using prefolds and plan to wrap them on baby, you may need a snappi or pins.
- Cloth Diaper safe diaper cream. Most of the diaper creams that you get a local grocery stores and super centers have zinc oxide in them which is not safe for cloth diapers/
- Cloth Wipes. These can be bought or made from baby wash cloths or cut up receiving blankets.
- Cloth Wipe Solution. You can simply wet your wipes with water or use a wipes solution containing oils that are beneficial and healing to baby skin.
- Container or Spray Bottle for wipes or Solution.
- Liners. Many parents would rather use a bio-liner or fleece liner in their diapers to shield the diaper from stains and ointments or to aid in the removal of poop from the diaper.
- Some extra inserts for night time use. Most diapers do not come with enough inserts/ absorbency for night time use. You may want to purchase some additional inserts to use at night.
AI2 - All in Two diaper
CD - cloth diaper
PUL - polyurethane laminate; the material used as the waterproof outer on many diapers
WAHM - work-at-home mom (there are many WAHM’s that make diapers and sell online)