Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cloth diapering

One plunge we have taken this time around that we didn't when Katie was younger is using cloth diapers. I started when Benjamin was about a week old with six bumGenius 4.0 diapers I bought from Nurtured Family with money that was given to us as a baby gift. We have since had one FuzziBunz one-size diaper added to our stash as a gift and I'm planning to order another 6 FuzziBunz next week.

Benjamin sporting his Bluberry FuzziBunz diaper--doesn't he look adorable?!
So far, cloth diapering is working really well for me and I really don't know why I ever hesitated! Changing diapers doesn't really take any extra time, and one extra load of laundry during the day really isn't a big deal. With the seven diapers we have, I use about one disposable per day. Once we have the extra 6 diapers, we will have about $230 worth of diapers plus some accessories (a diaper pail, a wet bag for the diaper bag, cloth wipes, and cloth wipes solution). The diapers will definitely pay for themselves over the next couple years, and even more so if we are able to use them for another baby, which I anticipate we will! Happy Housewife has a great cost breakdown here that even includes the cost of electricity to wash them.

While cost was definitely a large consideration in our decision to switch to cloth diapers, stewardship was a close second. While I was pregnant with Benjamin, I read an article about diapers (I don't remember where) that said they take over 200 years to break down in landfills and the average baby uses one ton of diapers from birth to potty training. Now, I'm not super green, but I do believe God requires us to be good stewards of what He has provided and I don't think unnecessarily putting thousands of pounds of diapers in landfills during the course of my childbearing years is very good stewardship.  Additionally, most brands of disposable diapers have harsh chemicals in them that aren't very good for our sweet babies!

What about y'all? Cloth or disposable, or both?

As a side, Katie is still in disposable diapers and we don't plan to switch her over. She only uses a few diapers each day and will hopefully potty train in the not-too-distant future.

This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday and Frugal Friday.


  1. I totally want to cloth diaper our next babe. I've been trying to figure out which brand to go with....decisions decisions! Benjamin looks adorable!

  2. I am sooooooooo glad to hear of a new mother using cloth! I made that decision with mine, the oldest now 24. Years! Even with a diaper service we saved $$! When we moved to the country I washed my own and line-dried them. Sun is nature's bleach and deodorizer.
    Even if you use disposables when you have to (Sunday school maybe?) you'll still be doing the earth a huge service.
    AND it IS healthier for your baby. Watch how little diaper rash he/she gets.

  3. Happy to hear you're loving cloth diapering!!

  4. We use cloth! I know some people don't like the idea of buying used cloth diapers but have you checked out People sell diapers in all sorts of conditions and some are even new. I've saved alot of money buying on that website! Good for you for taking the leap!