Convince Me to Cloth

Posted by Traci Robinson on 10/30/2011

Convince me to Cloth!

When I found out I was pregnant, I spent my entire pregnancy deciding what I would use and not use for baby and what we would spend on what, and made a complete first year budget including the cost of diapers. Meanwhile, I collected as many diapers I could while I was pregnant, because that was one of the biggest costs in our “baby budget”. So I managed to collect, receive as gifts, and get enough diaper freebies to last the first 3 months of his life. As soon as those 3 months came to an end, I dreaded buying diapers. I clipped coupons everyday just to get a good deal on a package of 30 ct Huggies diapers. Well for three months I spent about $400 on diapers . Talk about a waste!!! I had enough, but didn’t know any other options.

While sitting at work one day ( I’m an RN working in Labor & Delivery- so all we talk about is babies!!) me and my co worker were talking, and she starts up a conversation about cloth diapers. I, in my head, said “ewww, who does that nowadays???” She made me get online to explain how they worked, because I assumed it was the typical piece of cloth with safety pins! LOL. I got on a website, and the first diaper I saw was a Rumparooz Whale Tale in snaps (one of my all time favorite prints!). I couldn’t believe diapers could be sooooo cute! I wanted more information at that very moment!!! I drilled her with questions, my #1 being what do you do with the poop? How do you clean them? How much are they? I browsed the net, and saw that my favorite RAR cost $25!!!!! Holy moly I thought! But I then sat down to do a price comparison. Diapering my baby until he was potty trained which is about 2-3 years would cost roughly $4000-$5000 using brand name diapers, which I did because only Huggies worked for us! That price included all the extras, like Diaper Genie refills, rash cream, ect. But then, I figured that all I needed for a good diaper stash was about 15-20 diapers if I planned to wash every 2 days. With different price ranges, I could spend anywhere from $100-$400 for the initial cloth diaper investment. That’s what I spent in a month on disposable diapers! Whoooooaaaaa!!! Sign me up for cloth now!

The first diapers I bought were the Econobums prefolds and flats. My co worker told me if I could survive with those, the pockets and cute prints would be a luxury! So after talking with her for 5 minutes I was convinced. I got online at work (shhhh don’t tell) and placed my order! It was final! I got my econobums in the mail, used it one night and the next day I placed an order for about 15 pocket diapers costing roughly $300. Ever since then I have proclaimed myself a fluffaholic. I do choose the pricier diapers only because I can’t resist the prints, but believe me one of my favorite diapers is the Kawaii, and they have amazing prints and are super cheap considering how great the quality is! So do yourself a favor if your contemplating rather to cloth diaper or not. Spend the money and force yourself to give it a try! You will not be disappointed. Think about how 1 diaper will last you until potty training, in stead of one use and ending up in a landfill! Have I convinced you yet?

Bio: I'm a full time working mom of a 10 month old adorable son, and have been cloth diapering since he was 6 months old. I enjoy every minute of it, and love writing about my experiences with cloth diapering!!!

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Date: 11/12/2011 10:17:01 PM
Diana M. from San Antonio, TX
Great article! My story is very similar. I also lived off of the diapers we got from my baby shower for the first 3 months or so, then it came time for me to shell out money for name brand diapers. Well, as soon as I started noticing tiny particles of gel in my son's genital area I KNEW I had to find him something else. I'd contemplated cloth diapers when I was pregnant but decided to wait and see how life changed with a baby. Now my son is 6 months old and is in cloth diapers. I started him off
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Date: 11/12/2011 10:17:10 PM
Diana M. from San Antonio, TX
Great article! My story is very similar. I also lived off of the diapers we got from my baby shower for the first 3 months or so, then it came time for me to shell out money for name brand diapers. Well, as soon as I started noticing tiny particles of gel in my son's genital area I KNEW I had to find him something else. I'd contemplated cloth diapers when I was pregnant but decided to wait and see how life changed with a baby. Now my son is 6 months old and is in cloth diapers. I started him off
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Date: 12/18/2011 8:03:51 AM
TAMMY ALLGOOD-HEMMERLING
I used disposable diapers with my son who is now 4, but I'm pregnant with my 2nd child and I'm considering cloth diapers. I'm pretty sure cloth diapers is the way to go this time around! Thanks for sharing your story!
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