Why Choose Cloth Diapers: Determining if You’re a Cloth Diapering Type of Mom (or Dad)

You may be asking yourself if you’re really cut out to be a cloth diapering mama (or daddy), after all, it is different than ordinary diapering. Here are seven (7) questions every mom (or dad) considering cloth should ask herself:

  1. Do I have time to wash and care for cloth diapers? If you’re going to cloth diaper, you’ll want to make sure you have an extra 1-2 hours per week to do laundry.
  2. Do I have an in-home washing machine? You’ll want a nearby washer and dryer (or clothes line) if you’re going to be successful at this. You’ll hate schlepping diapers to a nearby Laundromat day in and day out.
  3. Do I have a supportive husband, mother or other child care giver? You’ll want to make sure anyone caring for baby is on board with this decision and committed to it too.
  4. Am I willing to make a large upfront investment? You’ll want to budget about $400-$500 on upfront diapers and supplies, such as a reusable diaper pail, detergent and a diaper sprayer. Can you make the larger investment upfront knowing it will pay off over time?  To help with the upfront investment you can create a cloth diaper gift registry with you Wish List items.
  5. Do I have space? Actually, smaller spaces are prime for cloth diapers. You have your 15-20 diapers on hand and that’s all – no need to store big boxes of disposable diapers.
  6. Do I have patience? Cloth diapering takes a few tries to get used to and will take you several weeks to get into a good changing, wiping and washing routine. Make sure you have patience to learn this new skill and aren’t the type to give up easily.
  7. Is eco-friendly living for me? Cloth diapering can support an eco-friendly lifestyle. If you want to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint, perhaps cloth diapering is an incentive for you?

What other questions should someone considering cloth diapering ask before committing and investing in cloth diapers for the long haul? Sound off by leaving a comment below.

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2 Responses to Why Choose Cloth Diapers: Determining if You’re a Cloth Diapering Type of Mom (or Dad)

  1. Mary says:

    I would say that #3 is not an all-or-nothing deal. My DD goes to daycare and they (currently) don’t allow cloth diapers. We still use cloth at home and did for my maternity leave. I know it will pay off over time, and if we decide to have more children. And hopefully I can convince daycare to use them.

  2. Jen says:

    Number 4 isn’t true, necessarily either. Sure, if you want pockets and prints, but with prefolds, flats and a couple covers, you can get started pretty cheaply, and then add to your stash little by little. Or even buy used pocket diapers…