Modern cloth diapers offer a variety of styles, fabrics, and features that make them more fun and less daunting than ever before.
While the initial cost of purchasing a supply of cloth diapers can seem daunting, the savings add up quickly!The average diaper-wearing child goes through at least 8-10 diapers a day for 24-36 months. That's over 3000 diapers a year, ranging in cost from $.30 to $.80 each! The savings that come from using cloth diapers are significant; roughly $2000 per child. A stash of 36-48 cloth diapers will suffice for most children through potty training, and can sometimes even be reused for subsequent children.
They are reusable and can be used at least 150-200 times!Trash is a growing problem, and diapers piled in landfills not only occupy significant space but breed dangerous germs and can harm our groundwater. The greater Phoenix area is now reduced to one landfill with the government trying to reduce waste to slow it from hitting capacity. Each individual disposable diaper takes approximately 500 years to decompose. Additionally, disposable diapers contain petroleum-based ingredients and non-renewable resources. Many studies have proven that disposable diapers negatively impact the environment both in the production and disposal after use.
It boils down to this – would you rather wear underwear made from cotton or plastic?
Your baby's skin won't be exposed to the highly absorbent chemical that is found in disposable diapers, Sodium Polyacrylate, which was removed from feminine products in 1985 after being linked with Toxic Shock Syndrome. Disposable diapers also contain dioxin, which is a by-product of bleaching paper. Dioxin is the most toxic of all cancer-causing chemicals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
It's Cute & Comfy
So many colors, so many prints! Cloth diapers are so cute you won’t even want to put pants on your child - and in Arizona you don’t need to! Cloth diapers are comfortable and you have the added benefit of knowing exactly what you’re exposing your baby’s skin to.
Cloth diapering doesn’t have to be all or nothing. One cloth diaper can save at least 365 diapers from going into the landfill.
How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Need?
Quantity of cloth diapers required depends on baby’s age and how often you launder.
Estimate replacing or adding a few diapers throughout your baby’s diapering years. General use and care, laundering methods, water hardness, detergent etc., all impact the lifespan of cloth diapers. These amounts are estimates based on average usage.
How Much Do Cloth Diapers Cost?
Cloth diapers can cost as little as $300 for a basic stash, up to $1000 for a luxury stash. Price can vary depending on brand, style, and personal preference. Below are estimated costs for getting started.
Cloth Diaper Sizing
- Cloth diapers have two different sizing scales. Weight range sizes (NB, S, M, L, XL) or "one-size" (OS) which allows adjustability from S to L.
- "One-size" diapers (covers, pockets, all-in-ones) allow caregivers to adjust the size as baby grows. These diapers may not fit for VERY small or large babies. It is typically recommended that newborns wear newborn or size S diapers until they are at least 10-12 pounds.
Tips on planning for your cloth diaper stash
- Cloth diapers are designed in various styles by several different brand manufacturers. Each brand and style may have a slightly different fit and may offer varying features.
- As your baby grows, you may find some brands and styles work best for night, day, or in particular situations.
- All parents and caregivers have their own preferences. Make sure to have some easy-to-use styles available for novice diaper changers.
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