One thing I have always been glad about being a mom today is that there are so many options that make life more convenient. From cool gadgets to online ordering, our options are endless compared to what moms had a few decades ago.
When it comes to diaper options, I do have to admit that I was a reluctant adopter of the more eco-friendly and budget friendly cloth diapers. In fact, I didn’t use it for my firstborn, relying quite heavily on disposable diapers when I had him 6 years ago. Today, with an almost 1-year old boy following me around all day, I’m really glad that I finally did try cloth diapers.
So what are the perks of choosing cloth diapers over disposable?
- Waste reduction – Obviously, one of the main draws of using cloth diapers is the amount of waste you avoid piling on mother Earth. Looking back at how much disposable diapers I went through with my firstborn makes me cringe.
- Savings – The first time you go out to buy your stock of cloth diapers will probably make it seem more expensive than using disposable diapers. However, depending on the brand of cloth diapers you use (and there are plenty of brands out there!) and the number of diapers and inserts you buy, you’ll be reaping the financial reward in saving within a few months. And since a lot of cloth diapers are adjustable and will last for more than a year, just imagine how much money you’ll save!
- Fashion – Disposable diapers may have cute little drawings on them, but if you want a fashionable looking diaper, then it’s cloth diapers you should use. I admit to feeling like buying more cloth diapers than needed whenever I see a new design come out.
- Performance – The main reason why I was so slow to adopt cloth diapers was that I had misgivings about how well they work. I just didn’t believe that my baby’s little but would stay dry with it. Well it does. And if you use 2 to 3 inserts instead of just one like I do, you can even go all night without changing your baby’s cloth diaper.
- Organic Choices – You will also find many organic baby cloth diapers. Even if you do not use cloth diapers made from organic material, you only need take a look at the materials used for disposable diapers and feel happy and proud for reducing the amount of toxins that touch your baby’s skin each time you use cloth diapers instead.
Photo via Caleb’s Closet Eco Store Facebook Page