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Cloth Diapering

20 Jul

After extensive research (and I do mean extensive – I never knew I could waste so many hours reading forums and blog posts), we have decided to cloth diaper our child.  And any subsequent children that come along.

This decision is mostly financial, but it obviously has environmental impact as well.  Disposable diapers take 250-500 years to decompose in landfills, and 27.4 billion diapers end up in those landfills every year.  Disposables use chemicals and toxins that I wouldn’t let near my own body, let alone my child’s genitals.  Diaper rash was unheard of before the introduction of disposables.

And, of course, the financial implications.  Each baby will need approximately 8 diaper changes per day for 2 years of diapering, using approximately 6,000 diapers from birth to potty training.  With diapers costing an average of 25 cents per diaper, it will cost $1500 to keep a child in diapers, or $62.50 per month.  That’s a lot of money for most families, mine included.

At first we looked into possibly doing a diaper service.  We’re not completely strapped for cash, and could certainly afford a service.  I found that the service is $19.95 per week, or about $2,000 for 2 years of diapering.  That’s not too bad, considering they bring you clean diapers every week, and you’re not dealing with the environmental implications of disposables.  But it’s still a lot of money, and since we plan on having multiple children, I want something that is a longer term solution.

Enter cloth diapering, with me washing and drying the diapers myself.  After extensive research, I decided on a system and placed my order.  It cost ~$300 for my entire stash of diapers, which should last from birth to potty training, and will be used for any future children as well.