When I heard that the already high price of diapers is going to increase, I decided to act fast and make the switch to cloth diapers for my baby- and I am so glad that I did! I honestly wish that I made the switch sooner. Not only am I saving a decent amount of money doing it, but I am also reaping other benefits from the switch! Check it out!
Why I Switched
I made the switch to cloth diapers in April 2021 after I heard that the price of diapers and other household items were going to increase. I felt motivated to find an alternative that would help us save money in the long run, while also being a little more eco-friendly in the process.
I initially invested about $100 into cloth diapering supplies, which I believe is reasonable for purchasing quality products. We normally spend about $30-$50 per month on disposable diapers right now, but with using cloth diapers 90% of the time, I suspect that we will save over half of that amount every month. I say 90% of the time because we use a disposable diaper at night and when our baby is having a bellyache (because sometimes disposables are just easier with big poop messes).
The most important reason for why I switched to cloth diapers is that my baby started having random rashes from the disposable diapers. My family is very sensitive, so we always have to use unscented, fragrance-free, latex-free, and dye-free products. I have even started making our own unscented laundry soap!
Cloth Diapers That I Use
After reading many (many!) product reviews, I decided to go with AlvaBaby cloth diapers. I chose this brand because of the raving positive reviews as well as the price. I ordered mine off of Amazon but you can also order directly from the AlvaBaby website! The diapers are made with a waterproof polyester outer layer and microfiber inserts. I use the all in one cloth diapers with the 4-layer microfiber inserts.
I purchased Naturally Natures Charcoal Bamboo Diaper Inserts as well from Amazon to go with the AlvaBaby microfiber inserts. This provides extra protection from leaks. I also lay a sheet of AlvaBaby Disposable Bamboo Liners to make cleaning up solids a lot easier! These disposable sheets are advertised as flushable, but I honestly just throw them away. They are made of rayon from bamboo and are unscented, biodegradable, and chlorine free!
I use my homemade laundry soap to wash our cloth diapers in. After washing, I dry the inserts in the dryer and hang the outer liner to dry. After using my homemade laundry soap, I noticed that our laundry is softer and smells more fresh as compared to when we used the store bought detergent! To make this unscented laundry soap, I use 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda, and 1 bar of Dr. Bronner's Unscented Castile Soap (grated). I poured all 3 products into a canister and shook it up to combine. I use about 1-2 tablespoons per small load of laundry.
Things to Consider
Water Bill- Our water bill is included in our monthly rent, so we thankfully don't have to worry about the increase in laundry with using cloth diapers. It's a good idea to factor this in though if water is something that you pay for separately.
Trash Bill- Cloth diapering doesn't effect our trash bill either because trash is also included in our rent. I did notice though that is has reduced the amount of garbage that we take out, which has been a trade-off with doing a little extra laundry.
Convenience vs Budget- There are a lot of household products that we spend a little more money on simply for the convenience of it in our every day busy lives. This is an important thing to consider when switching to cloth diapers!
When thinking of making the switch to cloth diapers, it's a good idea to consider other alternatives as well to ensure you are not only following your budget, but are also aware of the potential extra chore of cloth diapering. Before investing in cloth diapers, I did look into other brands of disposable diapers that were free and clear that might not cause a rash for my baby, but the price of them was considerably more than the disposable diapers we have been using. I am very grateful to have been able to make the initial investment in cloth diapering supplies and start our cloth diaper (and homemade laundry detergent) journey!
Do you use cloth diapers? What has the experience been like for you?
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I am not an affiliate with AlvaBaby or Naturally Natures. I use their products and wrote my honest opinion about them. Links to their website are posted for your convenience.